There’s nothing that says “home cooking” better than a plate of meatloaf. Whether you despised or adored your mother’s version of this hearty meat-centric dish as a kid, meatloaf is an American tradition that will keep you warm and toasty when dining out this winter. Stop by these restaurants during the colder months for the best plates of meatloaf in New York City. By Sarah Shaker.
“Not Your Mother's” Meatloaf, Highpoint Bistro & Bar
Served with truffle mac-n-cheese, baby carrots and green beans, the meatloaf at Highpoint is far from traditional. Rather than being served as a slab, this meatloaf is rolled into a giant meatball and slathered in sauce. The creamy macaroni, alongside the lighter vegetables makes for a balanced, enjoyable dish at this Chelsea bistro and bar.
Duck Meatloaf, Buttermilk Channel
Known for their upscale comfort food, this Carroll Gardens restaurant offers a popular Duck Meatloaf with celery root, creamed spinach, a large crisp onion ring and star anise duck jus. You only wish your mother made meatloaf this trendy (and delicious).
O’Polpettone “E Mamma”, Max Restaurant
East Villagers flock to Max for their homemade beef lasagna with a creamy béchamel, but you also shouldn’t miss the O’Polpettone “E Mamma” – Mom’s meatloaf with potato pancetta gratin. This comfort food plate of meatloaf will keep you warm (and full) when you’re not in the mood for pasta at this popular Italian restaurant.
Turkey Meatloaf, Kitchenette
Kitchenette’s Specialty is the Turkey Meatloaf served with mashed potatoes and gravy. It doesn’t get heartier than a heaping pile of buttery mashed potatoes and flavorful gravy alongside this classic American comfort food. This kid-friendly restaurant is perfect for families to enjoy a warm meal this winter.
The Meatloaf, Cafeteria
Served with garlic mashed potatoes, sautéed green beans and oven roasted tomato relish, The Meatloaf at Cafeteria in Chelsea will take you back to dinner at the kitchen table with your family, with a contemporary twist. When you’re in the need for a warm meal that will fill your belly like only your mama could, Cafeteria should be at the top of your list for their meatloaf and popular macaroni and cheese options this season.
Sarah Shaker is the founder of the blog Bright Lights, My City.