You may be aware of a certain non-Easter holiday coming up this Sunday, and whether you're celebrating UN Chinese Language Day or... wait... ohhh, you mean that other holiday. Well if you're gonna be celebrating that holiday, you're gonna need this list of 32 munchies spots that'll cure your 4/20-related cravings.
32 NYC spots to cure the munchies on 4/20
Dough Loco (click here for address and info)
Have you had a miso maple donut before? You should.
BarBacon (click here for address and info)
It's a bar that has bacon in everything. We think you're sold.
Empire Biscuit (click here for address and info)
Go in the morning, pick up enough for the whole day, and relax.
Bromberg Bros. Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken (click here for address and info)
You will get messy; try not to get honey on your pants.
Red Hook Lobster Pound (click here for address and info)
Red Hook and East Village
You may not want a lobster roll, but you're definitely gonna want some lobster mac 'n cheese.
Bantam Bagels (click here for address and info)
You know how you love pizza bagels and breakfast sandwiches? Imagine that in ball form.
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que (click here for address and info)
The dino poutine will make your day.
OddFellows Ice Cream Company (click here for address and info)
You're tired of Ben & Jerry's not putting crazy-enough ingredients in their ice cream.
The Nugget Spot (click here for address and info)
ALL THEY DO IS NUGGETS! IT'S PERFECT!
Puddin' by Clio (click here for address and info)
Unless you plan ahead and stock up on Snack Packs.
Mile End Sandwich Shop (click here for address and info)
Skip the platters and sandwiches, and go right for the smoked meat poutine. And then go back for the sandwiches.
Brooklyn Piggies (click here for address and info)
They save you from having to preheat your oven.
Potatopia (click here for address and info)
Build your own cheese fries here. So, "One with everything, please."
Treat House (click here for address and info)
The only thing they have here is amazing rice krispie treats. The only thing you're gonna want to order, anyway, is... amazing rice krispie treats.
Crif Dogs (click here for address and info)
King Noodle (click here for address and info)
The mirrors and lights in this place may trip you out, but the Doritos kimchee carbonara and the Mapo tofu cheese fries are worth it.
Little Muenster (click here for address and info)
They've got "super fancy" and super great grilled cheese concoctions waiting for you.
Sticky's Finger Joint (click here for address and info)
Well, they've got salted caramel chicken fingers topped with crunchy crushed pretzels, so...
Dos Toros (click here for address and info)
West Village, UES, Union Square, Williamsburg
You could always go for a burrito, really.
Barn Joo (click here for address and info)
Double-fried chicken and a giant full moon on the ceiling. No, you are not imagining that.
Sweet Chick (click here for address and info)
Fried chicken and waffles, mac 'n cheese, and sloppy duck sliders. Get extra -- you'll want to continue this at home.
Los Perros Locos (click here for address and info)
Hot dogs and fries topped with Fritos and fried pork skin!
Jeepney (click here for address and info)
Sisig tacos and the Chore Burger are calling your name. Whoa, not literally.
The Burger Bistro (click here for address and info)
Bay Ridge, Park Slope, UES, Astoria
You can get some pretty insane burgers here. And if you're lucky, this will be the special.
The Meatball Shop (click here for address and info)
Chelsea, West Village, UES, LES, Williamsburg
You're allowed to draw on the menus. Also, you can eat a million meatballs (it's encouraged).
Action Burger (click here for address and info)
You may find yourself in the mood for video games, comic books, and burgers stuffed with other burgers.
Taquitoria (click here for address and info)
Have them deliver a box of 40 of these rolled, fried, flavor bombs.
1. Dough Loco24 E 97th St, New York
2. Brooklyn Piggies195 Avenue A, New York
3. Mile End Sandwich53 Bond St, New York
4. BarBacon836 9th Ave, New York
5. Empire Biscuit198 Avenue A, New York
6. Taquitoria168 Ludlow St, New York
7. Potatopia378 6th Ave, New York
8. Bantam Bagels283 Bleecker St, New York
9. Treat House452 Amsterdam Ave, New York
10. Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken28 E 1st St, New York
11. Crif Dogs113 Saint Marks Pl, New York
12. King Noodle1045 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn
13. Dinosaur Bar-B-Que604 Union St, Brooklyn
14. OddFellows175 Kent Ave, Brooklyn
15. Red Hook Lobster Pound16 Extra Place, New York
16. Dominique Ansel Bakery189 Spring St, New York
17. The Nugget Spot230 E 14th St, New York
18. Puddin' by Clio102 Saint Marks Pl, New York
19. Little Muenster100 Stanton St, New York
20. BaoHaus238 E 14th St, New York
21. Sticky's Finger Joint31 W 8th St, New York
22. Smorgasburg WilliamsburgEast River State Park, Brooklyn
23. Dos Toros137 4th Ave, New York
24. Barn Joo893 Broadway, New York
25. Meatball Shop200 9th Ave, New York
26. Los Perros Locos201 Allen St, New York
27. Jeepney Filipino Gastropub201 1st Ave, New York
28. The Burger Bistro1663 1st Ave, New York
29. Ducks Eatery351 E 12th St, New York
30. Bobwhite Lunch & Supper Counter94 Ave C, New York
31. Action Burger292 Graham Ave, Brooklyn
32. Sweet Chick178 Ludlow St, New York
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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").
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.
An offshoot of NYC restauranteurs the Bromberg Brothers' other Blue Ribbon restos (Blue Ribbon Sushi and Blue Ribbon Brasserie), this East Village outpost is devoted to solely to its tasty fried chicken. There's plenty of finger-licking fried fowl to be had at this roomy, fast-casual counter service joint, in the form of sandwiches, family-style platters, and individual pieces (breasts, thighs, drumsticks) for only a few bucks a pop.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.