Have you ever fancied taking on an eating challenge? Then you need to check out this selection of the best eating contests in NYC. Those days of hot dog challenges are over. People are taking on pounds of burritos and Indian food in hopes of proving their bottomless stomachs.
10.) The Gran Chingon Challenge
The Don Chingon challenges customers to finish a 30-pound burrito filled with steak, chicken, pork, rice, beans and salsa and drink a margarita made with ghost pepper in 60 minutes (bathroom breaks are not allowed). The restaurant states it is not responsible for illness or death. Up to four people can compete per burrito. The prize is 10% ownership of the business for single competitor; $1,000 in cash, $500 food and beverage credit and two Don Chingon T-shirts for two competitors; four Don Chingon T-shirts and price of the meal will be waived for four competitors. Must book at least 24 hours in advance.
- Winners: 0
- Price: $150
Location: 216 Flatbush Ave., Park Slope, 718-576-3521, Donchingon, NYC
9.) Phaal Challenge
Brick Lane Curry House challenges customers to finish the dish of insanely hot curry (made with nine different peppers and your choice of chicken, lamb, goat, fish, shrimp, paneer, tofu or veggies), in under 30 minutes. Challengers are required to state a verbal disclaimer that the eatery is not liable for any physical or emotional damage after consumption. It’s so hot the chef has to wear a gas mask while preparing it. The prize is a bottle of beer, a certificate of completion proclaiming your “extraordinary courage” and the coveted title of “Phaal Curry Monster” and your picture in the online P’hall of Fame.
- Winners: About 10% of contenders
- Price: $17-$22
Location: Brick Lane Curry House, 99 2nd Avenue, New York, NY, 10003