York Chili Eateries
Recently when planning a trip to New York, I sat down and wrote a
list of places I wanted to visit, to see, or to have a bite to eat.
As I'm writing, my list looked somewhat like this:
I found that as I
added more and more items that I didn't know a single place to get a
great bowl of chili in New York! *GASP* Of course that had to
change quickly so I made a few phone calls and sent a few emails to
my friends living in New York or the friends that were past
residents of New York to find out which chili joints I needed to put
on my list.
variety of answers, and believe me, there apparently is no shortage
of places to get chili in the city, I found 3 spots that kept
recurring on various lists.
Daisy May's Texas style bowl of red
made the list over and over. Not your regular ground beef kind
of chili, this bowl features hand cut meats in a hearty sauce cooked
together into chili perfection. The seating arrangements can
be quite tight, but it seems as if a great many people pick up their
chili and take it home. Daisy May's will definitely make my
final cut of places to go in New York.
I was a bit surprised at the next chili joint that made the cut, but
I'm not one to shy away from trying something new so I'll be
Brooklyn Star during my trip to New
York. What makes this choice so surprising is the use of tripe
in their chili. Sure, they use other meats such as bacon and
ground beef but the tripe has the spotlight in this bowl of chili.
Tripe is the stomach (or stomachs) of a ruminant (animals that "chew
the cud" or chew on food that has already been chewed once) such as
a cow, sheep, or ox. The preparation of tripe is quite
involved in order to achieve a palatable meat, but experienced cooks
have the procedure down to a science. By placing the tripe
into a pot of cold water and bring the water to a 1 to 2 hour boil,
tripe will be at it's finest taste.
The third chili eatery to make the list is
Manhattan Chili. Apparently
this restaurant has been around for quite some time but has recently
made the move to Grand Central Terminal where you can order chili
almost any way you want. The location alone is appealing just
for people watching, but when you add in a great bowl of chili, it
becomes "must see" in my book.
Now my list is complete! I won't publish my entire list of
places I'm going to visit because a girl's gotta have some privacy,
but rest assured that I WILL be visiting each of the chili eateries
If you would like to
share your experiences of chili in New York, feel free to email me at