Every week, I document another dish that impressed and satiated me during my food adventures around New York City

HYBIRD, 75 Ninth Avenue (between West 15th and West 16th Street), Inside Chelsea Market, Meatpacking District

Fried chicken drumsticks. Dumplings. Cupcakes. Slushies. What a strange collection of dishes on one menu. A perfect name for this fast food joint nestled inside Chelsea Market would be “Hybrid”. And that’s what I had been calling Questlove’s ode to things he loves to eat.

But then somebody pointed out to me that it was actually called Hybird – a reference no doubt to The Roots drummer’s famous fried chicken. The joke was so subtle and sophisticated that I totally missed it. Either that, or my dyslexia is acting up again.

I stopped by to whatever this place is called for a quick bite before an event. But the eclectic menu made it really difficult to order just one thing. I was most eager for the fried chicken, but also had to taste one of the dumpling offerings. I resisted the cucpakes and slushies. The high price point ($4 for one chicken leg!) helped me stop ordering.

Mornay's Truffled Egg Dumplings at HYBIRD

While the monstrous chicken leg was decent (although absurdly overpriced), I was much more excited by Mornay’s Truffled Egg Dumplings. I assume the name of these fried wontons refer to the classic creamy French sauce with cheese and not the almost-forgotten actress Rebecca de Mornay.

Mornay's Truffled Egg Dumpling at HYBIRD

I haven’t had this style of Chinese-American dumplings (think crab rangoon) in a long while, but they were undeniably delicious. The mostly greaseless exterior was sweet, salty, and full of crunch. Inside, the scrambled egg mixture had a surprising abundance of truffle aroma with a rich cheesy body.

At $7 for 4 dumplings, this is also a bit steep. But they’re located in the middle of uber-trendy Chelsea Market – what do you really expect? At least, this is one of the hybrids at Hybird that I actually get.

HYBIRD
75 Ninth Avenue (between West 15th and West 16th Street),
Meatpacking District

(212) 989-3332
hybirdnyc.com
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Brian Hoffman is a classically trained actor who is now a full-time tour guide, blogger, and food obsessive. He leads food and drink tours around New York City, which not only introduce tour-goers to delicious food, but gives them a historical context. He also writes food articles for Gothamist and Midtown Lunch in addition to overseeing this blog and a few food video series, including Eat This, Locals Know, and Around the World in One City.

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