(Classy night at Ray's Candy Story circa 2006)
Recently Eater covered "New York City's 15 Best Drunk Foods", inspiring this downtown girl-about-town to compile and share the best drunk foods found below 14th street for all the cool kids who refuse to venture uptown.
1. Hot Dogs at Crif Dogs. As mentioned in Hangover Dining this basement hot dog shack offers a variety of dogs, along with tater tots and cheese fries. The Philly Tubesteak (with cheese and sautéed onions) and the Good Morning (their dog wrapped in bacon, smothered in cheese, and topped with a fried egg) will coat your stomach and make you forget all about those vodka sodas in the morning.
2. Belgium Fries at Ray’s Candy Store. This tiny hole in the wall on Avenue A is not the penny candy shop your parents grew up visiting. The storefront may be crumbling, but don’t let that stop you from stepping inside to order a giant tray of fries, accompanied with a range of dipping sauces to fill you up on your tipsiest night or early morning venture back to your apartment.
3. Carne Asada Taco at Snack Dragon. Open late night at locations in the East Village and LES, you can enjoy marinated steak stuffed inside a blue corn tortilla for only five bucks. If shots of tequila have brought you back to Acapulco Spring Break ’05, satisfy your taste for Mexico here.
4. The Famous Crepe at Creperie. Got a sweet tooth after throwing back too many beers? Thankfully the Creperie has two downtown locations, in the West Village and LES, situated by some of the nightlife world’s consistently packed venues. The Famous Crepe is stuffed with strawberries, bananas, Nutella, ice cream, and whipped cream to satisfy even your sweetest cravings.
5. Artichoke Slice at Artichoke Basille’s Pizza. Thick fluffy pizza crust topped with piping hot creamy cheese and hunks of artichoke may be the ultimate in drunk food heaven, available at three locations in the East Village, West Village and Chelsea.
6. Perogies at Veselka. Open 24 hours, this Ukrainian diner has been an East Village staple since 1954. Feast on a variety of perogies to soak up the booze.
7. Lamb over Rice at Halal Cart. When walking around Midtown, Halal trucks are hard to avoid. Some provided delicious cheap meals, while others are frankly health hazards. Parked on the corner of 1st Ave and 11th St in the East Village is a stand-out Halal Cart, open during the wee hours of the morning to the delight of revelers. Order the lamb over rice, topped with creamy white and hot sauces. You’ll even have leftovers for the next morning.
8. Pancakes, Bacon, Grilled Cheese, Chicken Fingers, Disco Fries and a Milkshake at Odessa Restaurant. This average diner serves average food at an average price. What makes this restaurant special is its proximity to the East Village’s popular bars, so you can walk on over to stuff your drunk face with a long list of diner standards that will taste above average when intoxicated.
9. Slice at South Brooklyn Pizza. The Margherita pie is drizzled with olive oil when pulled out of the oven, then topped with fresh basil leaves. Marinated garlic and hot peppers are available on the side to add to your slice. At $4 a pop, it may be one of the pricier slices in the ‘hood, but with fresh ingredients and a taste comparable to DiFara’s in Brooklyn, this pizza is delicious when you’re drunk or completely sober.
10. Double Cheeseburger and Fries at McDonald's. Okay, okay this is not just a New York City based restaurant (never mind a solely downtown spot) BUT, other than vegetarians, who can resist stuffing their face with their signature over-salted crispy fries and greasy burgers when drunk? PS - the McDonald’s on 1st Ave in the East Village delivers. But, my fat ass didn’t tell you that.
Where do you get the best drunk food downtown? xo