New York's Best Food on a Stick

Eating with your hands is fun. Eating with a potential deadly weapon? Double fun! Throughout New York, restaurateurs are increasingly serving food on sticks and skewers, making people rethink ice pops, key lime pie and even accordion-like chicken skin. Here's your dining plan; now stick to it. (Photo: People's Pops)

Updated: September 30, 2010

Food on a Stick in New York


Artisanal Fromagerie & Bistro

2 Park Ave, New York, NY 10016

If you're a freak for fromage, then Artisanal is your stinky, creamy paradise. But instead of selecting a seasonal cheese plate, opt for the fab fondue. Gooey blends (gouda and stout, Manchego and chorizo) are served with your choice of skewered dippables, including kielbasa, fingerling potatoes and air-dried beef.


Steve's Authentic Key Lime Pie

204 Van Dyke St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

Trek down to seafaring Red Hook to find one of New York's most novel desserts: the Swizzle. Steve's signature key lime pie--made with fresh key lime juice--is speared on a stick, dunked in Belgian dark chocolate and frozen solid. With a little crunch, a little give, the Swizzle is tart, chocolaty paradise.


People's Pops

75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

If the thought of sickly sweet ice pops makes you shiver, then perhaps you need to give People's Pops a shot. These treats are fashioned from seasonal fruit and all-natural ingredients, resulting in frozen blends such as strawberries and cream, blueberries and black tea, and star anise with rhubarb. You can't miss People's Pops permanent counter in Chelsea Market--it's decorated with around 5,000 Popsicle sticks.


Yakitori Totto

251 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

Stomp up a set of stairs to find some of midtown's finest grilled fowl. At this jewel-box Japanese restaurant, chefs hunker over a charcoal grill and carefully sizzle choice bits of impaled organic chicken--breasts, wings, thighs and, for the daring, skin, gizzard, liver--to a smoky finish. Everything's stick-gnawingly good. Oh, and a special tip: Prices drop precipitously during lunch.


Xinjiang Kebabs

Forsyth St & Division St, New York, NY 10002

Hidden beneath the hulking Manhattan Bridge, this tiny cart is identified by its long lines and plumes of meat-kissed charcoal smoke. You'll find skewered flesh ranging from cuttlefish to chicken to beef, but the lamb is best. It's cooked to a lacquered crust, then sprinkled with red pepper. Sweetening the deal? It's only a dollar.