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Salute the Kernel

The corn is high, and so is the urge among chefs to show it off.

  1. 1. La Palapa

    77 St. Marks Pl., nr. First Ave.; 212-777-2537

    Huitlacoche, a fungus that infects sweet corn, is an improbable Mexican delicacy and the centerpiece of a festival that runs from August 15 through August 20. Typically, the stuff is imported from Mexico frozen or canned; here, it’s grown organically in Massachusetts.

  2. 2. Zócalo

    174 E. 82nd St., nr. Third Ave.; 212-717-7772

    For his second annual corn festival, August 18 through August 25, chef Julian Medina—reared in Mexico, trained in France—features dishes like chile-mayo-slathered cobs, blue-corn huaraches, and sweet-corn sorbet.


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