The Food Department’s Hangover Helpers


that last bottle seemed like a good idea at the time

Happy New Year! Diet Coke, “hair of the dog,” a bagel deluxe — everyone swears by his or her go-to, no-fail hangover cure, and in the food department, we’re no different. Below, we share our trusted cures for “the morning after.”

Me: I go one of two routes. In culinary school it was a customary tradition every Saturday, after going a little too hard the night before, to go to the mall food court’s Chinese food stand in all of its greasy glory (a little lo mein and sesame chicken was bound to do the trick). Otherwise, although Shira may disagree, there’s nothing to make your stomach happy faster than a BEC — bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich— with some Texas Pete hot sauce, ketchup, and a coffee with Baileys.

Cate, Kitchen Manager: “Nothing will kill your hangover the next morning (in my experience, anyway) better than a dose of good old-fashioned Alka-Seltzer! Big, fluffy chocolate chip pancakes and a side of bacon never hurt anybody, either …”

Shira, Food Editor: “Nachos and a hard cider on the rocks. It’s a new discovery for me; I used to go for an egg sandwich, but now it’s all about nachos piled high with corn tortillas, Monterey Jack-jalapeno cheese, black beans, hot sauce, and sour cream. The cider must be on the rocks (I like Eve’s Cidery’s Northern Spy); it gets rid of the hangover better and faster than any breakfast sandwich can.”

Greg, Food Editor: “#1. Menudo, the traditional Mexican soup with red chilis and tripe; #2. Burger and Fries from Bonnie’s Grill in Park Slope; #3. If the party must go on, I grab a spicy Bloody Mary.”

Laura, Recipe Tester: ”Lemon water (slices of lemon in a cold glass of water), some sleep, and Aleve.”

Jen, VP of Food: “I don’t like being hungover but the last time I was majorly hungover, I couldn’t get out of bed. I begged my husband, Paul, to reheat some spaghetti and meatballs that were in the fridge and I sat in bed eating it under the covers with a hoodie on. It worked!”

Lucinda, SVP of Food: “A beer and a glass of tomato juice. That’s what my Dad used to drink; I don’t know where I got it from, maybe it’s a Canadian thing.”

What’s your go-to when you’ve got a hangover?

Lauren Tempera is an assistant editor at Martha Stewart Living and associate brand manager of Mad Hungry. She spent New Year’s Eve in New Orleans with good food, good booze, and good company. Follow her on Instagram: @laurenevelynanne.

(photo by Yunhee Kim)

Comments (2)

  • Has anyone found a party tray (platter) that can keep food cold? I am looking for something that I can take to a picnic and keep my deviled eggs cold for a couple of hours.

  • When I can’t even look at food, i.e. those one-night weekends in Atlantic City and your in the car the next morning, I buy a whole sleeve of Saltines and a big Coconut Water.

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