The Best NYC Comfort Foods You Have to Try This Winter
Only cheese can save us
There are lots of ways to endure the next few months cold weather: hitting the slopes, making snowmen, holing up in your apartment in a flannel onesie (or a mermaid blanket). But our favorite way to cope—big surprise—is by getting our hands on as much melted cheese and piping-hot noodles as possible. Consider these 12 dishes your winter best friends.
Lobster Grilled Cheese at Luke’s Lobster
Leave it to Luke’s to come up with the perfect cold-weather answer to the inherently summery lobster roll (though, let’s be real, we’ll eat them year-round). Take lobster, add melted Gruyère and buttery toasted bread and prepare to swoon.
Multiple locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn; lukeslobster.com
Sesame Ramen at Ippudo
When it comes to ramen, our love takes many forms: tonkotsu, shoyu, miso… So we were overjoyed when the venerated noodle temple introduced a brand-new, umami-rich vegetarian broth that’s just as slurp-worthy as its meaty predecessors.
Two locations in Manhattan; ippudony.com
Black Tap x Jars by Dani Milkshakes
Two of our favorite desserts join forces for the ultimate rainbow-sprinkled indulgence at the Jars by Dani pop-up. Best of all, it’s for a great cause: Bring a toy to donate between 2 and 4 p.m. on December 2 and 3 and you’ll receive one of these babies as a thank-you.
189 Lafayette St. (between Broome and Grand sts.); jarsbydani.com
Congee at Congee Village
OK, the savory rice porridge may not be the most photogenic dish to post on Instagram (it looks like, well, porridge), but we swear there’s nothing better to warm your bones on a freezing December day.
Two locations in Manhattan; congeevillagerestaurants.com
Cacio e Pepe Fritelle at Lilia
Yep, that’s right: The pasta dish that’s the definition of pure, simple comfort is available in the form of crispy, bite-size fritters that are even more addictive than they sound.
567 Union Ave. (at N. Tenth St.), Brooklyn; 718-576-3095 or lilianewyork.com
Chocolate-Chip-Walnut Cookie at Levain Bakery
Nothing cures the winter blues like the ooey-gooiest cookie money can buy. Better get a couple dark-chocolate-peanut-butter-chip cookies too—just to be safe.
Two locations in Manhattan; levainbakery.com
Cheese on a Stick at Baked Cheese Haus
Crispy. Melty. Mitten removal not required.
Winter Village at Bryant Park, 40th to 42nd sts. (between Fifth and Sixth aves.); wintervillage.org
Hot Pot at Mister Hotpot
It can be tough to rally your squad when temps drop into the 30s. But nothing brings people together like a hands-on feast of every kind of meat and vegetable imaginable. (Bonus: Expect cheesy Christmas decorations galore through the end of the month.)
Two locations in Brooklyn and Queens; misterhotpotnyc.com
DIY S’mores at Olmsted
Wear an extra layer, head to the back patio and toast marshmallows to your heart’s content with a tin of hot coals right at your table. (If sitting indoors is nonnegotiable, the caramel-apple doughnuts make an acceptable substitute.)
659 Vanderbilt Ave. (between Prospect and Park pls.), Brooklyn; 718-552-2610 or olmstednyc.com
Khachapuri at Oda House
Bubbling cheese in a freshly baked bread boat, topped with a barely poached egg. If this isn’t the definition of comfort food, we don’t know what is.
76 Ave. B (at E. Fifth St.); 212-353-3838 or odahouse.com
Ginseng Chicken Soup with Dough Flakes at Arirang
You may be wondering how chicken soup could be worth the trek to Flushing, but trust us: We’d travel to the ends of the earth for the giant portions of crazy-flavorful broth and perfectly chewy, hand-cut “dough flake” noodles.
41-04 163rd St. (at Northern Blvd.), Queens; 718-321-0185
Brunch Mac and Cheese at Murray’s Cheese Bar
We thought there was no way to improve on Murray's superlative mac. Then we put an egg on it.
264 Bleecker St. (between Cornelia and Morton sts.); 646-476-8882 or murrayscheesebar.com