There’s no secret about the fact that cannabis-infused dining is becoming a pretty big deal in New York City.
In fact, a quick internet search reveals that there are a growing number of cannabis-infused dining experiences to be had in the Big Apple.
These types of dining experiences range from private stealth dinners in people’s homes, created by world-class chefs with entry costs of up to hundreds of dollars—to brand new diners and restaurants that are opening with the sole purpose of exploring cannabis-infused cuisine.
In this blog post, you’re going to learn a little bit about this growing dining phenomenon, and you’re going to learn how you can take part in it and enjoy it as a cannabis connoisseur and foodie—all at the same time.
So sit back, enjoy the ride, and don’t forget to bring your napkin.
This is going to be a heck of an adventure.
1. First, You May Need Your Medical Card
Cannabis has received recreational legal status in New York as of just last year.
With that being said, it’s still important to put all your ducks in a row by making sure that you’re covering your legal bases.
If you use marijuana for medical purposes, then it’s important to keep your medical card up to date.
If you plan to use cannabis for any medicinal reasons, but don’t yet have a medical card, then it’s probably time to get one.
Veriheal makes this a relatively easy process, thankfully.
You can use their online tool to get a quick session with a doctor and get started on the road to getting registered with the state so that you’ll have your own medical marijuana card.
2. Research Cannabis Infused Restuarant Dining Options Near You
There are actually a growing number of cannabis-infused dining options in New York. Thus, you’ll want to do your own research and find the options that seem to appeal best to you.
This is by far the best way to find out about restaurants, diners, and cafes in your area that are actually using cannabis, in a meaningful way, in their food.
Options for amazing cannabis-infused dining experiences range from what many consider to be the ‘coolest’ weed-infused fine dining restaurant in the city, 99th Floor, to HighGarden—a cannabis lounge where they include vape pens filled with cannabis for each guest, which you can enjoy similar to a glass of wine with your meal.
In fact, HighGarden prides itself on pairing the proper strains of cannabis with the meal, so as to make sure that you receive the best possible experience.
There are also plenty of other cannabis fine dining restaurants, including options like Boerum Hill, SoHo, and Tribeca.
Some of these meals range from $300 up to the $500 range—but you definitely get your money’s worth. You get multi-course meals that all include thoughtful cannabis infusions. They also provide premium beverage pairings, foreign sparkling water, and many other perks.
3. Why Try A Cannabis-Infused Restaurant?
There are actually all kinds of reasons to try a cannabis-infused restaurant experience in New York City.
A lot of people think of marijuana as ‘a weed that people smoke to get high.’
But this idea definitely minimizes the strengths of what cannabis dining has to offer.
The truth is that marijuana is a multi-faceted ingredient—capable of delivering interesting flavors while also using the THC cannabinoid to induce a pleasurable, euphoric effect.
How wouldn’t that pair with exquisite fine dining?
There are also small cafes where you can get CBD-infused pastries to go along with designer coffee—meaning that there are definitely plenty of awesome options for people who just want to dip their toes in.
CBD, as you may know, is a cannabinoid that offers many of the calming, relaxing health benefits of THC without the euphoric high.
Thus, starting with this type of cannabinoid can sometimes make people feel a little bit safer and more at ease.
There you have it.
Everything you need to know to get started in the growing trend of ‘cannabis-infused dining’ in New York.
All that’s left now is to get out there and give it a try.
You’ve got this.
Now get out there and make it happen.