Food & Drink

Where to get 26 NYC dishes your hangover desperately needs right now

Published On 01/01/2015 Published On 01/01/2015
Andrew Zimmer
Shake Shack
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James Boo
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Berikoni - Brick Oven Bread
Alice Gao
GG's
Trattoria Il Mulino
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Drew Swantak
Russ & Daughters
Andrew Zimmer
Andrew Zimmer
Andrew Zimmer
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Daniel Krieger
Andrew Zimmer
Andrew Zimmer
Andrew Zimmer
Andrew Zimmer
Andrew Zimmer
Andrew Zimmer
The Brunch Critic
Red Cat
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1. Colonie 127 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Colonie is an upscale but unpretentious neighborhood restaurant in Brooklyn Heights -- it's the kind of place you go when you feel like treating yourself to a quality dinner and don't want somewhere sceney. You know what we mean. The menu has a little bit of everything: oysters, kale salad, burrata, pasta, and one very fine burger topped with aged cheddar, a fried egg, bacon, and beet ketchup. There is, of course, brunch, where you'll find that damn good burger again, plus monkey bread, buttermilk pancakes, and eggs Benedict. The space is simple with exposed brick walls, wooden ceilings, and touches of greenery.

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2. Root & Bone 200 E 3rd St, New York, NY 10009

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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3. Florian 225 Park Ave S, New York, NY 10003

This Murray Hill spot comes from Fireman Hospitality (Redeye Grill, Trattoria Dell’arte, Brooklyn Diner…), and it has a make-your-own negroni program, and fantastic eats like lasagna osso bucco and veal chop parm.

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4. Tortas Neza at Juan Bar 11103 Roosevelt Ave, New York, NY 11368

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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5. Cheeky Sandwiches 35 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002

Cheeky Sandwiches bring the best flavors from New Orleans to the Lower East Side, offering a heavenly variety of po' boys as well as sweet and savory sides. The secret behind the sandwiches is the bread, shipped directly from John Gendusa Bakery in New Orleans. The Creole and Cajun spot wouldn't be complete without its Big Shot soda, Zapp’s potato chips, beignets, Chicory coffee, and other NOLA natives and staples. The small snack shop is full of charm and warmth, decorated with a white picket fence in front, brightly painted shutters, and red bar stools to match.

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6. Berikoni - Brick Oven Bread 125 Brighton Beach Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11235

Georgian bakeries are rare, even amongst the plethora of Eastern European eateries in Brighton Beach. Here, the most decadent order is the cheese khachapuri, essentially a stuffed cheese pizza (where the cheese tastes like a combination of mozzarella and feta) pulled right from the oven. It also wouldn’t hurt to take home a shotis puri -- the Georgian version of a baguette.

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7. Marta 29 E 29th St, New York, NY 10016

From Danny Meyer and the excellent chef of Maialino, Nick Anderer, this Roman-style pizza joint in the Martha Washington Hotel is serving up simple pies like a Margherita with buffalo mozzarella, and less simple pies like the Capricciosa with mozz, artichokes, prosciutto, olives, and egg.

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8. GG's 511 E 5th St, New York, NY 10009

GG's has eats like half-baked lobsters; oven-baked pasta; a pan-seared burger with white cheddar and melted onions; and an arsenal of pizzas including the Capo the Great, loaded with littleneck, cockle, and razor clams, mozz, ricotta, mascarpone, mushrooms, garlic confit, and rosemary.

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9. Trattoria Il Mulino 36 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003

Trattoria Il Mulino brings upscale Italian cuisine to the Flatiron district. This more affordable spinoff from Il Mulino is a winner at brunch time: meatball Benedicts, Hangover Pizzas, and Burrata French Toasts await your sleepy Sunday morning taste buds.

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10. Nuteria 82 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Nuteria's a bite-sized shop in Brooklyn’s Park Slope that's covering everything in hazelnut chocolate, from crepes and waffles to paninis and cakes. Wash everything down with cappuccinos, coffee, and Nutella hot chocolate.

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11. Extra Fancy 302 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Williamsburg's Extra Fancy serves fried, grilled, and raw seafood, like fish & chips and lobster bisque fries, plus a notable secret sauce-topped burger. It's open late -- until 2am every night -- and its special late-night menu will have you covered should you ever get a midnight lobster roll craving. The brick-and-wood interior is reminiscent of a New England seafood shack, albeit a hipster one.

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12. Russ & Daughters Cafe 127 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002

Around the corner from the iconic Lower East Side appetizing shop of the same name, Russ & Daughters Cafe serves everything you love about the original (pastrami-cured salmon, whitefish salad on a bagel, caviar) in a sit-down luncheonette space. Cafe-specific dishes like babka French toast and halvah ice cream cater to the brunch crowd, as do Jewish classics like knishes, latkes, and matzoh ball soup. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, R&D Cafe is proof that Jewish noshes are the perfect anytime food.

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13. Black Seed 170 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10012

Black Seed subscribes to the Montreal school of bagel-making, meaning its bagels, which are smaller than the quintessential New York ones, are rolled by hand, boiled in honey water, then baked in a wood-fired oven. Sandwiches made with a variety of smoked fishes and speciality spreads -- like the house-cured beet lox number with horseradish cream cheese -- continuously draw weekend crowds in search of their morning bagel fix.

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14. Waldorf Astoria New York 301 Park Ave, New York, NY 10022

Declared an NYC landmark in the early '90s, the Waldorf-Astoria on Park Ave has long hosted eminent guests. But more important than the five-star, art-deco hotel's A-list clientele is its incredible all-you-can-eat brunch at its Peacock Alley Restaurant, which, though a bit pricey, is an experience in and of itself. The Waldorf is also home to La Chine and Bull and Bear Prime Steakhouse.

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15. Golden Unicorn 18 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002

Golden Unicorn is a bustling two-storied Cantonese mainstay offering dim sum via attentive, fast-moving cart service. The uniformed service and dragon/phoenix decor add to the old-fashioned dim sum dining experience. You'd be remiss not to try the Darien pastry -- it’s uncommon in Americanized spots, and GU does it very well.

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16. Choza Taqueria 600 11th Ave, New York, NY 10036

This Hell's Kitchen spot doles out excellent Mexican beachside-style eats including tacos, burritos, tostadas, and the somewhat rare, breakfast tacos.

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17. Untamed Sandwiches 43 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018

This sandwichery is doling out impressive eats, all hilariously named. Try the Butt, or Hot Goldie.

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18. Pasar Malam 208 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211

This Malaysian spot in Williamsburg is overflowing with extremely innovative eats. Head in for the s'mores roti, Ais, soft-shell crab ragu, and a drink called the Michael Jackson. Get it all.

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19. Sweet Chick 178 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002

The Brooklyn favorite's LES location has some of the best chicken & waffle combos in the entire city. Creations in the past have included chicken and Parm waffles and a special, weekend-only chicken & foieffles, and definitely don't sleep on the tasty cocktails, which are all original creations.

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20. The Derby 167 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002

The Derby -- a LES Southern-fare staple -- is doling out serious eats, ranging from chicken-fried steak, Pimento patty melts, and strong, unique whiskeys.

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21. BarBacon 836 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

NYC's seen its fair share of single-item centric bars and restos but none captures the zeitgeist more than BarBacon. An ode to everything pork, you'd be remiss to go to this Hell's Kitchen spot and not try a bacon flight, a riff on the omnipresent beer sampler showcasing a selection of four artisanal cured variations on the fatty treat, or at least the bacon guac. Non-bacon options (aka a beer and wine list) are also spot on.

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22. The Woods 48 S 4th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

After years of running a rickety taco truck out of its crowded back patio, The Woods in Williamsburg changed the game with a backyard bar that's slinging island-themed cocktails as well as eats from an actual kitchen operated by Landhaus (we suggest the Maple Bacon Stick, which is famous in its own right). Rotating DJs and live music round out the rest of the weekly night scene, and continuously pique the interest of the young Brooklynite scene.

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23. Buvette 42 Grove St, New York, NY 10014

This charming West Village spot (with a second location in Paris’ 9th arrondissement) offers a number of classic dishes like croque-monsieur and coq au vin alongside some great French wines, but its known primarily for its standout brunch -- namely, espresso wand-steamed scrambled eggs topped with prosciutto and shaved Parmesan.

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24. The Red Cat 227 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011

New American comfort food is king at this narrow, popular eatery in Chelsea, which has been in operation since 1999. Menu highlights include options like shrimp tacos, slow-roasted duck breast, burgers, and steaks. What puts this spot on the map, however, is its extensive wine offerings and BYOB status, which is especially great during brunch.