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