Spice It Up
Thanksgiving's flavor profile is a little...let's be charitable and call it mild. The first thing I start craving once the leftovers run out is something spicy and sultry, like the delicately but deliciously spiced Middle Eastern fare at Bab al Yemen in Bay Ridge. You can also take the more literal interpretation of "spicy" of appreciate the burn of say, Mission Chinese or Pok Pok.
Remember when we spent an entire month eating vegetables? Maybe it's time to reprise that spirit. With so many chefs now devoting serious attention to vegetables, there's never been a better time to eat veggies in New York.
You might have had oysters in your stuffing, but you probably didn't slip back any raw ones during Thanksgiving. They're the perfect post-holiday food: still vaguely celebratory without weighing you down. Check out our guide to the best oyster happy hours around town.
Enough with the roasted poultry—bring on the raw fish! A meal of sushi, simultaneously refreshing but satisfying, may be just the thing right now. Neta is one of our new favorite spot for sushi, and it does other smart versions of Japanese dishes very well.
Just because you're trying to cut back doesn't mean you can't enjoy your dessert. The answer lies in frozen yogurt: tangy, relatively low-impact in fat and carbs, and always satisfying. We sought out the best for you.
Of course if you need more help settling your post-Thanksgiving nerves, there are always bars. Drinking your way to serenity (and eating bar grub) aren't the healthiest ways to go about holiday recovery, but sometimes you have to do what you have to do. For some bar classics, Double Windsor has surprisingly good bites to match its convivial atmosphere, Waterfront Ale House has a plate of nachos that could cure anything, and Brooklyn Ice House has a $3 smoked pork sandwich. Enough said.
Spicy, not-turkey-meaty, and cheap, tacos will never give you up or let you down. Here are fourteen of our favorites.