The 10 Best Restaurants for Munchies in NYC
In this week's Village Voice, I probe the neuromechanics behind the munchies and why we crave certain foods while we're high. I also talk stoner cuisine, which seems to have taken off in recent years, driven by young, curious mouths who are pushing chefs to experiment with ever more esoteric ingredients, styles, and techniques. There's never been a better time to get high and go eat in New York City.
Kate Sokoler via Flickr Noodling with the Kings
Peep the choices below for some dank eats to sate even the strongest of buzzes.
King Noodle, 1045 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-456-6543
For a strange but pleasant snack, head to this funky Bushwick clubhouse, where the neon, graffiti-scrawled digs should enhance your buzz. In chef Nick Subic's kitchen, anything goes, as long as it's fun and tastes good, so expect zany dishes like Dorito kimchi carbonara and ma po chili cheese fries, a bizarrely but totally awesome take on classic diner disco or chili-cheese fries. Subic starts with cheese-scattered fries, which he smothers in ground pork and hot Szechuan pepper-inundated sauce and tops with soft, silky tofu and scallions. Or, if you want to keep it classy, go for a curry: On a recent visit, we languished in a surprisingly civilized lamb coconut curry bowl and a plate of spicy peanut wings. Regardless of your mental state, King Noodle's young, hip waitstaff are not the kind to care.
Photo via Caracas Eat an arepa, dude.
Caracas, multiple locations
When in a haze of cannabis-induced euphoria, arepas are a solid choice, and if you're craving Caracas, we recommend you head for the Williamsburg location, which is bigger, less crowded, and generally more genial than the shoebox-sized East Village original. (With a little resolve, and maybe an extra hit or six so you're stoned past the point of caring, 7th Street is totally doable, too). Wherever you go, the food is a smoker's dream: hand-held corn shells, stuffed to the brim with tasty combinations like roast pork shoulder with spicy mango salsa, grilled chicken, chorizo, avocado, and green chimichurri, or grilled white cheese with beans, jalapeño, red peppers, and ripe fried plantains, which add a malty, sweet tinge. Top your meal with one of Caracas's plethora of sauces, which lend themselves to endless mixing and matching until your inebriated ass gets it just right.
Via Do or Dine Get your mohawk on with a whole fried fish and fries at Do or Dine.
Do or Dine, 1108 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-684-2290
One of the early outposts of the so-called "new stoner cuisine," this Bed-Stuy neighborhood joint (with a sprawling backyard that lets you eat in nature) opened in 2010 on a mission to inject jokey creativity into serious food. The restaurant's critical success catapulted chef Justin Warner to celebrity-chefdom, and along with partners Perry Gargano, George McNeese, and Luke Jackson, Warner is still serving some of the weirdest (and reliably tasty) food in town. Pop in for "a fish and some chips," a whole fried porgy, served over fries and a bright yellow tobiko mohawk, or the restaurant's most infamous dish, the foie gras donut.
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