Food is one of the things New York City is so fantastic. Moreover, there’s no better way to enjoy all of the city’s culinary adventures than when you’re stoned. Sweet and salty, meaty and cheesy, crunchy and crispy — some of the top munchies from NYC are here to satisfy your snack cravings. If you have access to medical cannabis in New York, this list might be even more enticing, if you catch my drift.
1. Cereal at Kith Treats
You can build your own “cereal box” at KITH Treats, self-proclaimed as the first ever cereal bar in NYC, selecting up to three servings from 23 cereal varieties, 25 toppings, and five different milk types.
All the classics are there, from Apple Jacks to Special K, and you can just throw the cardboard box in the trash once you scarf your bowls or two or eight down, avoiding all that clean-up fussy cereal. The cereal bar is conveniently located within the entrance of KITH’s Brooklyn outpost, Ronnie Fieg’s shoe, and apparel store if you feel like shopping stoned.
2. Nachos at the Commodore/el Cortez and Tortilleria Nixtamal
Only the layers of chips interspersed with cheese, beans and any number of fixations are better for your stoned stomach than chips. Nachos are an ideal choice for high food because they are delicious and easy to snack on, but they can end up filling you up as much as a full meal.
The Commodore and El Cortez sister bars serve almost identical nachos plates. Both consist of a giant pile of crispy chips with refried pinto beans, gooey white cheese, green, roja and chile de arbol salsas, and a cream douse that makes you want to immerse yourself in a serious mess of goodness. For a fresh edge, they are covered with cilantro, radishes and scallions.
3. Wings at the Kettle Black and the Bronx Alehouse
The Kettle Black is a certifiable wing mecca, offering traditional or boneless wings in 10 different flavors, available in orders from as few as 6 to as many as 100. A plate of finger lickin’ goodness will do any night of the week, but on Monday (boneless) and Wednesday (bone-in) nights the crowd is packing in the place for the $.60 special.
The Bronx Alehouse, the craft beer headquarters of Kingsbridge, serves large, meaty wings in seven different sauce flavors. You can order them “double cooked” for an additional $1—fried, then grilled for an additional layer of charred smokiness.
4. Ice Cream at Eddie’s Sweet Shop and Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream
Eddie’s Sweet Shop, the old-school ice cream parlor for Forest Hills, all possible ice cream combinations, toppings, and syrups seem endless.
From sundaes and shakes to classic egg creams and ice cream sodas, Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream is specialized in creative, small-batch ice cream flavors, from Rose Pepper Cherry to Fernet Black Walnut. The most scandalous item on the menu is the King Kong Banana Split five ice cream scoops, banana, caramel sesame, and pineapple.
5. Lil Ma at Crif Dogs
His bacon-wrapped hot dog is served on a bun spread with peanut butter and laced with a pickle, topped with crushed potato chips.
6. Mac and Joe at Schnipper’s Quality Kitchen
Half incredibly creamy macaroni and cheese, half sloppy joe filling, mixing or eating side by side this must be one of midtown’s most brilliant food combinations.
7. Ditch Dog at Ditch Plains
Chef Marc Murphy does not mess around with his creation of mash-ups. The Ditch Dog, grilled hot dogs and toasty bun topped with creamy mac and cheese, is said to be a mainstream menu item inspired by the creation of guests.
Rich mac and cheese made from heavy cream and a mixture of American, gruyere and parmesan cheese sinks on the hot tube meat and meshes with the fluffy bun all too well. Go all out in your mac with bacon and/or lobster and be sure to bite into Manhattan’s most gourmet frank creation.
8. Cheese Balls at the Levee & Hot Dogs at Rudy’s Bar & Grill
The bar at Williamsburg spot The Levee is often endowed by bursting bowls of glorious orange cheese balls, and there is no shame in devouring them by the handful as intended by the Good Weed Lord.
Wash down your seven thousand cheese balls with The Sportsman, Carling Black Label, and an Evan Williams shot deal that costs just $5.
9. Mac and Cheese at Brooklyn Star and the Queens Kickshaw
Mac and cheese, food of the utmost comfort. Whether it’s Kraft Blue Box or something fancy and gourmet, this warm, gooey, cheesy pasta dish is a panacea for all ills, and basically, a food embodiment for blazed with a safety blanket.
The trick for this dish is the bacon, which adds a smokiness to the entire creamy, cheesy business. Finished with a layer of crispy and buttery bread crumbs, this is a perfect blend of textures and flavors that you’re going to want to savor every bite.