Hackney is home to a fantastic range of restaurants with cuisines from all over the world, but for some quality comfort food, it’s worth turning to the Yanks.
By Victoria Gray
For a burger
If you like your burgers sloppy, and haven’t tried Baggio Burger, you’re in luck. In the Sebright Arms the burgers range from Americana to Topolino, all deliciously juicy and quite literally dripping in flavour.
Baggio Burger @ The Sebright Arms,
31-35 Coate Street, E2 9AG sebrightarms.com
For bbq: Smokestak
Low and slow is the name of the game in the Southern United States. And it’s no different at Smokestak, where brisket is smoked for 15 hours before making up their famous buns. Mix in grilled vegetables and pulled pork and you’ve got a feast.
35 Sclater Street, E1 6LB smokestak.co.uk
For tacos, American-style
Americans love Mexican food so much that American- style tacos are practically their own cuisine. Del 74 serves up such American-style tacos alongside of drinks so strong you’ll need to order double. Del 74, 129 KingslandHigh Street, E8 2PB tacosdel74.com
For a brunch
And what’s an American style night out without a tasty breakfast the next day? Cafe Miami’s brunch menu is dominated by its pancakes, with a suitably art-deco décor to transport you straight to Florida. Cafe Miami, 24 Lower Clapton Road, E5 0PD cafemiami.co.uk
For a real reuben sandwich
Mark Ogus who founded Monty’s couldn’t find his ideal Reuben sandwich, so he set upon himself to get inject some proper New York-style Jewish food into the capital. From bagels to chicken soup, you can spend all day indulging in it at Monty’s.
Monty’s, 227-229 Hoxton Street, N1 5LG montys-deli.com
For wings: Randy’s Wing Bar
The humble chicken wing is an essential to sport-watching Americans, but at Randy’s Wing Bar, every day is wing day. Bringing the US wing passion to Hackney, the Hackney Wick branch is the place to try all sorts of wing flavours.
28 East Bay Lane, E15 2GW randyswingbar.co.uk
For a pizza slice
New Yorkers love their pizza slices, but the trend never really caught on this side of the pond – until Voodoo Rays came along. Pick from a range of slice toppings, and eat them them with beer and cocktails until all hours. Why go anywhere else? Voodoo Rays 95 Kingsland High Street, E8 2PB, voodoorays.com