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Memorable Upscale Spicy dish?

My boyfriend loves spice, and we try to find places with spicy dishes. Obviously Indian, Vietnamese and Thai places factor heavily into the rotation, but I want to go somewhere for a special occassion and I'm wondering if there is an upscale, maybe more fusion cuisine oriented place that has a notable spicy dish to try that anyone might suggest.

For example, I know he loves Momofuku's Ssam bar's Rice cakes with sichuan peppercorns and sausage, which is actually probably a little too spicy for me personally- but I'm trying to find something on that kind of scale of spiciness and inventiveness.

Any ideas/suggestions?

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  1. there are a bunch of cocktaill places using tequila infused with jalepeno that are pretty spicy. Specifically Meyhual and Death and Co.

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    1. re: princeofpork

      Mayahuel's menu is online here:
      http://mayahuelny.com/cocktails.php

      Last time I was there, Death & Co had only two spicy drinks on the menu but they were both excellent.

      Hot Lips: Los Amantes joven mescal, jalapeƱo infused Chinaco verde, pineapple, lemon, vanilla syrup, cane syrup, salt rim.

      Petticoat: Szechuan peppercorn infused gin, lime, Marie Brizard apry, velvet falernum, cane syrup.

      Was at Pegu Club and Lani Kai recently. Lani Kai doesn't have anything, Pegu has the Tomatillo Highball right now, which is gin, tomatillo, basil syrup, jalapeno syrup. Really tasty.

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      Pegu Club
      77 W Houston St, New York, NY 10012

      Death & Co.
      433 E 6th St, New York, NY 10009

      Mayahuel
      304 E 6th St, New York, NY 10003

      Lani Kai
      525 Broome St, New York, NY 10012

      1. re: kathryn

        Oh yeah spicy cocktails too. I also got one at Danji recently that was also good- kind of a spicy margarita. It was pink for some reason, but very good.

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        Danji
        346 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019

      1. I'd look into:
        Kin Shop
        Tulsi
        Junoon

        As possibilities.

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        Tulsi
        211 E 46th St, New York, NY 10017

        Kin Shop
        469 6th Ave, New York, NY 10011

        Junoon
        27 W 24th St, New York, NY 10010

        1. How about Kittichai? Everything is delicious, most dishes are fairly spicy, but I would suggest asking your server which are the spiciest dishes or if they can make things spicier for you. I particularly like the Thai beef salad, tiger prawns, duck, and pork tenderloin. Great atmosphere too.

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          Kittichai
          60 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012

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          1. re: rrems

            Great atmosphere I agree. Terrible uninterested service comes with it. Tiny portions as well

            1. re: princeofpork

              I disagree completely. I find the portions just right. Yes, you may need to order a side with some dishes, but this is not a cheap restaurant. You get what you pay for. I have never had a problem with the service (well, except one time when the over-enthusiastic waiter tried to remove plates while I was still eating). Sometimes they have brought out an extra dish on the house, perhaps because we are repeat customers, but a nice touch nonetheless.

            2. re: rrems

              I was totally underwhelmed with Kittichai food-wise when I went, but that was a while ago - I believe they have changed their chef since. I remember reading somewhere on Chowhound food's gotten better - was your visit recent?

              1. re: uwsister

                I first tried Kittichai last winter, and have been there numerous times since, the last being a few weeks ago. Do you recall the dishes you had?

                1. re: rrems

                  Sounds like you started going after the chef change - my visit was so long ago that I don't even remember what I had, and I think I even went twice because I liked the atmosphere and had hopes for their food. All I remember is I thought it was totally average and overpriced. I will have to return one of these days - the new chef sounds promising.

                2. re: uwsister

                  The old chef (whose name graces the restaurant) surprisingly used pre-made curry pastes he had shipped over from his home country. Chef Ty Bellingham, who took over, makes his curries from scratch every day. Makes a big difference.

              2. Kin Shop...lots of options there...

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                1. re: Simon

                  Yes, Kin Shop, while a somewhat casual atmosphere, takes the food very seriously. The duck laab is known for being spicy, but there are other options such as the squid ink soup with calamari and sausage and some of the main course curry dishes.
                  Mayahuel is an excellent choice for spicy cocktails; they do have some small plates but it is not a restaurant atmosphere.

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                  Mayahuel
                  304 E 6th St, New York, NY 10003

                  1. re: Simon

                    I've been to Kin Shop four times and find their spice levels to be somewhat tame, though I guess the OP could ask for more heat.

                    Junoon is a great option and quite upscale,

                  2. I think Kathryn's recommendations are spot on - I'd also add Devi for upscale Indian. One of their more famous spicy dishes - the Manchurian Cauliflower - is also on the menu at Tulsi, which is kind of a "cousin" restaurant to them - it's the solo venture from the (former?) co-chef at Devi.

                    Kin Shop I'll second. I was not a big fan of Dieterle's first restaurant, Perilla, but Kin Shop has really blown me away. It's not SUPER-upscale, but the food is a bit more refined than at most other SE Asian places in the city.

                    Traditional "Haute Cuisine" places, though, tend not to go spicy. There isn't really a tradition of heat in French or New American cuisines, and though there's some spice to Italian food now and then, it's nowhere near the level Asian cuisines will hit. Plus, at fancy joints they want every dish to be appealing to everybody, potentially, and tend not go extreme in the heat direction, even the ones who do a bit of Asian fusion.

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                    Perilla
                    9 Jones Street, New York, NY 10014

                    Devi
                    8 East 18th Street, New York, NY 10003

                    Tulsi
                    211 E 46th St, New York, NY 10017

                    Kin Shop
                    469 6th Ave, New York, NY 10011

                    1. I love the Kin Shop Duck laab.