Food & Drink

The NYC 4/20 Munchies Guide

Published On 04/20/2015 Published On 04/20/2015
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1. The Nugget Spot 230 E 14th St, New York, NY 10003 (East Village)

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!

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2. Tous Les Jours 31 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001 (Korea Town)

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.

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3. Root & Bone 200 E 3rd St, New York, NY 10009 (Alphabet City)

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.

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4. Mable's Smokehouse and Banquet Hall 44 Berry St, New York, NY 11211

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.

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5. Patacon Pisao 139 Essex St, New York, NY 10002 (Queens)

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.

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6. New York Dog House 37-06 30th Ave, Queens, NY 11103 (Astoria)

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.

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7. The Commodore 366 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

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.

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8. Shake Shack Grand Central Terminal, 109 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017 (Midtown East)

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.

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9. Tortas Neza at Juan Bar 11103 Roosevelt Ave, New York, NY 11368 (Queens)

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.

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10. Taïm 222 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10014 (West Village)

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.

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11. The Brooklyn Star 593 Lorimer, New York, NY 11211

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.

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12. BaoHaus 238 E 14th St, New York, NY 10003 (East Village)

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.

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13. Sticky's Finger Joint 31 W 8th St, New York, NY 10011 (West Village)

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.

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14. Presstea 167 7th Ave S, New York, NY 10014 (West Village)

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.

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15. The Bagel Store 349 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211 (Williamsburg)

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.