Sunset Park • Chinese, Hotpot
Go wild on a bubbling pot of fiery Sichuan broth, drink too much cold beer, and proudly smell of sheep for the next four days. If you’re with a weaker-tongued date, you could always get a half and half pot with something milder for them.
Lower Manhattan • Ukrainian, Classic establishment
Yes, the legendary 24-hour diner turns out hearty, delicious Ukrainian delicacies—5 AM pierogis anyone?—but they’ve got everything you could ever want: exceptional homemade chicken soup, meatball heroes, daily specials, and even pancakes, all served with strong coffee. MUNCHIES’ friend James Casey of Swallow Magazine thinks Veselka has the best burger in Manhattan. Try it and then write him an email to tell him what you think about it: [email protected]
Williamsburg • Sushi, Japanese
Chef/owner Mikey Briones describes his cuisine as Hawaiian strip mall food, and the relaxed environment echoes just that: order from a variety of island-worthy menu items, from the perfect SPAM musubi to the fresh sushi, homemade ramen, and the dankest chicken wings. Close your eyes and pretend you’re in Oahu. WATCH: Chef's Night Out with Brooklyn Star
Lower Manhattan • Classic establishment, Impressing out of towners
Corner Bistro is the West Village’s worst kept secret, so prepare to stand in line for the biggest, best bacon cheeseburgers in the neighborhood, and don’t forget to order the onion rings unless you want to piss yourself off.
Gowanus • Restaurant, Food
If you’ve ever wanted to work your way through a pile of scampi in what feels like an old union hall, Two Toms is for you. This Gowanus old-school Italian spot provides massive pork chops and chilled red wine that you can serve yourself straight from the fridge.
Williamsburg • Restaurant, Food
Known for the fast, cheap bagels, sandwiches, and pastries, it’s really Bagelsmith’s egg sandwiches are the secret antidote to Williamsburg’s worst hangovers. It’s open 24 hours so if you want to test out a social experiment, go stand in here for an entire day and watch what happens.