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New York City's 10 Best New Hangover Dishes
The Pac Man Dumplings at RedFarm
Five-for-a-dollar Chinatown dumplings make for a fine quick and dirty hangover meal. But in your sensitive state, you might prefer the gentle, warm-and-fuzzy farmhouse vibe of Red Farm to the gritty alleyways below Canal Street. Chef Joe Ng is a gifted dumpling-maker. The Pac Man dumplings are the ones to go for here. They are light, flavorful, and shaped like the characters from one of the most famous video games of all time. Win, win, win.
The Chicken and Egg at Acme
A lot of Mads Refslund's dishes are delicate and pretty. This entree, however, is just a big brown crock full of juicy chicken, fat potatoes, and fried eggs. There's a lot of protein here, which is probably good for you, but most importantly, this dish will satisfy your craving for something meaty and salty. Earlier this week, Booker and Dax bar manager Tristan Willey recommended getting a haircut when you're hungover so you won't feel like a pathetic schlub. Acme is a great place to go after that trip to the barbershop or salon. (Photo)
The Roasted Carrots at Empellon Cocina
Alex Stupak makes some damn fine carrots at Empellon Cocina, and eating them will make you feel like you're treating your body right, for once. The dish is made of thick carrots, smoky poblano sauce, fresh watercress, and crispy shards made from drying the poblano sauce. Anthony Bourdain is a big fan of this dish, and that guy knows a thing or two about hangovers.
The Chicken Sandwich at The NoMad
If you've had a rough night, The Nomad is an excellent place to pamper yourself the next morning. If you go on the weekend, order the chicken sandwich. This is basically a hand-held version of the restaurant's famed chicken for two, and you don't have to share it with anyone. Not a single person. All yours, buddy. The components are the same — brioche, foie gras, black truffles, and a big mound of tender chicken. Note: It's always a good idea to make a reservation for brunch at The Nomad.
The Dutch Pancake at Reynard
Reynard is the best new breakfast restaurant in New York. The space is gorgeous in the morning, and the menu has a great mix of light and hearty breakfast dishes, all of which are made with sensational local produce. If you are hungover, get the Dutch pancake. This is a round of eggy dough with crispy edges that's topped with ham and gruyere cheese. It's salty, sweet, and completely addictive.
The Fried Chicken at Bobwhite Counter
Does Bobwhite serve the best fried chicken in New York City? Impossible to tell. Fried chicken works on a pass-fail system: it's either delicious, or somebody did something to screw it up. Bobwhite serves one of the good batches of fried chicken in NYC, and it's relatively cheap, too. The meat is juicy, the skin is crispy and explodes into a million pieces when you bite into it, and your hands will be covered in grease by the time you're done.
The Sonoran Crisp at El Toro Blanco
This is a shareable plate that you can easily polish off all by yourself. And if the food comes when your dining companion is in the restroom, just do that and don't apologize. El Toro Blanco's Sonoran cheese crisp is basically an open-faced quesadilla made with a thin layer of good Mexican cheese and peppery salsa. It's much better than whatever you might make in your toaster over, and most importantly, it's not a gut bomb.
The Rarebit Burger at Murray's Cheese Bar
According to data from the Eater Department of Statistics (EDOS), 65 percent of all New York restaurants serve cheeseburgers. But there is only one restaurant in this city that serves a burger topped with English rarebit: Murray's Cheese Bar. The griddled burger patty is thick and juicy, but the sauce, which is made with cheddar cheese and beer, is what makes this dish something special. It adds that gooeyness, and a bit of a rich funk to the proceedings. The burger is hugged by two pieces of thick toast. Adios, hangover.
The Carne Misto at Rosemary’s
If you have a companion on your hangover vision quest, consider ordering the carne misto at Rosemary's. It's a big plate of crispy pork ribs, hunks of smoky lamb shoulder, and succulent pieces of roast chicken. You eat it with your hands and you feel like a king while doing so. It's really a lot of food for two people. And if the thought of wine does not repulse you, order a glass of Nero D'Avola with this.
The Short Rib at Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria
Justin Smillie's most famous dish is a steaming mountain of tender short ribs with anchovy sauce, celery, walnuts, and horseradish. If this doesn't eradicate your hangover, nothing will.