Spice Up Your Life
The first step in broadening your palate: Learn to love the spice. Go in order with these dishes, from fiery to nearly deadly.
Piri Piri Shrimp at Junoon ($15)
Indian chefs know their way around chiles, of course, and Vikas Khanna deftly deploys the piri piri spice on a small plate of jumbo shrimp, which is a gentle entrée to the world of heat.
Junoon, 27 West 24th Street (between 5th and 6th avenues); 212-490-2100.
Ike’s Wings at Pok Pok Wing ($12.49)
Portland’s James Beard Award-winning chef Andy Ricker brought NYC his chile-sauce-tossed, fish-sauce-marinated wings last month with much buzz. Ask for yours extra-spicy to ramp up the volume.
Pok Pok Wing, 137 Rivington Street (between Norfolk and Suffolk streets); 212-477-1299.
P’hall Curry at Bricklane Curry House ($15-21)
The P’Hall curry is only for spice masters. If you’re one of few who can manage to finish your bowl — after you’ve agreed to a verbal waiver — Bricklane puts your picture on its wall of spice-champion fame.
Bricklane Curry House, 235 East 53rd Street (between 2nd and 3rd avenues); 212-339-8353.
Photos: Courtesy of Pok Pok, Brick Hill, and Junoon