When the sun rises in New York City there are really only two kinds of people: The kind who see daybreak as a call to action, and the kind for whom the harsh light of dawn is a grim reminder that last call was three hours ago and probably, maybe, it’s time to go home.
This story goes out to that second set. For the ones who understand that it’s best to get out in front of a rough morning-after with a snack before hurtling themselves into the tangle of an unmade bed, and drifting off into a fitful slumber until it all stops hurting. No? Just us? OK then.
Whatever category you fall into, we’re sure you’ll find some use for this collection of New York City morning-after remedies, recommended by ten of our favorite local chefs.
Just have some pho. Everything will be okay soon.
Chef at Take Root
Favorite morning-after eats: Meatballs at Brucie (234 Court St, Brooklyn; 347-987-4961, brucienyc.com)
Kornack says: “Chef Zahra Tangorra has a knack for satisfying cravings like no one else—particularly with her pasta and meatball offerings. When I’m feeling tender, I only want Brucie and a ball of meat with sauce, Parmesan, and a side of sourdough bread. Something about it reminds me of waking up and eating my mom’s leftover pasta and red sauce after a wild weekend, home from college—but better.” (Photo: Yelp/Wilson L.)
Executive chef at Boulud Sud
Favorite morning-after eats: Pozole soup at Tehuitzingo (695 10th Ave, Manhattan; 212-397-5956, tehuitzingo.net)
Swikard says: “Coming from San Diego, this little taco shop/bodega really feels like home. The pozole is made with a clean, hot broth, meat from the pig’s head, and hominy. It is served with fresh tostadas and hot sauce, and I always load it up with extra lime juice, finely chopped white onions, and fresh cilantro. It gives me a true feeling of comfort while lifting me out of my funk for at least half a day.” (Photo: Yelp/Richelle L.)
Chef at Rebelle
Favorite morning-after eats: Tacos al pastor at Taco Mix (234 E 116th St, Manhattan; 212-289-2963, tacomixusa.com)
Eddy says: “I grew up in East Harlem and used to get off the train at the 116th station to walk home. Taco Mix was on the way and it was open 23-hours a day, although I never did find out the hour that it was closed. The tacos al pastor either saved me late at night, or cured me as I walked past the shop the following morning!” (Photo: Yelp/Jane K.)
Head baker at Black Seed Bagels
Favorite morning-after eats: Pork chop with white rice, fried egg, and cucumber at Nah Trang (87 Baxter St, Manhattan; 212-233-5948, mainstreethub.com/nhatrangone)
Daoheung says: “The rice absorbs all the booze, and the egg and the pork chop provide that salty greasy element you crave. You feel kind of healthy after eating the cucumber too—like you did nothing shameful the night before. Plus it’s crazy cheap.” (Photo: Flickr/Alpha)
Favorite morning-after eats: Dumplings and tiger salad at X’ian Famous Foods (Multiple locations, xianfoods.com)
Jenkins says: “I always want something either greasy or spicy [the morning after], and lots of carbohydrates! The dumplings are greasy and have plenty of carbs with some spice. But when I really need to sweat it out I add the tiger salad, made with cilantro, green onions, celery, and longhorn peppers. A cold beer helps too!” (Photo: Yelp/Kate Y.)
Favorite morning-after eats: Fried Eggs with potato chips and chorizo at El Quinto Pino (401 W 24th St, Manhattan; 212-206-6900, elquintopinonyc.com)
Raij says: “I love this dish day or night. Eggs just really neutralize anything acidic for me and the simple ingredients make it a great pantry dish you can make at home. In Spain it’s called huevos estrellados and is the kind of thing you eat post-party. I make them at Quinto Pino in New York; in Madrid I like the version at Casa Lucio.” (Photo: Flickr/demi)
Executive chef and owner at Huertas
Favorite morning-after eats: Pho at Sao Mai (203 First Ave, Manhattan; 212-358-8880, ordersaomai.com)
Miller says: “Some folks like to sweat it out at the gym or in the sauna. I prefer the steam coming off a big bowl of noodles and beef broth. It’s very clean as far as Asian soups go, and I like that the one at Sao Mai isn’t too heavily spiced with cinnamon and star anise like other versions around town.” (Photo: Yelp/Paul H.)
Chef-owner at Birds & Bubbles
Favorite morning-after eats: The Fat Cat sandwich at Resto (111 E 29th St, Manhattan; 212-685-5585, restonyc.com)
Simmons says: “The Fat Cat sandwich is the most indulgent way to recover from an evening of overindulgence. It’s got all of the essentials—eggs, cheese, bacon, sausage, and fries—nicely packaged in a ciabatta roll. Wash it down with one of their Bloody Marys and you’re set for the day…after a nap.” (Photo: Flickr/Katherine Lim)
Pitmaster and owner at Hometown Bar-B-Que
Favorite morning-after eats: The cheddar biscuit egg sandwich at Fort Defiance (365 Van Brunt St, Brooklyn; 347-453-6672, fortdefiancebrooklyn.com)
Durney says: “The biscuit is golden brown and crusty on the outside and soft as a pillow on the inside, with grilled ham, hot-and-sweet jalapeño jam, a perfect runny egg, and buttery hash browns served on the side. Just writing about it makes me want to go out and drink too much just so I can order it in the morning. Try it with the best Irish coffee you will ever have.” (Photo: Yelp/Jennifer K.)
Horowitz says: “After a long night of hitting the sauce there are two places in Queens I always end up, consciously or not. My first stop is a 24-hour joint called Dera Restaurant in Jackson Heights for charred quail and a bowl of Pakistani goat’s feet curry soup called paaya. It tastes like it just came out of a barn, but in the best of ways! The second destination is New Curry Leaves in Flushing, which is only open late night from about 4 am to 8 am. The clientele is a great mix of drunk Malaysian club kids and graveyard shift factory workers. They serve a northern Malay laksa soup with a deep-red chili-coconut broth that will make you see God. Be sure to get it with the big spaghetti-looking noodles and every piece of meat, fish ball, and dried-tofu skin that can possibly be stuffed into a bowl!” (Photo: Yelp/Lauren S.)