NYC’s Best Watermelon Dishes

July 31, 2019

Sure, here in New York City, we’re known for the slice—of pizza. But did you know we’ve also made somewhat of a name for ourselves in the world of watermelon? In honor of National Watermelon Day on August 3 (yup, it exists!), we thought what better way to celebrate than with a list of some of the city’s juiciest dishes. How many have you tried?


Watermelon Ice Cream Sandwich

Photo by Pel

Pâtissier extraordinaire Dominique Ansel created What-A-Melon back in 2017 at his Tokyo bakery. It’s since made its way to New York at various times in limited servings. A cool, refreshing treat, the juicy slice features a hollowed middle cradling a watermelon soft-serve twist. And those seeds? Made out of dark chocolate. We’re not sure when it will be back but we definitely recommend trying it when it’s here.

Dominique Ansel Bakery
189 Spring St.
New York, NY 10012

Watermelon Soju

Though this one’s a drink, it’s been around for a while and is so special that it deserves a spot on our list. Soju is a clear, colorless distilled Korean beverage, and in Manhattan’s Koreatown, you’ll find a Watermelon Soju at Pocha 32 that makes for a wonderful centerpiece during your family-style meal. Served in a halved, hollowed watermelon punch bowl, the drink is made from puréed watermelon, soju, Sprite, added sweetener and full of ice. Perfect on a hot day!

Pocha 32
15 W 32nd St. #2
New York, NY 10001

Smoked Watermelon

Smoked Watermelon Steak

Photo by Ducks Eatery

Last year the $75 smoked watermelon “ham” at Ducks Eatery went viral, racking up around 100 million views and selling out in the restaurant. It came back this past July though. We haven’t tried it yet but it looks unique and labor intensive. The gourmet fruit is cured for four to six days, dried and smoked for eight hours before being finished in a pan. And though it did go viral, chef and co-owner Will Horowitz created the dish because of a sincere interest in both smoking and treating fruits and veggies with the same care as meat. Looks so much like meat, doesn’t it?

Ducks Eatery
351 E 12th St.
New York, NY 10003

Matcha Melon Bowl

Ramen Served in Watermelon

Photo by mokbar

Speaking of things served in halved watermelons, mokbar got a lot of press last year for its Matcha Melon Bowl—their take on traditional Korean watermelon soup, subak naengmyeon. The dish is made of cold matcha noodles, garlic shrimp, bulgogi beef and gochujang dressing, and is available seasonally. Follow their Instagram to find out when and where.

212 Flatbush Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11217

mokbar Chelsea Market
75 9tha Ave.
New York, NY 10011

Watermelon Bingsoo

Another seasonal dessert that’s caught our eye is the Watermelon Bingsoo (Korean shaved ice) at Sweet Moment. Fresh watermelon balls, condensed milk, rainbow jelly, rice cake, chocolate chips, superman ice cream, syrup and a cute meringue cookie make this dish stand out.

Sweet Moment
106 Mott St.
New York, NY 10013

Watermelon Margarita Sundae

Watermelon Margarita Sundae

Photo by Tipsy Scoop

Newly opened in Brooklyn with a flagship in Manhattan, Tipsy Scoop is an ice cream barlour that serves photo-worthy, liquor-infused creations. The Brooklyn location has a Watermelon Mint Margarita Sundae (spiked with tequila) that looks worth standing on line for.

Tipsy Scoop
270 Metropolitan Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Salted Watermelon Frosé

Last but not least, the Salted Watermelon Frosé at Elsa was a thing in 2017. Is it still? We aren’t sure, but if not we hope they bring it back because we never got a chance to try it. Garnished with a slice, this cocktail is said to be salty, sweet and delicious.

136 Atlantic Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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