Category Archives: Spicy Food

Wa Jeal, Upper East Side, NYC

Wa Jeal, Upper East Side, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $$ ½

Must try: Wok Roasted Diced Chicken w/ Thousand Chili

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Dinner with Chopped star Ted Allen at Pok Pok Ny hosted by Pepcid/ Eater

Dinner with Chopped star Ted Allen at Pok Pok Ny hosted by Pepcid/ Eater

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Disclaimer: I was invited as a guest to this establishment for a complimentary meal. All opinions expressed in this post are my own.

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Jaiya Thai, Murray Hill/ Yorkville, NYC

Jaiya Thai, Murray Hill/ Yorkville, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆ ½

Ambiance: ☆☆ ½

Cost: $$

Must try: Special Sauce, Indian Curry, Laad Na

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Madangsui, Midtown West, NYC

Madangsui, Midtown West, NYC

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Thelewala, Greenwich Village, NYC

Thelewala, Greenwich Village, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆½

Service: ☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $

Must try: Chicken Phall Roll

Thelewala, as its name suggests, has recreated the street food experience right here in New York City.

 Situated on MacDougal Street amongst numerous tiny eateries, Thelewala offers stiff competition to Kathi Roll Company that is situated diagonally across.

The concise menu here offers uncommon variations on kati rolls which they call “Famous Nizami Rolls”. There are several fillings one can choose from with both vegetarian and non- vegetarian options. My favorite was the spicy Chicken Phall Roll.

Thelewala also offers other street style food ubiquitous in Kolkata. Do try their Jaal Moori which is a riff on the more common bhelpuri. It is prepared with puffed rice, peanuts, red onions, potatoes, lime and oil (ask for mustard oil which is the authentic version vs. olive oil)

The owner Shiva Natarajan’s who also owns Chola, Dhaba, Bhojan and more, is a native of Kolkata – where street food reigns supreme. As I too am of similar origins, I can tell you that Thelewala is the real deal.

 Here is some of what we ate:

 

Phuchka

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Jaal Moori

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Chicken Malai Roll

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Chicken Phall Roll

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* Restaurant Name
Thelewala
* Overall
★★★☆☆
* Neighborhood / Cuisine
West Village / Thai
* Street Address
112 MacDougal St. (Between Minetta Ln. & Bleecker St.), New York, NY 10012
* Phone
(212) 614-9100
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Uncle Boons, Nolita, NYC

Uncle Boons, Nolita, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆½

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆½

Cost: $$$

Must try: Chicken and Banana Blossom Salad, Khao Soi, Grilled Blowfish Tails

  

Uncle Boons is a wonderful downtown dining spot serving uncommon Thai fare.

This eatery was opened the by husband and wife team of Ann Redding and Matt Danzer, both of ex- Per Se pedigree.

The menu here shies away from the regular Thai offerings of copious amounts of curries, noodles, satays and so on. The selection here is limited but in a thoughtful way.

Many of the recipes used in the kitchen are handed down from Redding’s family – who was born in Thailand. Where else can one try delicate dish of tender charcoal-grilled blowfish tails served with a fresh green chili sauce or chicken and banana blossom salad with several layers of flavor and texture in every bite. The Khao Soi is a must try dish consisting of a flavorful yellow curry served with both soft and crunchy noodles.

The one thing I missed at Uncle Boons was spice. The menu seems to focus more on the gentler side of Thai food which is refreshing too.

At Uncle Boons the attention seems to be on creating a culinary experience that is a little set apart from the rest and yet authentic in its core.

Here is some of what we ate:

 

Spicy Roasted Chicken & Banana Blossom Salad

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Steamed Egg wrapped in Red Curry & Kaffir Lime

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Northern Style Golden Curry (Khao Soi)

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Grilled Blowfish Tails

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Water Spinach with Garlic

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* Restaurant Name
Uncle Boons
* Overall
★★★☆☆
* Neighborhood / Cuisine
Lower East Side / Thai
* Street Address
7 Spring St. (Between Bowery & Elizabeth St.), New York, NY 10012
* Phone
(646) 370-6650
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The Masala Wala, Lower East Side, NYC

The Masala Wala, Lower East Side, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆ ½

Cost: $$

Must try: Kakori Kabab, Dahi Puri, Lamb Biryani, Gobhi Manchurian

(This meal was complimentary which did not affect my review.)

 

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Dos Toros, West Village, NYC

Dos Toros, West Village, NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆☆½

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $$

Must try: Burrito with habanero sauce and quesadilla

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Lao Dong Bei, Flushing, NYC

Lao Dong Bei, Flushing, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆

Cost: $

Must try: Crispy Sliced Fish with Cumin, Triple Delight Vegetable, Stir Fried Mountain Root Vegetable with Pork

 

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Pok Pok NY, Columbia Street Waterfront District, NYC

Pok Pok NY, Columbia Street Waterfront District, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$

Must try: Yam Makheua Yao, Sai Us Samun Phrai

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Sripraphai, Woodside, NYC

Sripraphai, Woodside, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $$$

Must try: Chicken Satay, Tom Yum, Green Curry with Roasted Duck, Chu-Chee Shrimp

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Pok Pok Phat Thai, Lower East Side, NYC

Pok Pok Phat Thai, Lower East Side, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆ ½

Cost: $$

Must try: Kuaytiaw Khua Kai

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Biang! Flushing, NYC

Biang! Flushing, NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $$$

Must try: Any lamb and noodle dish

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Miss Lily’s Restaurant, Greenwich Village/ West Village, NYC

Miss Lily’s Restaurant, Greenwich Village/ West Village, NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $$$

Must try: Ackee Dip And Plantain Chips , Jerk Chicken

 

Jerk chicken does not get better this!

 

 

Miss Lily’s is my new Mecca for Caribbean food in New York City.

The menu offers modern Jamaican food, which maintains its authentic roots. Chef Bradford Thompson is French trained and has racked up accolades from Food and Wine and James Beard for best chef. All his skills are evident in just one dish – the Jerk chicken! I have never had a bird more tender yet spiced and grilled to perfect crispness.

I really enjoyed everything I tried there. The plantain chips with Akki dip was fabulous and the curried goat with roti was yummy too, albeit a bit watery for my taste. The hot sauces were really spicy and added all the more to the fun and flavor of this wonderful Caribbean oasis!

Multifaceted in its structure – Miss Lily’s weaves in and out of avatars in its Houston Street location. There are three facets to this spot that you can enjoy.

 

 

One is the Miss Lily’s bar/ restaurant part. Then there Miss Lily’s Variety & Bake Shop and Melvin’s Juice Box. This is a West Indian Boutique, record store, casual café, bakery and juice bar all rolled into one. The variety store is home to Radio Lily which is Miss Lily’s Internet radio station where a DJ is live streaming Reggae beats. This creates what they refer to as a “cultural social club”.

Basically what is – is a really cool space to hang out at with great eats at arms reach!

 

Here is some of what we ate:

  

Ginger Beer

 

 

Jaquitos

 

 

Ackee Dip And Plantain Chips

 

 

Jerk Chicken

 

Curried Goat

 

 

Roti and Rice and Beans

 

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* Restaurant Name
Miss Lily’s
* Overall
★★★☆ ☆
* Neighborhood / Cuisine
West Village / Jamaican
* Street Address
132 West Houston St., New York, NY 10012
* Phone
(646) 588-5375
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Zabb Elee, Woodside, NYC

Zabb Elee, Woodside, NYC

 

 

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $$

Must try: Kai Yang, Crab Fried Rice, Larb, Spicy Shrimp with Basil, Pad Thai

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Pancho Villa Taqueria, San Francisco,CA

Pancho Villa Taqueria, San Francisco,CA

 

 

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Food: ☆☆☆½

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $

Must try: The salsa bar, any burrito

 

There is a reason why the Espinoza brothers Taqueria has been thriving in the wildly competitive Mission District of San Francisco for many decades now.

 Pancho Villa hits a home run when it comes to satisfying that burrito craving that one often gets. Delivering authentic, fresh Mexican food in huge portions has garnered this spot a huge fan following and several awards over the years.

 The line is out the door starting pretty early in the day. Service is helpful and pleasant and the digs are clean enough. What rocks is the fresh salsa bar they have the back of the restaurant, which serves up some of the most unique and tastiest salsas, I have had.

 Pancho Villa has all the ingredients in being the a cut above it’s competitive rest.

 

Here is some of what we ate:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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* Restaurant Name
Pancho Villa Taqueria
* Overall
★★★☆☆
* Neighborhood / Cuisine
Mexican
* Street Address
3071 16th Street , San Francisco, CA 94103
* Phone
(415) 864-8840
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Social Eatz, Midtown East, NYC

Social Eatz, Midtown East, NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆ 
Service: ☆☆☆ ½
Ambiance: ☆☆☆
Cost: $$
I recommend: Hot Wings, Burgers

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Crema, Chelsea, NYC

Crema, Chelsea, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆ 1/2

Service: ☆☆☆ ½

Ambiance: ☆☆ ½

Cost: $$$

Fit for: Lunch Spot, Brunch, Dine At The Bar, Outdoor Dining

Dishes not to miss: Salsas de la casa, Quesos Flameados, Burrito de Atún

 

Chef Julieta Ballesteros, of Mexicana Mama fame, has traded up to Crema in Chelsea, where she serves upscale, refined Mexican cuisine.

This eatery is a place to try delightful combinations of carefully composed plates. Ballesteros has put a lot of thought into the creation of each dish. At Crema, one experiences combinations of Mexican flavors that are rare and very pleasing to the palate. Read the rest of this entry

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Everest Momo Shack, Jackson Hole, WY

Everest Momo Shack, Jackson Hole, WY

 

 

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Food: ☆☆ ½

Service: ☆☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $

Dishes not to miss: Chicken Momos, Garlic Naan

 

The Everest Momo Shack was the most unexpected find for me in Jackson Hole, WY. After a week of trekking through Yellowstone and eating food with no spices whatsoever, I was near desperate when I chanced upon this cute little colorful restaurant, which smelled of curry!

Here’s where I met the lovely Sange and Rita Sherpa, a couple who immigrated from Khumjung, which is in the Everest region of Nepal. This industrious pair decided to open this tiny eatery, which offers a limited menu of Indian and Nepali dishes. The menu includes momos, samosa, naan; lamb, chicken, or vegetable curries, chow mein and saag paneer. If you like spice then ask for their special hot sauce – it is really good.

 

 

The Everest Momo Shack is only open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays evenings from May to September. The Sherpas have worked out a mutually beneficial, symbiotic relationship with D.O.G (a burrito place), which occupies the same space during the daytime. It’s a wonderful idea to share a space that supports two small businesses.

The food is not outstanding but it sure does hit the spot for anyone craving some ethnic South Asian eats which is impossible to find in this area. Sange Sherpa, the owner was an absolute delight to sit and chat with whilst munching on hot momos and gently spiced chicken tikka masala.

The Everest Momo Shack is BYOB and has outdoor seating only. It is a great little spot to spend a heart-warming evening at.

 

Here is some of what we ate:

 

CHICKEN MOMOS

 

CHICKEN TIKKA MASALA

 

CHICKEN CURRY

 

GARLIC NAAN


CHICKEN CHOWMEIN NOODLES

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* Restaurant Name
Everest Momo Shack
* Overall
★★★☆☆
* Neighborhood / Cuisine
Himalayan/Nepalese
* Street Address
25 S Glenwood St Jackson, WY 83001, Jackson, WY 83001
* Phone
(307) 733-4422
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TILURAMS PICKLE SHOP, UDAIPUR, INDIA

TILURAMS PICKLE SHOP, UDAIPUR, INDIA

 

If you have a little extra time in Udaipur and are a hard-core pickle fanatic like I am, then you must visit Tilurams. They have been making all kinds of pickles, jams, sauces and murabbas (a kind of jam) for many decades.

 

At Tiluram’s they just about pickle anything from seeds to fruits to vegetables. Their pickles are stored in giant vats and you can ask to taste just about anything in the store. Some of my favorites were the jackfruit pickle, the lime murabbas (which they highly recommend) and the garlic chutney.

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Ayada Thai, Woodside, NYC

Ayada Thai, Woodside, NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$

Fit for: Spice hounds, cheap eats, foodies

Dishes not to miss: Northern Thai Sausage Appetizer, Fried Fish topped with Green Mango Sauce, Raw Shrimp Salad

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Super Wings, Crown Heights, NYC

Super Wings, Crown Heights, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆

Cost: $

I recommend: Trini Tamarind, Pineapple Jerk, Ginger Buff, Spinach Bites, and Mango Salad

 

 

Ever wondered what happens when you truly pursue your passion and believe in your dreams.

Meet Colette Burnett, the owner of the wildly popular Super Wings, to find out.


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Negril Village, Greenwich Village, NYC

Negril Village, Greenwich Village, NYC


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Aren’t Jamaicans the coolest people?

Just by walking into this funky restaurant – I feel like the stress of everyday life drops down a few notches. Step in and within minutes, you are sipping on some exotic cocktail and lilting to a rocking reggae beat. Ya mon!

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Pacific Asia, New Delhi, India

Pacific Asia, New Delhi, India
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Cascade Shopping Arcade
Netaji Subhash Place
Pitampura
, Delhi -110034
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Hey Delhites..how many of you have been to Pitampura?

I for one had never even heard of it until two nights ago when honestly….what I saw there knocked my socks off.

Malls that are more modern than anything in South Delhi (what I’m used too) and gargantuan eateries that were packed with people at all odd hours of the night. Read the rest of this entry

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Xi’an Famous Foods, Flushing, NYC

Xi’an Famous Foods, Flushing, NYC

 

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Stall # 36 marks the spot for Xi’an Famous Foods which is housed in the basement of the Golden Mall in Queens. Here’s where you will find some really incredible hand pulled noodles. It’s best known for its Liang Pi “cold skin” noodles, Savory Cumin Lamb Burger and Lamb Face Salad. Read the rest of this entry

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