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Your Guide to Every Weed Dispensary in NYC

NYC dispensary recs for a high-vibrational 4/20 and all year-round.

Photo by Carlos Hano
Photo by Carlos Hano
Photo by Carlos Hano

New Yorkers are finally able to light up legally and we’re right there with you on the hunt for the best spots to pick up cannabis products. In addition to answering the where, when, and how of cannabis use across the boroughs, we’ll also give you a rundown of the four legal dispensaries in New York City and a few events that’ll make 4/20 even more special this year.

Joshua Resnick/Shutterstock
Joshua Resnick/Shutterstock
Joshua Resnick/Shutterstock

Is weed legal in New York City?

It sure is! Recreational cannabis is now legal across New York State for adults 21 and older.

When did NYC legalize weed?

In March 2021, New York State became the 15th state to legalize the use of recreational cannabis. With the passing of this legislation, also came an impassioned and hard-fought program to reinvest millions of dollars from cannabis tax revenues back into the local communities that have been systemically and unjustly devastated by the war on drugs.

Can you buy recreational cannabis in NYC without a medical card?

You do not need a medical card to buy weed at recreational dispensaries in New York City.

Can jobs test for weed in NYC?

No, the days of surprise cannabis drug tests are in the past. With a few exceptions, New York State has prohibited employers from testing current and potential employees for cannabis use, plus any discriminatory action against workers who use cannabis outside of the workplace and work hours.

Are there recreational dispensaries in New York City?

After years of hoping, the answer is finally yes! All of the individuals or organizations who operate city dispensaries were selected specifically for their charitable missions and/or to promote entrepreneurship opportunities to those who have been unjustly affected by cannabis-related arrests or imprisonment. Read on for a rundown of NYC’s recently opened legal dispensaries that are serving flower, chocolates, gummies and so much more.

Photo courtesy of Union Square Travel Agency
Photo courtesy of Union Square Travel Agency
Photo courtesy of Union Square Travel Agency

Housing Works Cannabis Co.

Greenwich Village
Run by the Housing Works non-profit, which has supported unhoused and AIDS-inflicted communities since 1990, the Housing Works Cannabis Co. was the first legal recreational weed store in New York City. At the East Village shop, visitors can peruse a selection of flower, prerolls, vapes, tinctures, edibles, and more from LGBTQIA+-, BIPOC-, and women-led brands. Delivery is now available for a few neighborhoods around the Greenwich Village area.

Smacked Village

East Village
As New York State’s first Black-owned recreational weed store, Smacked Village is just the beginning of the many cannabis stores that are slated to open as a way to work towards creating social equity in this emerging market. Owner and CEO Roland Connor, who has a previous conviction for a cannabis-related offense, operates the popular store alongside his wife and son. Shoppers can either browse products from women- and BIPOC-run brands in-store or place orders online for pickup.

Union Square Travel Agency

Union Square
At Union Square Travel Agency, more than half of all profits go directly to funding the Doe Fund, a non-profit whose mission is to break cycles of homelessness, recidivism, and poverty through job training, housing, paid employment, and more. In addition to the products available in store and online, customers can sign up for The Travel Club for exclusive access to merch drops, member-only events, and limited-edition bundle offers.

Good Grades

Jamaica
The newest addition to NYC’s dispensary crew and the first to open in Queens, Good Grades debuted its Jamaica storefront in March 2023. Notably the first woman-owned recreational dispensary in New York State, Good Grades is helmed by cousins Extasy and Michael James. The shop’s mission, aside from selling high-quality products, is to provide an inclusive atmosphere, spread positive cannabis education, and inspire their community.

Photo courtesy of Sackville & Co.
Photo courtesy of Sackville & Co.
Photo courtesy of Sackville & Co.

How can I celebrate 4/20 this year?

We’re manifesting chill vibes and good energy this 4/20. The recently opened House of Cannabis immersive museum is a perfect spot for stoned wandering, and the holiday will be celebrated with live performances, exclusive drops, and an exciting special guest. In Prospect Park, Black Girls Smoke-a cannabis-friendly concept that promotes inclusion-is hosting a picnic-style hangout with DJ sets, local vendor setups, and more. For revelers in Manhattan, Washington Square Park will be popping off with a collaborative Sesh in the Park event by Scarr’s Pizza, VIBES, and Smashed. The Standard, High Line hotel’s The Shop will host a pop-up from the smoking accessory brand, Sackville & Co.-look out for the complimentary treats and limited-edition merch. Finally, drop by the East Williamsburg odds and ends shop, Friends NYC, for their annual 4/20 party where the whole store will be 20% off.Want more Thrillist? Follow us on¬†Instagram,¬†TikTok,¬†Twitter,¬†Facebook,¬†Pinterest, and¬†YouTube.

Izzy Baskette is a Staff Writer for Thrillist New York. Find her on Instagram.

New York

Scavenge for Peeps Cookies and More Fun Treats in NYC This Easter

The best Easter desserts in NYC this spring include Easter Bunny Churros and Carrot Cake Macarons.

Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery

As spring makes its way through New York City, not only do we get to enjoy beautiful weather, stunning cherry blossoms, and cool activities priced at $Free.99, but it’s also the perfect time for some limited-edition desserts.

With Easter fast approaching, bakeries are filling their shops with tons of chocolate eggs, carrot cake-flavoured everything and all types of flavours that offer both nostalgia and innovation within the city’s dessert landscape. After you’ve picked up a cake from the city’s best new bakeries, from Easter Bunny Churros to Carrot Cake Macarons, here are 8 Easter desserts to try in NYC right now.

Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery

Magnolia Bakery

Throughout April
Various locations
There’s great news for devotees of Magnolia Bakery’s Classic Banana Pudding: For Easter, the spot is mixing up the iconic dessert’s vanilla pudding with some carrot cake. The Carrot Cake Pudding is filled with freshly grated carrots, coconuts, pineapples, raisins, and walnuts. And if both bananas and carrots aren’t your thing, they’ll be offering their Classic Vanilla Cupcakes in pastel colours with a Cadbury chocolate egg hidden inside.

Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery

Funny Face Bakery

Through Easter Sunday
NoHo and Seaport
Known for their celebrity face and meme-worthy decorated cookies, fans of Funny Face Bakery know that a new fun design is always just around the corner. For Easter, they’ve created the adorable Hoppy Easter decorated cookie that resembles a classic box of marshmallow Peeps. Along with that, they also have the return of their fan-favourite Caramel Pretzel Chip cookie flavour, plus a set of three mini-decorated cookies perfect for gifting.

The Doughnut Project

Friday, April 7 through Easter Sunday
West Village
With the ever-changing flavours at The Doughnut Project, it’s super easy to miss out on trying out a new debut. But this Easter weekend, there will be two new flavours available. One is of course, a carrot cake doughnut topped with a cream cheese glaze, and the other is known as the Doughnut Nest-a French cruller “nest” with a cream-filled doughnut hole “egg” in the centre.

Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour
Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour
Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour

The Fragile Flour

Wednesday, April 5 through Easter Sunday
East Village
For stellar vegan desserts this holiday, head to The Fragile Flour, a plant-based bakery and dessert wine bar. They’re known for going all out for each holiday with a variety of new pastry options that you can pair perfectly with a glass of wine. This Easter, they’ll have a whole dessert menu that’s both delicious and gorgeous for posting on IG. The menu includes Stuffed Carrot Cake Cookies, a Lemon Cake (whole or by the slice), some festive cupcakes, and specialty macarons.

Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate
Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate
Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate

Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate

Through mid April
Midtown
For a luxurious take on Easter chocolates, browse the selections available at Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate. You can even pick the Easter Signature Chef’s Selection for a special box curated by award-winning chefs. For something other than chocolate, choose between the Carrot Cake Macarons or the cake flavored Easter Marshmallow Trio, both of which are almost too cute to eat.

La Churreria

Throughout April
Nolita
This churro-centric spot is putting the cutest Easter spin on their crispy cinnamon churros by twisting them up into bunnies and bunny ears. At Churreria, choose from a Bunny Churro Lollipop topped with your choice of chocolate or dulce de leche and sprinkles, or the bunny ear churros in the Ube and Matcha ice cream sundae or the Ube Milkshake, both of which are made with ice cream from il laboratorio del gelato.

Photo by Briana Balducci
Photo by Briana Balducci
Photo by Briana Balducci

Lafayette

Throughout April
NoHo
You’ve surely seen this croissant tons of times while scrolling through IG or TikTok, whether it’s the Pain au Chocolat one or the latest of the month. Known as Supr√™mes, these filled croissants went viral and continue to live up to the hype each time a new flavour comes out. April’s flavour-sour cherry amaretto with a Luxardo custard and toasted almonds. While you’ll have to be super early and wait in line during one of their three drops of the day to get a taste, we promise you it’ll be worth it.

Photo courtesy of Levain
Photo courtesy of Levain
Photo courtesy of Levain

Levain

Seasonal
Various locations
We all know the iconic cookies from Levain-they’re gigantic, perfectly crispy and chewy, and well worth the long lines. For spring, the shop is launching a new flavour: Caramel Coconut Chocolate Chip. Filled with gooey caramel chips, fresh shredded coconut, and melty dark chocolate, it’s one you’ve got to try while it’s still around. To further celebrate the new season, all of Levain’s storefronts will be decked out in spring floral displays, serving as the perfect backdrop for pictures.

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Alaina Cintron is an Editorial Assistant at Thrillist. Her work can also be found in Westchester Magazine, Girls’ Life, and Spoon University. When she’s not at her desk typing away, you can find her exploring a local coffee shop or baking a new recipe.

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