i'm not sure what you're asking, but i think it's the other way around. foods from all over the world are brought to big cities, melting pot areas simply because there's a market for it. i bet i could find snake on a menu somewhere.
also, ypu might not realize how big the u.s. is. nyc isn't all that close to massachusetts, florida, or washington state. in fact, it's almost as far from you to me as is washington state from me.
southern connecticut is considered the nyc area, but not north and western conn..
in any case, it's about the market here. if some will pay for it, you can almost be sure you can get it. not so much the illegal things.
you have to talk to craig about that...