Food & Drink

32 NYC spots to cure the munchies on 4/20

Published On 04/17/2014 Published On 04/17/2014
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1. Dough Loco 24 E 97th St, New York, NY 10029 (Upper East Side)

Chef Corey Cova (ABV, Earl's Beer & Cheese) is baking insanely delicious and creative donuts -- like miso-maple, blueberry-rosemary, and blood orange -- on the UES.

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2. Brooklyn Piggies 195 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009 (East Village)

This gourmet pigs-in-a-blanket joint has been a long time coming (like, since our childhood). Head in for Super Bowl favorites and innovative pig options.

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3. Mile End Delicatessen 53 Bond St, New York, NY 10012 (Noho)

Mile End Deli doesn’t fit neatly into a single category, serving non-kosher Jewish French-Canadian comfort food with a hipster twist. And yet, ironically but un-ironically, this has solidified it in the hearts of New Yorkers. Well, that and the absurdly succulent smoked meat. The meat masterminds here have crafted a true tour de force de fries -- poutine with cheese curds, chicken gravy, and the option to add smoked brisket (do it).

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4. BarBacon 836 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019 (Hells Kitchen)

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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5. Empire Biscuit 198 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009 (Alphabet City)

Empire Biscuit is exactly as it sounds... a manically obsessive eatery based around the wonder that are biscuits. They're not ordinary, either -- try one of their custom biscuits, or go with a friend and split the the Snuggah Boo -- a plum, prune & port, goat cheese, and black pepper buttered wonder.

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6. Taquitoria 168 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002 (Lower East Side)

Taquitoria literally only serves... yep, taquitos, which're cooked up by some Restaurant Marc Forgione alums. And let us just say: they are probably the best taquitos you will ever have in your life. Even better than those frozen ones your mom heated up for you after school, if you can believe it.

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7. Potatopia 378 6th Ave, New York, NY 10011 (West Village)

Hit up this potato palace for all things cheesy, saucy, and, um, potato-y. From baked potatoes to sweet potato fries, you can customize your own deliciously starchy creations with all kinds of toppings.

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8. Bantam Bagels 283 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014 (West Village)

It may surprise you, but this place sells bagels. But what's going to blow your mind is their bagel balls that come in all different flavors and're filled with things delicious things like mozzarella and marinara sauce (appropriately named, "The Slice") or a cinnamon raisin bagel ball filled with walnut cream cheese ("The Cinnamonster").

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9. Treat House 452 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024 (Upper West Side)

This crisp rice treats (not to be confused with Rice Krispies Treats) purveyor's baking some delicious treats made with sweets like flavor-infused marshmallows, chocolate ganache, s'mores, and more.

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10. Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken 28 E 1st St, New York, NY 10003 (East Village)

The Bromberg Brothers' success with Blue Ribbon Sushi and Blue Ribbon Brasserie continues with an East Village fast-casual spot devoted to all things fried chicken. Breasts, thighs, wings, and drumsticks, and tenders come crisp and juicy with a side of coleslaw, while fried chicken sandwiches are gussied up with blue cheese, red onion, and bacon (in the case of the Blue Bird). Don't discount the fries: the thin and golden sticks are glued together by cheddar, sprinkled with bacon, and topped with a dollop of sour cream when you get them "with the works." You may need a milkshake to get that down.

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11. Crif Dogs 113 Saint Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009 (East Village)

Crif Dogs is to hot dogs like Katz's is to pastrami and Russ & Daughters is to lox. The house-made dogs come in a variety of styles -- go big with one of the bacon-wrapped dogs, like the Tsunami, which comes with a healthy dosage of teriyaki, pineapple, and green onions, or keep it simple with the deep-fried corn dog (made with a super secret batter, of course). Crif Dogs' original location, in the heart of Alphabet City, is home to the phone booth entrance that leads to one of the city's most iconic speakeasies, PDT.

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12. King Noodle 1045 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237

King Noodle's MO is all about hyper-Americanized Chinese food, while combining unique ingredients to develop delicious and slightly avant-garde eats. Leave it to the crew that gave us Dorito kimchee carbonara to come up with mapo tofu chili cheese fries, which feature mouth-tingling Szechuan peppercorns, tofu, scallions, and good ol’ American cheese.

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13. Dinosaur Bar-B-Que 604 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Before Dinosaur Bar-B-Que was a kitschy blues-and-barbecue chain, it was a motorcycle hang in Syracuse, and all of its locations across the Eastern seaboard pay appropriate homage to its biker bar history. As for the food, the ribs, pulled pork, and brisket are something to write home about, as are the sauced-up hot wings. Live music, featuring acts from rock and reggae to R&B and classic soul, keeps Dinosaur BBQ's honky-tonk charm alive.

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14. OddFellows 175 Kent Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249

OddFellows wants you to "fall even more in love with ice cream", which you're probably going to do when you taste any of the eight to 10 small-batch flavors (and two to four sorbets) that they make from scratch.

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15. Red Hook Lobster Pound 16 Extra Place, New York, NY 10003 (East Village)

Get ready for this seafood market to pwn your entire expectations of the meal you'll have. Specializing in succulent lobster rolls, there are different styles to hone in on (go for the Connecticut-style), and tons of delicious sides, like crispy chips and creamy mac 'n cheese.

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16. Dominique Ansel Bakery 189 Spring St, New York, NY 10012 (Soho)

Master pastry chef Dominique Ansel’s eponymous SoHo bakeshop is best known as the birthplace of the Cronut, a croissant-doughnut mash-up that attracts lines of tourists every morning. There’s a limit of two Cronuts per customer, but luckily the hybrid pastry isn’t all Ansel has in store. The shop sells bite-size fruit tarts, rich chocolate cookies, and Ansel’s other signature sweet, the kouign amann.

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17. 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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18. Puddin' by Clio 102 Saint Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009 (East Village)

If you thought you'd never again taste creamy delicious homemade pudding like you used to have as a kid, then we have good news. It's Puddin' by Clio.

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19. Little Muenster 100 Stanton St, New York, NY 10002 (Lower East Side)

Thought up by a presumably kick-ass couple, the sammies being cranked out at this diminutive dairy destination are from a chef with serious chops (Alta, The Vanderbilt, Lupa), and can be consumed in one of 13 seats surrounded by decor they describe as that of a "New England kitchen", so expect any pitchers to be loaded with beer.

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20. 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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21. 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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22. Smorgasburg Williamsburg East River State Park, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Smorgasburg's Williamsburg outpost is in full force on Saturdays from 11am to 6pm, April through November. Around 100 vendors gather to compete for your love, affection, and money: local artists, food purveyors, trinket collectors, and the like. It's open rain or shine and you'll want to bring cash to streamline the process of getting your hands on burgers, lobster rolls, ice cream and all your other favorite eats.

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23. Dos Toros 137 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003 (Union Square)

Dos Toros is the project of two brothers from California who were sorely disappointed by the lack of true West Coast burritos in NYC. Rather than fly all the way home and give up on their NY life, the pair decided to address the problem directly by opening up a number of DT shops, all serving massive, filling burritos that feature handmade tortillas, rice, beans, cheese, salsa, sour cream, and your choice of meat. In case you aren't looking to go into calorific shock, go relatively lighter with one of their tacos or quesadillas. And wash it down with a cold Corona, because no burrito joint is complete without a liquor license.

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24. Barn Joo 893 Broadway, New York, NY 10003 (Flatiron)

Evoking both a hip Brooklyn nightspot and an actual barn, this hybrid Korean tapas restaurant, bar, and performance space fills the bottom floor of the Hotel Verite with a long, heavily wooded bi-level banquet hall. Shareable Korean eats liked fried dumplings and kimchee bacon pancakes dominate the menu, while picks like truffle mushrooms assert this gastropub's trendy likability.

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25. Meatball Shop 200 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011 (Chelsea)

The Meatball Shop's specializing in making balls out of meat and serving them either as sandwiches, naked or with various sides (like risotto and polenta).

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26. Los Perros Locos 201 Allen St, New York, NY 10002 (Lower East Side)

Get down on Latin America-inspired hot dogs, burgers, tubesteaks, and more at Los Perros Locos, a LES spot bedecked in pink neon and graffiti.

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27. Jeepney Filipino Gastropub 201 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003 (East Village)

Jeepney's a roadhousey East Village haven that has a trellised garden out back, tons of bright colors, tin walls, and highly nuanced art depicting cockfights and naked Filipino pinup girls. The food's a modern twist on the classic Filipino fare, like the Chori burger topped w/ a skinless sausage in lieu of bacon.

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28. The Burger Bistro 1663 1st Ave, New York, NY 10028 (Upper East Side)

This UES bistro is slinging a selection of ridiculous mix 'n match burgs. Just grab a menu, a wax pencil, and your depraved imagination, then conjure up a ridiculously awesome meat + covering concoction, from a beef burger with mozzarella sticks on it, to shrimp burgers topped with... more shrimp.

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29. Ducks Eatery 351 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003 (East Village)

Texas barbecue and Vietnamese fare are the perfect couple at Ducks Eatery in the East Village, where the two cuisines come together to create fusion, one-of-a-kind meat dishes like brisket marinated in fish sauce and chili paste, and curry-laced goat neck. Most plates are meant to be shared -- and paired with an unpretentious cocktail or beer from the sizable roster.

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30. Bobwhite Lunch & Supper Counter 94 Ave C, New York, NY 10009 (Lower East Side)

The East Village foodies behind the cozy delicatessen, Bobwhite Lunch and Supper Counter, serve up local-sustainable farmed fare with a down home twist. This friendly little spot is known for a wide variety of Southern style dishes like tasty fried chicken platters and boneless chicken sandwiches. The bone-in fried chicken supper comes with a flaky hot biscuit and your choice of side (think mac & cheese, fried okra, potato salad, and all the other hearty country staples that are like what your mom makes, only better).

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31. Action Burger 292 Graham Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Action Burger is a haven for pop culture nerds and a place where everybody's invited to eat like a hero/villain. Brilliantly geeked out with display-cased GI Joe figures and artwork from like-minded locals, the place offers up a build-your-own burger sort of deal with toppings like kimchi, bacon, and spicy guac.

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32. Sweet Chick 178 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002 (Lower East Side)

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.