Winter is coming, and that means comfort food cravings are going to take over. Here are our favorite places in NYC where you can get foodie favorites like fried chicken and biscuits, mac & cheese, piping hot ramen and more. By Carly Petrone/Yvo Sin
Pasta on Demand by Chef Michael White
Now you don’t have to leave your apartment to enjoy a delicious piping hot bowl of pasta from Ristorante Morini. Michelin star-rated chef Michael White of Altamarea Group has teamed up with UberEATS to bring Pasta on Demand straight to your door. Savor each bite of curated dishes that range from Creste (squid ink pasta, shrimp & calamari ragu, breadcrumbs) and Gnocchetti (roasted butternut squash, kale pesto, pine nuts) to Agnolotti (piemontese veal ravioli with brown butter and sage) and a simple Rigatoni with Pomodoro and basil. And don’t forget dessert! Their tiramisu is an excellent choice, but the Bomboloni with apple butter and vanilla anglaise are an easy shareable favorite. The best part? Pastas, salads, and desserts are all under $20 and delivery is available until 9:30 p.m. all the way up to 135th Street. It doesn’t get much better than that. Learn more here.
120 Church St.
Schnippers is going to help you get through the upcoming colder winter months. Warm up with some of their delectable comfort food, like their crispy chicken sandwich or bacon cheeseburger. If you’re looking for something with a kick try their Mac & Joe, which is Jonathan and Andrew Schnippers’ family recipe. This cozy meal is made up of half mac and cheese and half Sloppy Joe. You can always go the hot dog route and try out a simple grilled dog with sauerkraut, or a spicy green chile cheese dog with cheddar, roasted poblanos, and pico di gallo. Get your meal delivered from one of their four locations, or try out their newest location in Tribeca.
LaRina Pastificio & Vino
387 Myrtle Ave.
The menu over at LaRina Pastificio & Vino in Brooklyn is filled with comforting foodie options. Stop in for lunch and nosh on Smoked Spaghetti Carbonara, Fried Chicken Cotoletta, Deviled Burrata, or Tagliatelle in Brodo. Chef Silvia Barban’s dinner menu also doesn’t disappoint. Dive into the Braised Beef Cheek, with red wine reduction nestled in soft polenta, or opt for a vegetarian dish like the Cocoa-Infused Tagliatelle with walnut pesto and fresh porcini mushrooms. Sip on a selection of artisanal vermouths and amaros from Italy or enjoy a glass of wine made from lesser known indigenous Italian grapes. Guests can even stop by the retail counter on their way out to buy fresh pasta and Italian specialty food products.
900 Amsterdam Ave.
Beer. Biscuits. Pickles. That’s the motto over at Jacob’s Pickles in the Upper West Side. Stop in for brunch or dinner and try out their Southern-inspired menu that ranges from biscuit sandwiches with cheese grits to straight-up home cooking favorites, like mushroom mac & cheese and beer and bacon mussels. Of course, you’ve got to try their extensive pickle menu. Test out the hot sour cukes, dilly green beans, or thyme jalapenos. They even serve pickled eggs in a spicy jalapeno brine. But the fact that there is poutine on the menu makes this the ultimate comfort food destination. Enjoy a plate of fries that are smothered in brown gravy, cheese, and hollandaise sauce. Yum.
152 W. 49th St.
Nothing beats the cold weather blues like a hot bowl of ramen. Stop in for a quick bite at Sapporo in midtown and warm up with some ramen and a side of gyoza for under $20. Local favorites include the Sapporo Miso, which includes pork chashu, minced pork, sweet corn, scallion, Nira leek, and bean sprout in a fermented soy bean-flavored organic chicken stock. If you want something with a kick, try the spicy miso version, that’s made with an additional fresh Thai chili. Wash it all down with a bottle of sake or glass of Asahi and gear up for the rest of your day.
Pies & Thighs
66 S 4th St.
No matter what’s got you craving comfort, fried chicken fits the bill. Pies & Thighs‘ version is surprisingly un-greasy, crisp on the outside and super tender on the inside, each bite of a drumstick giving you just the right ratio of crunchy skin to juicy meat. The chicken biscuit makes eating a little easier, sandwiching a perfectly fried chicken breast cutlet in a fluffy biscuit, covered in hot sauce and honeyed butter… delicious. Feel comforted in no time.
OTTO Enoteca e Pizzeria
1 5th Ave
New York, NY
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Perhaps a little more upscale than what brings ‘comfort food’ to mind, but OTTO is no joke when it comes to perfectly cooked al dente pasta – with reasonable prices. The pizzas are fantastic as well.
45 E 12th St.
New York, NY
Pasta covered in cheese sauce? Yes please! When it comes to add-ins, S’mac has you covered, with a full list of choices in categories like herbs, veggies, condiments, meats, poultry and fish. Indulge, but most of all, enjoy, because what gives you grief is soon to flee in the face of this cheese monster.
Bubby’s Pie Company
Bubby’s Pie Company has pies that are famed nationwide, with people ordering them from all over to enjoy. Lucky for you, you can just go to the restaurant itself, at either of their two Manhattan locations, to give into the temptation of their pies.
277 E 10th St.
New York, NY
Sometimes all that will cure what ails ya is a good, meaty, juicy burger. Brindle Room has that in spades; the burgers have an intense crust that with each bite will remind you of how juicy and how perfectly cooked they are.