Extremely spicy - restaurants in Queens/Bronx?
I'm going to broaden my question in the Spicy & Tasty thread. I'm looking for restaurants in Queens and the Bronx with very, very spicy food. My boyfriend adores very spicy food (he enters habanero-eating contests, for a frame of reference).
What are some restaurants/dishes with a very high heat factor? Queens and the Bronx are closest to us, but we'll travel to Brooklyn (or Westchester, though that's another board) for something very hot.
Go to just about any Korean restaurant - you would do well to
pick one in the Flushing/Murray Hill area - and try the Yoo-Kay-Jan (forgive my awful spelling, but the pronunciation is right). This is a spicy soup with stringy strands of beef and some glassy noodles, other stuff that I can't think of right now. I usually have it at a cab driver joint called Farrington Restaurant (on Farrington Street, in Flushing) that is so hot it gives me a sweat bath and clears my sinuses. Of course, lots of other Korean dishes have a great deal of heat as well.
Here's a good thread on the Korean scene in Murray Hill:
When I first ordered jungle curry in Sripraphai about 10 years ago, an old Thai guy walked over and shook my hand. Why did you shake my hand, I asked. Because you are going to eat that, he replied. Boy was it hot! Of course I ate every bite. But I don't know if they will make it as spicy now as they used to back then.
Sripraphai is the hottest food I've eaten in New York. They will offer to make it mild, medium, or Thai spicy. The medium level varies by dish from a mild buzz to blisteringly hot, especially if you are brave (or silly) enough to eat the finely diced red peppers. The BBQ pork (A-17 on the menu) can be killer hot.
You could give this a try and have your boyfriend order some "Thai spicy" dishes and then stand back an watch the fun. For me, those extreme levels of heat move into the area of Dangerous Dining where it becomes a macho exercise to see how much you can take. But perhaps your BF just has a high tolerance. You'll find out just how much he can take if you visit Sri.
BTW, the place is closed on Wednesdays. Prime times can be jammed. Arrive before 6 or go for lunch.
re: Bob Martinez
I also vote for Sripraphai. And I agree with Bob re: heat. I can take a lot of heat, but when on my second visit to Sri years ago I ordered something 'Thai Spicy', I thought I burnt my mouth. It desensitized my tongue and I couldn't taste anything - it wasn't funny. I think it would be a great way to taste the OP's BF's heat tolerance.
re: Bob Martinez
I agree with you -- where the fun in tasting nothing but pepper? It seems akin to smothering your food in ketchup. In fact, the way he wants to put chili paste/oil on everything is similar to how my father needed to pour salt and/or ketchup on all food before tasting it. Some people just don't do well with nuances, perhaps. But to each his own...thanks for the info!
Try Jamaican food. There's a place called Country Style in Queens Village that I like. 215-09 Jamaica Ave. Try some cowpea stew or stew peas, with scotch bonnet peppers on the side. There's also always jerked meats.
There's a Taqueria in Corona a block south of Roosevelt - I think on 108th Street. They have inside seating, but I like to stand at the order counter outside. They have 2 self-serve sauces to heap on your tacos: a mild green and deadly red. A little of the red was fine for me, but you can go crazy.
Warning for gringos (like me): when I went the person taking my order didn't speak enough English, so I had wait a few minutes for a bilingual patron to help me out.