There is a certain kind of perverse New York diner -- you know the type I mean. She scoffs at scotchbonnet peppers, and will only accept curries on the very top end of the scoville scale. She considers sriracha as little better than maple syrup. She is a true spice monk. So where can she go for a fiery supper worthy of her salamander-like desires?
Most people know this place for its horrifically hot p'hall curry, which it hypes for the attention it brings, but in fact the place is one of the best south Indian restaurants in New York, and few of the dishes are unpleasantly spicy. The price is right too.
A must for true chowhound types, the city's only (to my knowledge, anyway) Sri Lankan restaurant is very cheap, very good, and has the added bonus of being BYOB -- bind your own burns. The food here is hot.
If you are into monstrously spicy, incendiary Thai food this is the place for you. It's good, or so they tell me -- I had to quit after one bite. The heat here is almost infernal.
A late-arriving but fully-fledged soul food restaurant, Peaches Hot House gives New York something it hasn't ever had: a spot-on version of the famous Nashville-style spicy fried chicken.
San Francisco's Mission Chinese -- a boozy, high-spirited lark -- has been an even bigger hit in New York, thanks to its over-the-top heat, dive bar energy, and its long-maned, ultra-cool young chef, Danny Bowien.
Some people say Spicy & Tasty is the best Chinese restaurant in New York; others say it's just the best in Queens. Certainly if you are an admirer of hot Sichuan food, it doesn't get much better than this Flushing standby.
Ayada Thai is said by many knowledgeable persons to be the finest Thai restaurant in New York City. I tend to agree with them, but only after spending many months considering the question in the burn ward.
Just an outrageously good, outrageously spicy Sichuan restaurant, one of the better ones in New York. But be absolutely sure you know what you are doing. The heat isn't turned down for Americans.
Specializing in the fiery cuisine of Ghana (by way of Jamaica) this homey joint delivers some of the most fiery food you will ever run up against. So be warned.
Portland thai-food whiz Andy Ricker brought a big rep with him from out of town, and more than delivered on his promise of big, bold, spicy food that manages to also be balanced and interesting -- something we haven't often seen before.