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LloydG Dec 14, 2011 11:03 AM

This week I've been sampling some homemade hot sauces with lunch, and it occurred to me that this might be a good thread for a CH discussion. I'll divide the hot sauces into two categories - Spanish and Asian, although there may be more. Here's what I have so far in the neighborhood.

Spanish:
Sophie's (23rd east of B'way) - you have to start here, with the green hot sauce that they give you by request with any takeout order. If you eat in, they have a bottle of it on the table, which is always a bonus. It is spicy with a nice flavor, although I can't identify it.

Milanes (6th and 25th) - They have a good house-made sauce that is light bronw in color and not quite as spicy as Sophie's.

Super Taco Express (7th and 23rd) - you wouldn't think one of the fast food taco places would make the cut, but the pico de gallo here is fresh and spicy.

Asian:
I haven't explored these as much yet.

The Chinese takeout place on 7th and 23rd - their hot oil is disappointing, with no real flavor.

Pongsrii (23rd just east of 7th) - good red chili sauce, but pretty basic. I liked their pickled peppers better.

Sirtaj (now closed, but was on 26th btwn 6ht and Bway) - they had the best red onions I've tasted anywhere. I can't find anything comparable and have not idea how to make them at home. I missed the boat by not asking for the recipe, and now the place is closed. I won't make that mistake again.

Feel free to add any other recommendations you have. I'd be happy to sample hot sauces all winter.

Lloyd

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Pongsri
165 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011

Sirtaj
36 W 26th St, New York, NY 10010

Milanes
168 W 25th St, New York, NY 10001

Sophie's Cuban Cuisine
28 E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010

Super Taco Express
225 7th Ave, New York, NY 10011

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  1. rose water RE: LloydG Dec 14, 2011 11:11 AM

    Out of your geographical bounds, but I love the harissa at Cafe Mogador.

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    Cafe Mogador
    101 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

    1. princeofpork RE: LloydG Dec 14, 2011 11:16 AM

      I would not consider the Sophies sauce as hot sauce but more of an avacado condiment. I dont find it spicy at all.
      My favorite hot sauce in NYC is the homemade hot sauce at Waterfront Ale House on 2nd and 30th. Now that is hot.

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      Waterfront Ale House
      540 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10016

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        vidyoh RE: LloydG Dec 14, 2011 01:46 PM

        Just started picking up homemade empanadas at a NY Mobile Eatery food truck on the corner 26th & 6th. They have this kick ass fruity hot sauce that is killer.

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