Lunch Break: Rain, Rain, Go Away
This much rain is enough to make anyone sad. Stave off the blues by indulging in ultimate comfort foods: hearty soups, sandwiches and pastas, and dishes like your grandmother used to make back on the farm. By Yvo Sin.
House of Sandwich
17 Ann Street
New York, NY 10038
A small, unassuming storefront, it’s all too easy to keep walking past House of Sandwich (aka Pomodoro Sandwich House; the signs out front are a little unclear) without ever feeling compelled to step inside. You might think it’s just like any other sandwich shop in the area, but that would be doing House of Sandwich a great disservice. Aside from excellent, made-to-order sandwiches, they offer housemade soups that change daily, and pasta dishes to sate the hungriest of folks- all for about $10. Any of their sandwiches can be had as a ‘half’ – with a bag of chips, or a bowl of soup (choose from small or large) – making your lunch infinitely customizable. Try all the combinations!
120 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10013
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Bubby’s is not for those faint of heart who want things easy on the fat or salt; everything here is made the right way, with the emphasis on flavor and not low sodium or low fat. Comfort food at its finest, order from an extensive menu of perennial favorites like alphabet chicken soup to ward off that cold you think you’re getting from arriving at work every day this week so far soaking wet, or a big bowl of mac & cheese… or even, if you dare, the bacon wrapped meatloaf (pictured with onion rings). Sure to warm you to your very toes, and perhaps send your cholesterol skyrocketing… but so worth it.
Andy’s Seafood Grill
95-26 Queens Blvd.
Rego Park, NY 11374
Andy’s claim to fame is being one of, if not THE, only Taiwanese restaurant in this part of Queens. But Andy doesn’t let that go to his head and just slack off; you’ll find here solid Taiwanese dishes like the ‘gua bao’ or Taiwanese hamburger that has been so touted of late. Beyond that, though, the Szechuan dumplings in chili oil are a great start, but if you’re looking to fend off the unseasonable cold, get the beef noodle soup (pictured). The heat – temperature-wise – will warm you to the bones, while the heat – spice-wise – will clear your sinuses and set your face aflame in the most wonderful way. Not feeling noodles? Try the pork chop over rice, another great classic that will fill you up for around $7.
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Yvo Sin is the founder and head writer of The Feisty Foodie.