'Fast Food International' on Serious Eats

Fast Food International: Caffe Bene

The concept of this premiere U.S. outpost of a Korean chain isn't unfamiliar: the emphasis on coffee drinks and customers parked with laptops feels Starbucks-y; the pick-your-own pastries in the front wouldn't be out of place in Au Bon Pain; and the refrigerated case of salads, sandwiches and wraps is reminiscent of Pret a Manger. The Korean influence is not particularly obvious. More

Fast Food International: Amorino, French Gelato Chain Comes to the US

In a city already teeming with chilly treats—both homegrown and from abroad—you might wonder if we really need a new interloper. Maybe we do. Amorino, a Parisian import that opened in early June, is the latest gelato chain to make an appearance in NYC. It strikes a balance between the purist seriousness of Grom and Timi's unabashed kookiness (don't forget those sundaes with faces). More

Fast Food International: BBQ Chicken

When South Korean 'BBQ Chicken' came to NYC in 2007, it took a familiar path and set up on the international fast food row of St. Marks Place, and Chelsea; the chain followed this typical trajectory and eventually shuttered both Manhattan locations. Now, there are two remaining branches walking distance from each other in Flushing, a logical location, and one that makes no sense geographically in Sheepshead Bay. More

Fast Food International: Eat & Go

Situated in a small greenhouse-like structure in Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, it's not immediately obvious that overgrown kiosk is anything more than a standard café. It's not until the word Istanbul and the charmingly awkward slogan "Superior Food by Dessertist" comes into view that the stand's foreign origin becomes apparent. More

Fast Food International: Saravanaa Bhavan

One of the many brightly lit Indian restaurants lining Lexington Avenue's "Curry Hill," vegetarian Saravanaa Bhahan (also listed as Saravanaas and Saravana by the company) isn't instantly recognizable as a chain. And being a franchise certainly doesn't repel crowds; on any given evening there will be a wait for seating. More

Fast Food International: Ajisen Noodle

Country of Origin: Japan Locations Worldwide: Over 120 in Australia , Canada, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, the US NYC Locations: One in Manhattan's Chinatown and one in Flushing's Most people don't... More

Fast Food International: Piola

Country of Origin: Italy Locations Worldwide: 29 in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Honduras, Italy, Mexico, Turkey, and the US NYC Locations: One, near Union Square Maybe because Piola has been covered in scaffolding for ages, but the Italian chain (which... More

Fast Food International: Kyedong

Just like CheoGaJip, South Korean Kyedong Chicken also just one New York City shop in Flushing. Unlike CheoGaJip, there are no unusual pizzas on premises. Instead, this fried chicken specialist gives second billing to another animal altogether: the pig. Pig's feet, pork belly and blood sausage round out many of the combo meals. More

Fast Food International: Loving Hut

Country of origin: Taiwan Locations worldwide: Over 200 in 20 countries including Australia, Brazil, Indonesia, Mongolia, Norway, Paraguay and Turkey NYC locations: One, in Chelsea Perhaps you haven't given up on your New Year's resolution to eat healthier yet,... More

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