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LloydG Oct 23, 2008 10:38 AM

I like to spice up my lunch, and so I often order a side of hot sauce whenver it is available. What are your favorite hot sauces in the city? I'll start off with a couple that I find in Chelsea, which is where I work.

1. The red onions at Sirtaj
2. The pico de gallo at Taco Express on 7th and 23rd.
3. The red hot sauce at Rafiqi's cart.

Please add to this too-short list.

  1. nycbbq May 26, 2009 02:11 PM

    Dirty Dicks at Wildwood BBQ

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      johns72604 May 26, 2009 09:42 AM

      I really like the aji sauce at the multiple Pio Pio locations throughout the city. I always commented that i would bathe in a pool of it if possible.

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        princeofpork May 26, 2009 11:04 AM

        I just had the Pio Pio sauce last night. I kept the leftovers for tonights steak.

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        demigodh May 26, 2009 08:38 AM

        The homemade hot sauce at Veronicas, the Caribbean street cart on Front St in the Financial District.

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          foodluvngal May 24, 2009 09:11 PM

          You really should try the hot sauce at Murray's Falafel on 1st Ave at 15th Street. It's a delicious, homemade compliment to what I think is one of the best falafels around.

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            mrnyc May 24, 2009 09:20 PM

            i'll second that suggestion!

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            amstrgy May 23, 2009 02:54 PM

            Cafe Con Leche (two locations on UWS) has two sauces. The red sauce is hotter and excellent on everything. The white sauce is garlicky and also very good.
            The Vietnamese restaurants in Chinatown often have at least two types of hot sauces - a chili sauce and Sriracha - sometimes also jalapenos, hoisin or plum sauce (not sure which) and fish sauce.
            Curry in a Hurry has a condiment bar with one of the hot lime or mango pickle sauces as well as other Indian side sauces.
            Agree on Rafiqi's.

            1. bigmackdaddy May 22, 2009 07:17 AM

              The delicious, very spicy, brown sauce at New Wonton Garden on Mott St. Plus the three different red & green pepper sauces at La Taqueria on 7th Ave by Lincoln in Park Slope.

              1. DarthEater Oct 24, 2008 01:12 AM

                -New Malaysia has my favorite shrimp paste hot sauce.
                -Bo Ky as mentioned already.

                1. a_and_w Oct 23, 2008 01:04 PM

                  The peppery hot sauce at Rainbow falafel is exceptional. There's also Amba (mango hot sauce) available at Olympic Pita. I love the hot sauce they sell in squirt bottles in the refrigerators at Kalyustan's.

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                    princeofpork Oct 23, 2008 01:32 PM

                    I agree with the Waterfront Ale house sauce, its hot and flavorful.
                    I also like the spicy green sauce at the cuban place Sophies.

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                      iheartcupcakes Oct 24, 2008 04:25 AM

                      I miss the Waterfront Ale house hot sauce! I can't wait to return in March and replenish my stocks!! It was really hot but tasty at the same time! My husband didn't heed the waitresses warning and put rather a lot on his food - certainly warmed him up!

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                      TongoRad Oct 24, 2008 04:33 AM

                      I prefer Olympic Pita in general, but over at Kosher Delight on Broadway they have a better amba sauce and they let you fill up your own take-away cups from the squirt bottle. It's nice to have extra lying around.

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                      KTinNYC Oct 23, 2008 12:49 PM

                      The hot sauce used by the Halal Guys on 53rd and 6th is very good. Good flavor and it'll blow the top of your head off. I'm sweating just think about it.

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                        kathryn Oct 23, 2008 02:21 PM

                        Yes! At first it looks like they skimped on the container of red sauce. Then you try it and OUCH! HOT!

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                          BLINDVIBE May 21, 2009 10:42 PM

                          I agree, that is great hot sauce! I often buy bottles of that stuff from those guys! There is also a place in the village called pluck U, get there death sauce you will not regret it if you are a true hot sauce lover!

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                        kobetobiko Oct 23, 2008 12:39 PM

                        Not exactly hot sauce, but the chili oil at Bo Ky on Bayard is addictive! They sell it by the jar too!

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                          Simon Oct 23, 2008 01:43 PM

                          interesting...i am a confirmed chili oil addict...when i lived in China, it was the first thing besides ni-hao that i learned to say in Mandarin ("la-jiao-yo")...

                          is the Bo Ky version different in any way from the usual?...i've been meaning to hit Bo Ky sometime soon anyway because i'm curious if they have any of the Chiu Chow dishes i enjoyed when visiting HK this past spring...so i'll likely buy a jar for my home...

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                            kobetobiko Oct 23, 2008 02:09 PM

                            Hi Simon,

                            I go to Hong Kong every year (sometimes a few times a year) and Chiu Chow food is one of my favorite cuisines in Hong Kong. You won't be able to find the higher end or sophisticated Chiu Chow food in Manhattan, but Bo Ky has some pretty good Chiu Chow styled marinated food - their marinated ducks (no geese to be found here, sigh) and marinated pig organs are quite tasty. They also have a boiled pork kidneys with preserved vegetabels and scallions that I really like.

                            People rave about their soup noodles, but to me the soup noodles are ok. I didn't like their wonton or fish balls / fish dumplings at all.

                            Back to chili oil, they have 3 types. They are not really different (though the green one is less common to be found here), but I think they are better because the oil tastes fresh (probably because of high turnover). If you order food they will give you a little of the chili oil, so try it first before you commit yourself to a whole jar.

                            they actually charge you fifty cents more if you ask for extra chili oil for your take-out!

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                          ESNY Oct 23, 2008 10:51 AM

                          My two favorites are:

                          The florescent green hot sauce at Kwik Meal (45th and 5th or 47th and Park). They only put it on if you ask for extra spicy.

                          Sam's Famous Hot Sauce at Waterfront Ale House on 30th and 2nd.

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                            egit Oct 23, 2008 11:01 AM

                            I think you can buy Sam's Famous by the bottle at Waterfront, if you feel inclined to carry it with you.

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                              ESNY Oct 23, 2008 11:55 AM

                              You can and I always have a bottle or two in my fridge. I wanna say its $4.50 per bottle. Note: I dont think the single barrel reserve sauce is worth the extra buck or two. Not nearly as incendiary or flavorful as the regular Sam's

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                              TarquinWinot Oct 23, 2008 12:53 PM

                              I second the neon-green jalapeno sauce at Kwik Meal (though I asked if they could actually give a little container of it on the side the other day because I forgot to ask for it in the sandwich itself and was denied).

                              I rather like the hot sauce at Mamoun falafel, which seems the same at both the W. and E. Village locations. I think that may be the only thing that may draw me occasionally back to Mamoun's after Taim's falafel stole my heart.

                              It sounds like we're talking about a rather expansive definition of hot sauce to include most salsas. I'd be curious if anyone has run across a good avocado salsa (not guacamole) around town.

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