Food & Drink

The NYC 4/20 Munchies Guide

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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.

Oh, and we pulled some of these from our new hasthtag #forkyeah, so if taking pics of ohmygodfood and getting Insta-famous is your thing, start tagging your photos and we’ll share the best ones on our Instagram and Facebook. Enjoy.

Fried chicken and waffle sandwiches

Root & Bone (address and info)
East Village

Courtesy of The Meatball Shop

Late-night breakfast sandwiches filled with meatballs

Meatball Shop (address and info)
Multiple locations
After 11pm, scoring this American cheese, fried egg, bacon, and breakfast meatball sandwich from The Meatball Shop should be your only goal.

Courtesy of Hakkasan

Dim sum, all the dim sum

Multiple locations
Oh, but you don’t know which one to hit up? Let us enlighten you.

Subway churros

Assorted subway stations throughout the city
Get them before the NYPD does.

Courtesy of the Nugget Spot


The Nugget Spot (address and info)
East Village
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.

Korean baked goods

Tous Les Jours (address and info)
It has some excellent bread, but also, some insanity like this hot dog cheesy bread shot by Thrillist Partnerships Manager @yvngandrew.

Mac & cheese

Mable’s Smokehouse (address and info)
You're thinking about licking your screen right now, aren’t you? DON’T! Get this killer mac from Mable’s like @instafung did.

Crispy arepa frita Cubana

Patacon Pisao (address and info)
Lower East Side
@PataconPisaoNYC does a lot of good stuff, but not a whole lot looks better than this crispy arepa frita Cubana, loaded with fried queso blanco, pulled pork, and ham.

Vito Corleone Dog

New York Dog House (address and info)
This links spot just debuted this bad boy with sautĂ©ed peppers, mushrooms, marinara, and mozzarella on a weisswurst. You’re gonna want this.

Adult Cheese

The Commodore (address and info)
Distract yourself with a video game or a weird movie from the '80s while you house down on this master class in grilled cheese making.

Courtesy of Shake Shack

Shake Shack's breakfast sandwiches

Shake Shack in Grand Central (address and info)
What you’re doing up this early and in Grand Central is a mystery, but make it worthwhile by scoring a box of these bad boys.

Courtesy of James Boo

Torta Puma

Tortas Neza at Juan Bar (address and info)
Get out to Corona for some of the best cheap eats in the city at the window for Tortas Neza at Juan Bar and experience a massive sandwich that’s packed with pretty much every meat you can think of (or at least everything they have).

Courtesy of Taim


TaĂŻm (address and info)
West Village
Munchies are better when you can pretend they’re healthy.

Smoked meat poutine

Mile End (address and info)
Nolita/Boerum Hill
Cheese curds, gravy, fries, smoked meat, repeat.


Brooklyn Star (address and info)
Another winner from @yvngandrew, these go great with fried chicken and another order of donuts.

Chairman Bao

Baohaus (address and info)
East Village
Eddie Huang is famous now, and these are the buns that got him started. Those are two facts you will probably not remember while taking down, like, 20 of them. The photo’s by @Wendsdaway.

Crazy chicken fingers

Sticky’s Finger Joint (address and info)
West Village/Murray Hill
@one4islands knows what's up: get bomb chicken fingers covered with all kinds of crazy toppings, including pretzels and salted caramel. Also, don’t leave without getting the s’mores fries.


PressTea (address and info)
West Village
A burrito with ramen jammed in it sounds exactly right.

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.

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Anything from our recipes section

Your kitchen
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.

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Andrew Zimmer is Thrillist's NYC Editor and he is almost definitely eating an entire can of Pringles right now. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

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