Whet The Appetites of NYC's Pepperheads!
As Organizer of the NYC Pepperheads Meetup (http://hotnspicy.meetup.com/42/), I want to compile a list of those "hot 'n spicy" restaurants that are guaranteed to burn the tastebuds. Our ideal venue serves authentic, affordable meals in an attractive setting. Our benchmark to date is Brick Lane Curry House...several of us have successfully mastered its spiciest curry.
What other restaurants do you recommend, and why?
I've never been to the very popular Sripraphai, in Queens, but from what I've read, the Thai food served there is quite authentic and the spice level is fiery hot.
You guys are hardcore if you can engage in Brick Lane's phaal curry. I'm afraid you're not going to find something to beat Brick Lane, but you should definitely look into Sichuan food (Spicy and Tasty in Flushing, Wu Liang Ye in Manhattan, Grand Sczhecuan in Manhattan). You'll get the numbing feeling in addition to the spiciness from the peppercorns. Korean food can be spicy. Try the soon tofu (soft tofu casserole). Thai is a good choice. Sripraphai is good. Try ordering drunken noodles. There's an Indian-Chinese restaurant in Queens called Tangra Masala where most every item has a chili pepper next to it. Order everything extra-spicy. It helps if you're Asian. I used to do that all the time until I realized that i couldn't handle the spiciness as I got older. Actually, the spiciest food I ever ate was at Pongsri Thai restaurant in Manhattan. I asked the guy to make it really spicy and he obliged -- it beat the phaal at Brick Lane. Let's just say I learned my lesson.