What To Eat While You Watch Game Of Thrones
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We’re not here to make you feel older than you are, but it’s been 10 years since Game of Thrones debuted. And the obvious way to commemorate the occasion is to rewatch our favorite episodes on HBO Max. Before you press play, however, be sure to pick up a meal that echoes the story on your screen. Each of these spots recommended by The Infatuation pairs well with some part of the show, from the vast cold North of the Wall to the spice markets of Essos. Tip well, dig in, and press play.
New York City
Game of Thrones is a saga filled with epic travels, and you probably haven’t been doing a whole lot of that lately. So take a trip to Eastern Europe without getting on an airplane with Farida, a Penn Station-adjacent spot serving Uzbek specialties, as well as some Russian and Georgian dishes. Order the manti and samsa with beef or pumpkin, plus some perfectly spiced chicken and lamb shashlyk.
Noodles are the name of the game here, and there are options for every level of spice tolerance, though if you’re watching any episodes with dragons, we’d opt for extra spicy for maximum synergy. Get a stewed pork or spicy cumin lamb burger and a plate of dumplings, and you’ve got a feast that would make any Westerosi proud.
Zanmi, a Haitian spot in Prospect Lefferts Gardens has an outdoor patio and a seafood-focused menu. The codfish, coconut jumbo shrimp, and grilled conch are all delicious and the kinds of dishes we wouldn’t be surprised to find in Braavos or Pentos. If you’re not in the mood for seafood, they’ve also got a fried goat the Hound would probably murder a small village for.
From the piroshki to the tender boiled vareniki and pelmeni, this Russian spot has plenty of winter-appropriate choices to prepare you for the snow- and White Walker-filled events ahead. For something sweet, try the sour cherry vareniki, or the ground-beef-stuffed golubtsy if you’re feeling more savory.
To say you’re going to get prime rib at this storied establishment is both obvious and vastly underselling the true glory of the House of Prime Rib experience. Every inch of this Nob Hill establishment, from the people-watching to the decor to the table-side plating, is a feast for the eyes - just eating here will make you feel like nobility visiting one of the Seven Kingdoms. Ordering takeout or delivery is royalty-appropriate too: Pick from one of the five different cuts of prime rib, or order an option from the “secret” menu. After all, do you really expect a Lannister to order what everyone else is eating?
These might not be Hot Pies, but the full- and mini-sized pies you’ll find at this pop-up might be even better. You’ll need to be organized and pre-order, but once you’ve picked your pie(s) up (there are locations in SF, Berkeley, and Oakland), you’ll feel like you’ve just visited one of the best bakeries in all of Westeros - or at least, the west coast.
Take one step inside this 100-year-old Scottish pub as you pick up your dinner, and you might do a double-take. No, you didn’t just enter one of the great halls at King’s Landing or Winterfell - though the flags will certainly make you feel as if bannermen just swore fealty to you, their liege. The Tam O’Shanter offers feast-appropriate dishes like Scottish rarebit and several cuts of prime rib that would be filling enough for any knight.
The only thing more valuable than gold in Westeros is a powerful secret or two, and consider Kuya Lord among the most delicious secrets in the L.A. area. The Instagram pop-up (with pick-up in La Cañada Flintridge) puts out giant family-style servings of Filipino classics that would have Varys’ Little Birds whispering all over town.
Lasita takes their meats seriously, and the payoff is delicious, no matter what you pick. Order the pork belly lechon by the pound if you’re feeding an army, or try the chicken inasal with lemongrass, garlic, and two sauces that will ruin all other rotisserie chickens for you. The Chinatown takeout spot also offers combo plates with plenty of sides. No matter what you order, you’ll feast like a king.
Pie is as close to perfect as a food can get: It’s delicious, it’s filling, and if you focus on hand-sized variations, it’s infinitely portable for the long journey ahead of you on the King’s Road. You’ll want to load up on several of the savory pies from Pleasant House Pub, like the curry-spiced chicken balti pie, or the traditional steak and ale pie. (Ordering a side of mashed potatoes and gravy makes the latter option more of a knife-and-fork affair, but it’s worth it.) These “royal” pies are the kind of flaky specialties that Hot Pie would make - and he wouldn’t turn down the Scotch egg, or the assortment of bakewell tarts and other sweets, either.
Time an order from Aba for when you press play on Season Four, which ushers in the swaggering charm of Dornishman Oberyn Martell. Aba serves the kind of Mediterranean food we imagine they’d eat in Dorne, like a leg of lamb with cinnamon and dates, and hummus with any number of toppings, including short rib ragu and a sweet and spicy roasted pepper blend. Be sure to save room for dessert, which includes a pistachio cake marked with orange blossom water, and a rose honey and pomegranate crème brûleé pie. Either pick is a feast worthy of kings and Sands alike.
You don’t need to head north of the wall for a cabin filled with the smell of juicy meats. The wagyu ribs and lamb burger from Frontier would satisfy even the hungriest Wildling, but the stars of the show here are the whole animal dinners. And we do mean whole animal: Feast on a wild boar or an entire alligator, prepared for your table the way other spots might present a turkey. Celebrate a birthday, a promotion, or a hard-won battle with any of the sides meant to satisfy a group - although you might need an army of 20,000 to help finish the meal.
If you’re the kind of person who believes the best pairing for meat is more meat, look no further than Hometown Barbecue. You could start with char-crusted beef ribs, before moving on to the perfectly-tender brisket, or channel your inner Mountain and order the half chicken slathered in salsa verde and red onions.
TV and pizza is never a bad combo - and when it’s one of the loaded pies from Eleventh Street Pizza, so much the better. Each pizza is made with a sourdough crust, and the Sicilian slices are substantial enough to power you through multiple episodes and plot twists. Add a salad or the house-made meatballs to your order, get comfy, and get lost in another world for three hours… or more.
Alligator just feels like a very Game of Thrones thing to eat, and it shows up here in two ways - fried or in tacos. Follow it up with one of their two-hands-necessary burgers which, again, just feels like something the Hound would appreciate.