n a city that never sleeps, our appetites also never end. Here are some of our favorite spots to satisfy those food cravings whether it’s a rose fueled brunch, authentic Japanese, old school Italian, or comfort fare NYC has everything at your doorstep.
If you are looking for an authentic Southern style wood pit barbecue experience without having to leave Manhattan, dine at JAX BBQ in Hell’s Kitchen. Pitmaster/owner Nick Accardi was known for his acclaimed Italian eatery in the neighborhood, Tavola, but wanted to bring back the flair of Americana to the area. The interior matches the menu with a rockabilly Americana diner theme featuring exposed brick walls, black leather banquettes with red piping, vintage 1930’s bar stools, and antique gas station signs. Literally taking ‘cues’ from his stint in Vegas under BBQ legend Mike Mills, Accardi applied his technique of “slow and low” smoking and created custom rubs to achieve BBQ perfection. The menu touches has Southern specialties such as alligator fritters, crawfish hush puppies, and a variety of expertly smoked meats. Other specialties of the house include the Memphis style ribs seasoned with an 18 ingredient spice mixture that’s cooked for 8 hours, the 12 hour smoked Carolina pulled pork, or the crispy buttermilk fried chicken that’s juicy on the inside. Other crowd pleasers include a variety of mouthwatering burger creations that are loaded with flavor. Try the Jax Classic Burger, topped a house-infused truffle ketchup and caramelized onion, and the B-B-Q slab bacon burger with hand-cut slab bacon, Vermont cheddar and house bbq sauce. Even vegetarians can partake with the delicious “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Meat” burger made with an Impossible Foods vegetarian patty topped with a savory custom sauce. Save room for a decadent Southern dessert such as a real key lime (made with actual key limes), Mississippi mud, and chocolate pecan pie selection, in addition to banana ‘Nilla pudding. 496 9th Ave. NYC | 212.273.1168 | jaxbbqnyc.com
BORRACHITO (photo credit: FOH)
Taking the vibes of the 70s taco truck theme, Borrachito is a Mexican street food concept by Den Hospitality located in the back of the uber hip East Village lounge, The Garret East. Executive Chef Yuval Ochoa hails from Guadalajara, Mexico where he drew his inspiration from family recipes. The menu is simple with a variety of spicy and savory tacos along with a delicious chicken tortilla soup. The tacos are reasonably priced at $4.25 with handmade corn tortillas are made fresh to order and filled with delicious fillings. Try the signature tacos including PORK BOMB, carnitas, chicharron, and house pico de gallo (the pork is prepared 3 different ways: roasted pork belly, confit pork shoulder and deep fried pork skin); NY STEAK salsa borracha & grilled onions; BAJA FISH, fried seabass, grilled pineapple salsa; and the vegetarian option of BURRATA, tomatillo salsa, fresh corn. The tacos pair perfectly with The Garret’s killer cocktails including a spicy margarita or a mezcal libation. 206 Avenue A, NYC | borrachitonyc.com