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Dec 14, 2011 11:03 AM

Homemade hot sauces in Chelsea/Flatiron

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.

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.

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.


165 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011

36 W 26th St, New York, NY 10010

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

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

    1. 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.

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

      1. 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.