Where to find the best chili in NYC
When the temps hit below freezing, nothing sounds better than warm bowl of chili. The favorite winter staple is not only delicious, but stems from a variety of mouthwatering recipes that are packed with exciting flavors and ingredients. Whether you like yours thick and meaty or vegetarian, with a touch of spice or 5-alarm heat, chili can be prepared to suit any palate. Here’s where you can find the best bowls of chili in NYC when you’re craving a hot and hearty meal.
Good Stock, 31 Carmine St
Hailing from Houma, Louisiana, founder Ben LeBlanc knows a thing or two about soups. Missing the spicy southern stew he ate growing up, LeBlanc opened Good Stock, a restaurant where “soup is no longer an afterthought.” Good stock is community minded and has partnered with local butchers and famers to create an exciting and diverse soup menu that rotates daily. Vegetarians will love the red bean and chickpea chili. Extremely filling, this bowl is exactly what you need on cold, windy day in the city. In midtown? Good Stock also has a location at Urbanspace Vanderbilt.
The Brooklyn Star, 539 Lorimer St
Ask around about which spots offer the best bowls of chili in NYC and chances are you’ll hear the Brooklyn Star mentioned. The Williamsburg restaurant serves a serious bowl of tripe chili. Does the thought of eating tripe sound a little too adventurous for you? Not to worry. Beef and bacon are also added to the meat equation. Mix in all the spices and this recipe guarantees your every spoonful will be packed with complex, bold flavors. The fixings are worth a mention and include radish, cilantro, lime, Mexican crema, and a bag of Fritos.
Times Square Diner and Grill, 807 8th Ave
There’s one thing about diners, you can’t go wrong ordering from the soup menu. Located in the heart of Manhattan, Time Square Diner and Grill fries, grills, sautés, and bakes and stews just about every food you can think of. Cheap and satisfying, a bowl of the chili con carne is a reliable choice for when a desire for something hot and spicy hits you at anytime day or night – this place is open 24/7. And you can’t beat the price – the massive 16 oz. serving costs just $5.95!
Hill Country Barbecue Market, 30 W 26th St
Inspired by the food and music of Central Texas’ barbecue belt, Hill Country Barbecue Market is a meat lover’s dream come true. Using high quality meat, simple dry rub, post oak wood, and a low and slow cooking method, the kitchen at Hill Country Barbecue is serious yet no-frills. It should come as no surprise then that this is one of the few places in the city that you can find chili made Texas style – sans beans. Named after the restaurant’s founding executive chef, Elizabeth Karmel a.k.a. Queen of the Grill, EAK’s Bowl of Red is a mouthwatering ground-beef chili sure to satisfy the hungriest of wranglers.
JG Melon, 1291 3rd Ave
Located on the Upper East Side, JG Melon is an American pub known for its cozy, neighborhood atmosphere. Since opening in 1972, the restaurant has earned a reputation as having one of the best burgers in NYC. The menu is peppered with pub style favorites and diners are always quick to mention JG Melon’s chili as a worthy choice. For those rare occasions when you’re not feeling a burger, we suggest ordering a bowl of chili topped with cheese and side of cottage fries or a green salad. On the West Side of town? Check out JG Melon’s other locations at 89 MacDougal Street and 480 Amsterdam Avenue.
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