Food & Drink

The 7 spiciest dishes in NYC

Published On 06/15/2014 Published On 06/15/2014
Spiciest food in NYC
Evan Sung
Evan Sung
Harold Dieterle/ Kin Shop
Jocelyn Jiang
Buka
Photo courtesy of Craig Samuel/Peaches HotHouse
Brick Lane Curry House
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1. Uncle Boons 7 Spring St, New York, NY 10012 (Soho)

Unlike the countless generic pad Thai and pineapple fried rice spots around town, this Michelin-starred basement bungalow serves authentic Thai cuisine broken up into drinking snacks, small plates, large plates, and dishes off the charcoal grill. The Khao Soi Kaa Kai is an absolute must -- a steaming bowlful of yellow curry-soaked noodles and an almost impossibly tender chicken drumstick. Frozen beer slushies pair well with spicier dishes, and the small, always-packed space lends itself to trading a caramelized riblet for a bite of garlic-coated pea shoots with a nearby neighbor.

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2. Peaches Hothouse 415 Tompkins Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11216 (New York)

The popular Bed-Stuy HotHouse condenses the two menus from its owners' first two joints -- a soul spot and a 'cue joint -- and turns the focus to comforting, regional staples, like Nashville hot chicken and NOLA-favorite barbecue shrimp, served over fried grits. Come by on Saturdays and Sunday for brunch to experience Southern hospitality and its finest.

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3. Kin Shop 469 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10011 (Greenwich Village)

For this family style eatery, "modern Thai" means American style food with Thai flavors. Lamb comes rendered in a curry sauce while a cup of fermented plum-shrimp sauce rides a long with a plate of tea-smoked ribs. Even fried chicken flies into the menu, marinated in ginger, garlic, lemongrass, oyster sauce and Thai shrimp paste before being fried in rice flour and served with fish-chili sauce on the side.

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4. Brick Lane Curry House Midtown 235 E 53rd St, New York, NY 10022 (Midtown East)

The Midtown outpost of the East Village's Indo-Brit standby is a go-to for curries and dishes with origins all across India.

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5. Buka Nigerian Restaurant 946 Fulton St., Brooklyn, NY

If you're going to have Nigerean fare and aren't afraid of the authentic spices, why not go where the Nigereans go? Yes, you'll be able to expect pod pod(small doughnuts) as well as fried plantains(they call them dodo) but you will also be able to get our hands on Igbin(large West African snails) as well as burnt goat's head and goat stew.

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6. Xi'an Famous Foods 24 W 45th St, New York, NY 10036 (Midtown West)

This cash-only Chinese food spot has many spots around the city, and is most well-known for its seriously spicy dishes. The ingredients are super-fresh, super-tasty, and super-mind-numbing. New York locals love eating here, and as soon as you stop by you'll understand why.

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7. Maima's Liberian Bistro And Bar 106-47 Guy R Brewer Blvd, Jamaica, NY 11433 (Queens)

Chef/owner Maima Kamara brings an authentic Liberian eating experience to Queens, and nothing is more pertinent to a Liberian food experience than trying their national dish: pepper shrimp. Be sure to take this plate seriously though, as the gravy is made with Scotch Bonnet peppers, which are liable to melt your tongue.