Sometimes, you just need to throw healthful considerations to the proverbial wind and chow down on the kind of calorie-rich, artery-clogging dishes that we all crave once in a while. From Pig popcorn (Barbuzzo), to Benton's bacon grease popcorn (Khyber Pass Pub), and sandwiches the size of a studio apartment (Famous 4th Street), to pulled pig (Jake's), cupcakes (Philly Cupcake) and bao buns (Chifa and Sampan), these are all worth the calories, easily.
Love the beer and popcorn!
Massive portions, a space as evocative as anywhere in NYC, and matzo ball soup that you may want to bathe in.
One of many feathers in the well-plumed hat of Iron Chef Jose Garces. From the cocktails to the Chinese 5-spice pork, this is one restaurant you'll want to hit up again and again. Warning: Addictions to the pork belly bao buns are likely to occur.
The menu here reads like a love ode to all that's good and tasty in this world. Chicken bao bun. Soy glazed Chilean sea bass. Kim chee fried rice. Bring an appetite. And a bunch of friends so you can share.
Classics like red velvet and carrot. "Fancy" ones like banana split and sweet potato pecan. Exotic selections like cardamom-rose. All these calories? 100% worth it.
A great go-to for a nice range of sandwiches. But smart customers focus on the slow roasted pulled pig, which is every bit as good as it's reputed to be.
To narrow down a specific reason that Barbuzzo is so beloved is impossible. The menu is comprised of dishes you're always in the mood for, the beverages are varied and food friendly, and the narrow space is as energetic as you'll see anywhere. Also: Pig popcorn!