No, you can’t die of a hangover — but it may feel like it. In addition to tons and tons of water and some ibuprofen, try one of these hearty dishes that’s sure to at least comfort you in day-after times of need. From down-and-dirty hot dogs to a massive BEC, here’s where to treat a hangover with food in New York City.Read More
18 Hearty Hangover-Busting Dishes in NYC
From a rich Korean hangover soup to a meatloaf sandwich, here are the comfort dishes to nosh on after a night of drinking
1. Chicken and waffles at Red Rooster
This Harlem Southern staple from celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson excels at comforting, homey fare. Chicken and waffles are a hefty option, made with a fried chicken leg slathered in hot maple-chile sauce and set atop a snickerdoodle waffle. Pickles add some zip.
2. Burger and fries at Shake Shack
Shake Shack’s iconic burger and crinkle fries will always satisfy. Round out the meal with a milkshake, and cure a hangover for less than 20 bucks.
3. Hot dogs at Gray's Papaya
The hot dogs at Gray’s Papaya on the Upper West Side are just the sort of fast and greasy meal one might need at a moment’s notice when hungover. The slender, natural-skinned franks are made in New Jersey and served on a puffy white bun with your choice of sauerkraut, mustard, and stewed onions. The institution is open 24 hours, and there’s nothing wrong with a hot dog breakfast. Get two for good measure.
4. Eggs Benedict at Queens Comfort
This dependable and quirky Astoria brunch spot has several takes on eggs Benedict, ranging from a salty pork version with bacon, fig jam, and brie to a Creole version with fried tilapia and shrimp served over cornbread. The formula is simple: perfectly poached eggs on top of a starch, topped with hollandaise and other treats. And the meat portions are generous.
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5. Gamjatang at Hahm Ji Bach | 함지박
Gamjatang, a spicy and nourishing pork bone stew, is often referred to as hangover soup. Bowls like the one at Hahm Ji Bach are designed to make the body recuperate after a night out, with the electrolytes from the broth, and the perfect mix of carbs and protein to soak up alcohol. The one at this 24-hour Flushing spot is best enjoyed in the early hours of the morning, straight after the club, as a preventative cure.
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6. Shakshuka at Mémé Mediterranean
For just being a tomato and pepper stew with eggs, shakshuka is a surprisingly filling brunch option. Meme’s version is “chunky and profuse, subtly scented with cumin, while the eggs, three in number, are poached but still a bit runny. And the pitas are puffy and toasted, perfecting the dish,” Eater critic Robert Sietsema says. Meat eaters can add merguez sausage, too.
7. BEC at Daily Provisions
The breakfast sandwiches at Danny Meyer’s Daily Provisions are extra large. The classic BEC is packed with very thick-cut Berkshire bacon and American cheese, while the sausage variety comes with smoked gouda and “wake-up sauce” — which you might need. Prepare for lines, and get a cruller if they’re not sold out. There’s now also a location on the UWS.
8. Chicken tikka masala naan “taco” at Taco Mahal
West Village fast-casual Indian restaurant Taco Mahal is a quick and easy hangover fix, and at just $9.95, the loaded chicken tikka masala “taco” served on thick, buttery garlic naan is a cheap choice. Get it with a $2.50 cup of chai.
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9. Pierogies at Veselka
This Ukrainian diner never closes, feeding the East Village borscht and stuffed cabbage at all hours of the day. But its specialty is comforting pierogis, available with traditional fillings like potato or mushroom and sauerkraut and newfangled versions like arugula and goat cheese, with sautéed onions, applesauce, and sour cream on the side. There’s no need to commit to one type — mix and match as you choose.
10. Bagel and lox at Sadelle's
Go for a full-on bagel feast at this more upscale Jewish appetizing restaurant from Major Food Group (Carbone, the Grill). For a group, get the tower which comes with multiple bagels and heaps of cured fish and spreads. Or choose a single fish variety, in addition to various omelets and sandwiches. Don’t skip the custard-like French toast.
11. Pancakes at Clinton St. Baking Company
There’s nowhere in NYC more known for its pancakes than Clinton St. Baking Company. Expect lines, so have a snack first, but then carbo load on wild Maine blueberry, banana walnut, or chocolate chunk varieties. The light and fluffy cakes are made with egg whites and come with warm maple butter.
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12. Bucatini carbonara at Barano
This brunch dish at Williamsburg’s Barano combines the healing powers of pasta, bacon, and cheese. It gets topped with a fried egg for good measure.
13. Pizza at Roberta's
Pizza is the ideal drunk food and hangover food, and few places do it better than Roberta’s, which couples its standout wood-fired pies with chill vibes. Everyone should get their own pie and dig in to options ranging from a classic margherita to one with oyster mushrooms, pickled onion, scallions, and cream.
14. Waffle deluxe at Tina's Place
Brooklyn, NY 11206
Tina’s opens at 5 a.m. and closes at 3:30 p.m., so depending on how the night’s going, it may make most sense to head straight there for breakfast after a night out. The waffle deluxe comes with a choice of bacon, ham, or sausage, two eggs any style, home fries, and toast, all for just $10. Cash only.
15. Shrimp and grits at Peaches HotHouse
Peaches HotHouse does Southern comfort food right, and the shrimp and grits made with chorizo are flavor-packed and restorative. It’s a classic dish done well. If shrimp doesn’t appeal, try any number of the other gut-busting dishes such as chicken and French toast or a fried chicken sandwich. There’s also a location in Fort Greene.
16. Meatloaf sandwich at MeMe's Diner
It can still be a challenge to get into weekend brunch at this bustling and hip queer diner in Prospect Heights, but it’s worth the wait for the meatloaf sandwich, served on hearty garlic toast and topped with a fried egg, the quintessential hangover topping. Finish it off with some everything babka for the table.
17. Classic sandwich at Banh Mi Place
A hangover calls for bread, and a lot of it — perhaps a very large baguette, stuffed with spicy pork, creamy paté, with the added sharpness of pickled carrots and daikon. The classic sandwich at the aptly named Banh Mi Place hits that spot.
18. Dim sum at Bamboo Garden
Brooklyn, NY 11220
Hangovers often come with specific but varied cravings, so why not satisfy them all with a massive spread of dim sum? Load up on dumplings and buns at Bamboo Garden in Sunset Park, one of NYC’s best dim sum options. Eater critic Robert Sietsema particularly recommends the mushroom rice rolls, shrimp balls, and taro dumplings. Don’t skip the tea.