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5 Great Bowls of Chili in NYC

It pairs well with football, and with cold New York nights — chili is the ultimate comfort food. And in New York, we’ve got any number of excellent versions, some with beans, others without, some beef, others chicken, and we’ve even got a tripe version on our list. The sky’s the limit with chili and that’s part of the fun. For more amazing chili, stop by the Brooklyn Chili Takedown on Nov. 17 at The Bell House, where dozens of amateur competitors battle it out for the best version. Or just try one of these five chilis, some of our favorite in New York.


Ditch Plains Chicken Chili

Ditch Plains chicken chili (Photo: Ditch Plains)

Daisy May’s
To a Texan, beans are chili blasphemy — they shouldn’t come near a proper pot. Thus Daisy May’s “Bowl O’ Red” Texas Style Chili contains no beans; it starts with big hunks of beef with a number of chiles, including ancho and chipotle, and is topped with ample cheddar cheese and onion. 623 11th Ave., 212-977-1500,

Ditch Plains
The upscale comfort food at these West Village and Upper West Side restaurants is beautifully executed, and the green chicken chili fits right in. With braised tomatillos and chicken taking the place of traditional beef, it’s a smart upgrade on the original. Multiple locations,

Hill Country Barbecue Market
This barbecue joint is all about Texas, and “EAK’s Bowl of Red,” named after Hill Country’s executive chef Elizabeth Karmel, also falls into the Texan style. A ground beef-tomato base is spiced up with jalapeño; get a small serving as a side, or a big one for a hearty meal. 30 W. 26th St, 212-255-4544,

The Brooklyn Star
Tripe chili may sound a bit odd, but after one bite, you’ll be a convert. The tripe is stewed down along with bacon and ground beef, tomato, onion and chili powder, and then filled out with pinto and black beans. Garnished with radish, cilantro, lime, crema and — the real kicker — a bag of Fritos. 593 Lorimer St., Brooklyn, 718-599-9899,


Bark's chili dog

Bark’s chili dog (Photo: Bark Hot Dogs)

Bark Hot Dogs
You could get Bark’s excellent chili — starring top round and brisket, flavored with sofrito and smoked chilies — all on its own. But it’s equally tasty as a chili dog or on chili cheese fries; in both cases, it’s topped with the house cheddar sauce, made with smoked Grafton and two Cabot cheddars. 474 Bergen St., Brooklyn, 718-789-1939,

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