The best munchies in NYC
Forget trying to figure out how they packed all the familiar flavors of a Reuben into a small, deep-fried sphere—just be glad they did. At this retro-fitted supper club, Michael White repackages the deli-case standard as five pop-'em-in-your-mouth orbs, filled with salty, house-made corned beef and zippy kraut. The midpoint between crispy and creamy, the hybrid bites are served with a swatch of housemade Thousand Island dressing. $9.
Don’t let its innocent, pink-frosted looks fool you—this gonzo doughnut more than lives up to the bakery’s name. Like a bong-fueled dorm experiment, the Crayola-bright, hexagonal treat jolts sugary berry glaze with a tongue-tingling hit of that Thai staple, sriracha. It deftly balances sweet and spice, and one bite will prove what your glassy-eyed roommate’s been saying all along: Sriracha really does go with everything. $3.75.
Amanda Freitag puts the high in highbrow with this slow-toke take on bar wings at her revamped Chelsea canteen. Tender skate fillets come doused in vinegary, butter-rich buffalo sauce, soothed with paper-thin celery and carrot ribbons, and cooling crème fraîche, a clever stand-in for blue cheese. $11.
Greasy hoagies and Chinese takeout are classic magic-smoke munchies—this fun-loving Park Slope hang crams them both into one neat package. All of the cheese-steak basics are accounted for—frizzled beef, drippy cheese sauce, caramelized onions—but here, the sandwich’s bread is nixed in favor of a crisp, crackling egg-roll shell. $13.
For this bizarro, balls-out sandwich, the midtown sub shop takes a page out of the Pineapple Express cookbook, studding a not-so-classic PB&J with some jolly green—broccoli, that is. Tucked inside a warm Grandaisy Bakery ciabatta roll, fried almond butter and sweet, house-made pickled raisin jelly tone down the bitter funk of charred broccoli and cress leaves, a combo that’s as weirdly winning as James Franco and Seth Rogen going at it on a motorcycle. $11.
Taking cues from a traditional U.K. gin house, this East Village joint features an extensive list of gins from around the world including Greenhook Gin, Fords and Monkey 47. Try them in specialty cocktails like the Shisito My Libido with roasted shishito and black pepper syrup, bitters, grapefruit and lemon ($14) or in a flight of four one-ounce pours of various gins and tonics ($24). Gin aficionados will want to become regulars on Tuesdays, when The Winslow occasionally hosts a gin club with tastings of specialty tipples and passed hors d'oeuvres. The food menu features upgraded pub fare like skate wing fish and chips ($18), rarebit toast with squash, brie, apple, pumpkin seeds and greens ($12), mini Yorkshire puddings topped with bacon jam ($8) and bangers and mash croquettes ($11).
Venue says: “Happy Hour Mon, Tue, Wed & Fri 12-7pm and Thur 12-8pm! Live Music On Sundays as well as Wed & Thur from 8–11pm.”