If you’re the kind of person who gets high once a year, today is likely the day you do it. If you're the kind of person who gets high way more times than once a year, every day is likely the day you do it. If you're the kind of person who does either, you're gonna want to read about these 20 must-eat NYC munchies.
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Fried chicken and waffle sandwiches
Root & Bone (address and info)
Dim sum, all the dim sum
Oh, but you don’t know which one to hit up? Let us enlighten you.
Assorted subway stations throughout the city
Get them before the NYPD does.
The Nugget Spot (address and info)
They’re a hybrid of nachos and nuggets, and thanks to the Nugget Spot, now you don’t have to do this yourself. Also of note here: the 420 Combo, which includes 20 pieces of any chicken nugget, two sides, two drinks, and one CSB (deep-fried cookie dough nuggets) for $20 and a nugget eating contest at 8pm today.
Smoked meat poutine
Mile End (address and info)
Cheese curds, gravy, fries, smoked meat, repeat.
The Bacon Egg and Cheese Bagel bacon egg and cheese
The Bagel Store (address and info)
It doesn't always have this concoction, but there always is something interesting like the Cragel, a croissant-bagel hybrid, or a French toast bagel.
Have you seen what our mad genius chef is doing over there? Bacon Bowls. Deep-fried Cadbury Cream eggs. Breakfast cereal cookies. Bacon-wrapped, stout-battered onion rings, we could go on... what’s that? You want us to go on? Fine... enormous meatballs stuffed with spaghetti.
1. The Nugget Spot230 E 14th St, New York
2. Tous Les Jours31 W 32nd St, New York
3. Root & Bone200 E 3rd St, New York
4. Mable's Smokehouse and Banquet Hall44 Berry St, New York
5. Patacon Pisao139 Essex St, New York
6. New York Dog House37-06 30th Ave, Queens
7. The Commodore366 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn
8. Shake ShackGrand Central Terminal, 109 E 42nd St, New York
9. Tortas Neza at Juan Bar11103 Roosevelt Ave, New York
10. Taïm222 Waverly Pl, New York
11. The Brooklyn Star593 Lorimer, New York
12. BaoHaus238 E 14th St, New York
13. Sticky's Finger Joint31 W 8th St, New York
14. Presstea167 7th Ave S, New York
15. The Bagel Store349 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn
An entire restaurant based on the simple concept of the chicken nugget? You betcha. Stop by and enjoy their laid-back atmosphere and some beer (or wine) or grab your nuggets to go!
Check out this Korean bakery in Koreatown for freshly baked bread, coffee and tea, sweet desserts, and even some ridiculousness like a cheesy bread with a sausage baked into the middle.
Top Chef veterans Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth dominate Alphabet City's fried chicken scene with Root & Bone. It's a Southern kitchen doing takeout-able, down-home (yet sneakily refined) eats, in a spot that could easily be the ground floor of some country B&B somewhere. Irresistible offerings include gooey corn spoonbread, BBQ brisket biscuits, and, of course, fried chicken.
Refurbishing former tonic water factory digs with their own four hands, the husband & wife team behind Mable's stocked their airy, industrial barn-steezed "roadhouse" with long communal tables set with chairs they either built themselves or sourced from flea markets, a giant buck head shot by the owner's cousin, and a central bar lit by hanging rusted buckets. The sliced brisket is lean with the perfect amount of fat and smokiness to not even require sauce. Order at the counter and be served almost as quickly as you can sit down.
This food truck turned restaurant has been serving Queens the best of Venezuelan cuisine since 2005, including their plantains, which have been raved about by everyone from locals to the New York Times.
Astoria's New York Dog House steps up with an impressive lineup of dogs, plus burgers, sandwiches, and an extensive signature cocktail list that you wouldn't necessarily expect from a hot-dog centric establishment.
The Commodore is a Southern/tropical-themed dive bar in Williamsburg. Open late, hipsters flock to its incredible fried chicken sandwiches, burgers, biscuits, and seriously dope grilled cheese. Its cocktails are also top-notch: get the eponymous Commodore, which is a Pina Colada gone buck-wild with an extra shot of amaretto thrown in there for good measure.
Located at Grand Central Station, this Shake Shack location is just as tasty as the original, doling out the seriously delicious burgers, shakes, custard & dogs that have made it a Big Apple institution.
The best tortas in town can be found from a little walk-up window at a bar in Corona, Queens. The chorizo and egg “Torta Chivas” is pretty much the best breakfast ever, and the carnitas are excellent, so be sure to make the trip up there.
This West Village counter-serve makes crave-worthy falafel that should definitely be part of your weekly lunch repertoire if you work nearby. The three varieties of falafel -- traditional, harissa, and roasted red pepper -- are served as sandwiches or platters, and are complemented by healthy sides like Israeli salad, spicy Moroccan carrots, and marinated red beets. Taim is quick and cheap (most sandwiches are under $10) but the food isn't greasy or fast-food like at all.
This Williamsburg spot is a renowned Southern foodery, thanks to its country-fried steak, Dr. Pepper ribs, bacon-wrapped trout, and of course, Chicken and Waffle Cones.
The incomparable Eddie Huang's shaking things up at the EVill follow-up to his smash hit BaoHaus, not only adding to the menu, but also upping the kitchen equipment (Actual gas! A real fryer!), going large enough to accommodate dining tables in addition to counter seating by the open kitchen, and throwing up a "Great Wall of Chinamen" mural featuring everyone from Confucius, to Connie Chung, to Gizmo, to a Dance Dance Revolution machine.
Pizza and burgers be damned, Sticky's wants to convert you to the chicken finger camp. Part lunch counter, part gourmet version of KFC, Sticky's is a sparsely decorated NYC chain whose graffitied walls and simple booths force you to focus on its wonderfully crispy chicken fingers and poppers, house-made dipping sauces, and loaded sides like the cheesy, greasy bacon mac fries.
Presstea, the West Village's prime dessert and small bites eatery, is also home to the city's only Ramenrrito. Head in for a delicious snack, or indulge in one of the heartiest ramen concoctions known to man.
Scot Rossillo, the legend behind The Bagel Store in Williamsburg, turns the round-shaped bread obsession into an art form. Using classic old-fashioned techniques and top-notch ingredients, the bagels and cragels that come from his imagination are nothing short of visionary. From the Rainbow Bagel to the German Pumpernickel Beer Bagel, it's clear that no color or ingredient is off-limits.