Time Out's Spiciest Dishes
Fu Run 賦潤東北美食 is one of Time Out's Spiciest Dishes.

1. Fu Run 賦潤東北美食

40-09 Prince St (at Roosevelt Ave), New York, NY
Chinese Restaurant · 77 tips and reviews

Serious EatsSerious Eats: Muslim lamb chop ($21.95), braised until fall-off-the-bone tender, fried until crisp, and jacketed with an intensely flavored coating of cumin? Yes Virginia, we're still in China.

Ayada Thai is one of Time Out's Spiciest Dishes.

2. Ayada Thai

9.0
7708 Woodside Ave (btwn 77th & 78th St), Elmhurst, NY
Thai Restaurant · 124 tips and reviews

HughHugh: Jungle curry at AyadaThere’s no creamy coconut milk to temper the flames of this tear-jerking Thai dish, the spiciest in the country’s anthology of curries.

Chao Thai ร้านชาวไทย is one of Time Out's Spiciest Dishes.

3. Chao Thai ร้านชาวไทย

7.6
8503 Whitney Ave (btwn Broadway & Macnish St.), Elmhurst, NY
Thai Restaurant · 49 tips and reviews

HughHugh: Soft-shell crab with mango salad at Chao ThaiThe crab salad at this tiny Elmhurst spot doesn’t look too intimidating— But one bite in and your mouth explodes from the hefty dose of fresh bird’s-ey...

Hahm Ji Bach - 함지박 is one of Time Out's Spiciest Dishes.

4. Hahm Ji Bach - 함지박

8.3
40-11 149th Pl, Flushing, NY
Korean Restaurant · 84 tips and reviews

HughHugh: Kimchi jigae at Hahm Ji BachNext time you’re craving a sinus assault at 4am, head to Queens for the kimchi jigae at 24-hour Korean restaurant Hahm Ji Bach. This traditional stew arrives in a bubbl...

Buffalo Cantina is one of Time Out's Spiciest Dishes.

5. Buffalo Cantina

149 Havemeyer St (btwn S 1st & S 2nd St.), Brooklyn, NY
Burrito Restaurant · Williamsburg · 32 tips and reviews

HughHugh: Seppuku wings at Buffalo CantinaWe could manage only three of these diabolical off-the-menu chicken wings, by far the spiciest we’ve encountered in NYC. The lava-red, chili-seed-speckled sauce fe...

Brick Lane Curry House is one of Time Out's Spiciest Dishes.

6. Brick Lane Curry House

7.1
79 2nd Ave (btwn E 4th and E 5th St), New York, NY
Indian Restaurant · East Village · 112 tips and reviews
Hunan Cafe is one of Time Out's Spiciest Dishes.

7. Hunan Cafe

5.7
137-40 Northern Blvd, Flushing, NY
Chinese Restaurant · 24 tips and reviews

HughHugh: Spicy frog at Hunan HouseArriving at the table on a sizzling-hot plate, this chowhound-courting dish announces its potency with a thick dusting of cumin and a glut of bright red peppers. The delic...

Totto Ramen is one of Time Out's Spiciest Dishes.

8. Totto Ramen

366 W 52nd St (btwn 8th & 9th Ave), New York, NY
Ramen Restaurant · Hell's Kitchen · 586 tips and reviews

HughHugh: Extreme spicy ramen at Totto RamenJapanese food isn’t known for climbing the Scoville scale, but noodle fanatics can flirt with some serious heat at Bobby Munekata’s midtown ramen shop. The burn h...

Bonnie's Grill is one of Time Out's Spiciest Dishes.

9. Bonnie's Grill

7.6
278 5th Ave (btwn 1st St & Garfield Pl), Brooklyn, NY
American Restaurant · Central Slope · 102 tips and reviews

HughHugh: Buffalo chicken wings at Bonnie’s GrillOrder the wings to their max spice level at this Park Slope diner and you’ll get the third degree. “Have you had them here before?” quiz wary servers, who’ve...

Lan Sheng Szechuan Restaurant 草堂小餐 is one of Time Out's Spiciest Dishes.

10. Lan Sheng Szechuan Restaurant 草堂小餐

60 W 39th St (btwn 5th & 6th Ave), New York, NY
Chinese Restaurant · Garment District · 52 tips and reviews

HughHugh: Braised beef at Lan Sheng Chili-heads can skip the mapo tofu and go straight for the unassumingly named braised beef: It’s the spiciest item on the menu at this midtown Szechuan spot. Even the rest...

Little Pepper is one of Time Out's Spiciest Dishes.

11. Little Pepper

7.9
18-24 College Point Blvd (btwn 18th & 20th Ave), New York, NY
Chinese Restaurant · 38 tips and reviews

HughHugh: Braised sliced fish in spicy soup base at Little PepperTimid tongues should know from the instant this bowl reaches the table to steer clear—the broth itself is dyed a brilliant red with chili oil...

Peaches HotHouse is one of Time Out's Spiciest Dishes.

12. Peaches HotHouse

8.6
415 Tompkins Ave (at Hancock St), Brooklyn, NY
Fried Chicken Joint · Bedford-Stuyvesant · 250 tips and reviews

HughHugh: Hot chicken at Peaches HotHouseThis cayenne-laced, sweat-inducing take on the Southern-fried classic comes to Brooklyn by way of Nashville. The all-natural, cage-free poultry is spiced with a well...

El Maguey y La Tuna is one of Time Out's Spiciest Dishes.

13. El Maguey y La Tuna

7.3
321 E Houston St (at Attorney), New York, NY
Mexican Restaurant · Alphabet City · 25 tips and reviews

HughHugh: Pancita at El Maguey y La TunaThis Lower East Side stalwart calls its spicy tripe soup the ultimate hangover cure, and we wouldn’t disagree—a few sips of the peppery, brick-red broth would shock a...

Maima's Liberian Bistro And Bar is one of Time Out's Spiciest Dishes.

14. Maima's Liberian Bistro And Bar

106-47 Guy R Brewer Blvd, Jamaica, NY
African Restaurant · 13 tips and reviews

HughHugh: Pepper shrimp at Maima’s Liberian BistroIntrepid heat-seekers can ride the E to the end of the line for this lip-singeing plate. This Liberian bistro is the city’s only spot specializing in the...

Nusara Thai Kitchen is one of Time Out's Spiciest Dishes.

15. Nusara Thai Kitchen

8280 Broadway, Elmhurst, NY
Thai Restaurant · 20 tips and reviews

HughHugh: Pad cha at Nusara Thai KitchenThe palate-spanking seafood stir-fry at this family-run Thai joint lives up to its nickname: “hell sauce.” A pile of fresh bird’s-eye chilies—the tiny, but seriously...

Sigiri Sri Lankan Cuisine is one of Time Out's Spiciest Dishes.

16. Sigiri Sri Lankan Cuisine

7.6
91 1st Ave (btwn E 5th & E 6th St), New York, NY
Sri Lankan Restaurant · East Village · 82 tips and reviews

HughHugh: Pork black curry at SigiriThis narrow Sri Lankan eatery has no shortage of incendiary dishes, including a section of the menu devoted to “deviled” specialties—your choice of meat or seafood mixed...

17. East North Food Culture (Northeast Restaurant)

43-18 Main St, Flushing, NY
Chinese Restaurant · 1 tip

HughHugh: Xijiang beef at Northeast TasteThe spice in the Xijiang beef from Flushing’s Northeast Taste—specializing in, as the name implies, northeast Chinese cuisine—doesn’t beat you over the head with the...

Buka Nigerian Restaurant is one of Time Out's Spiciest Dishes.

18. Buka Nigerian Restaurant

6.3
1111 Fulton St (claver pl), Brooklyn, NY
African Restaurant · Bedford-Stuyvesant · 27 tips and reviews

HughHugh: Buka sauce at BukaA spicy feast at this West African spot should start with the traditional goat pepper soup ($10), which gets its eye-popping kick from habaneros, and its purported healing qualit...

Junoon is one of Time Out's Spiciest Dishes.

19. Junoon

7.3
27 W 24th St (btw 5th. & 6th Ave), New York, NY
Indian Restaurant · NoMad · 188 tips and reviews

HughHugh: Piri-piri shrimp at JunoonChef Vikas Khanna channels the Portuguese-influenced cuisine of Goa, India, in this taste-bud–singeing starter. A conflagrant paste of dried piri-piri chilies, ginger and...

El Aguila is one of Time Out's Spiciest Dishes.

20. El Aguila

137 E 116th St (at Lexington Ave), New York, NY
Mexican Restaurant · East Harlem · 39 tips and reviews

HughHugh: Barbacoa tacos at El AguilaOn Saturdays and Sundays, this outpost of a New Jersey tortilleria slow-cooks its goat special with dried chile de árbol peppers, then heaps the tender, gamey meat onto...