Nothing tempts comfort food cravings quite like the cold weather of winter. Here are our favorite spots to tuck into cozy foods here in the city:
With locations in Tribeca (Manhattan) and Japan, Bubby's offers a tasty menu featuring American comfort food. Bubby's is well known for their southern homemade cooking. Bubby's offers mouth-watering burgers, meatloaf and amazing "from scratch" pies. One look at their pie selection and you indeed will want a slice. They're also known for their "mid-night brunch" which features nachos, warm hand-cut potato chips and scrumptious fried chicken (you had us at the words "midnight brunch.") A rumored favorite of the late JFK Jr and Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy - Bubby's is a comfort food must.
www.bubbys.com 120 Hudson Street, New York, NY
Open 24/7 in Chelsea this sleek restaurant serves a macaroni and cheese dish that's moist, crisp and gooey simultaneously. Chic city dwellers, celebs and trendy/casual types can be found there after a night on the town. The crispy truffle fries are also a great way to soothe your soul should you have a midnight munchies craving. The "Mac Attack" which comes with 3 kinds of macaroni and cheese: cheddar & fontina, truffle, and smoked gouda with bacon absolutely screams comfort food. The service is attentive and the staff is friendly. As an added note: you can even get breakfast at night here.
www.cafeteriagroup.com 119 7th Avenue, New York, NY
With two convenient East side and West side locations in Manhattan, Shorty's is known for their "authentic" cheese-steaks. The debate continues on as to what actually makes a cheese steak "authentic." So, Shorty's gets their bread (used for the cheese-steaks) shipped in from Philadelphia! Talk about being "true" to your love of food! The famous Shorty's cheese steak makes the perfect comforting snack, with tender meat, cheese and the 19 beers on tap will knock your taste-buds off.
www.shortysnyc.com 66 Madison Avenue Btwn 27th and 28th St., 576 9th Ave, Btwn 41st and 42nd St., New York, NY
This East Village gem will certainly satisfy your craving with their exceedingly thin and crisp pizza from a coal-burning oven. Coal-burning ovens are hot commodities for pizza-pie makers. The only way to get one is to inherit it and is what Charles LoPresto has done at Luzzo’s. The laid back/cozy atmosphere is the perfect place to kick-back and enjoy a phenomenal pie. The service is really friendly here! The pie literally melts in your mouth! Try the Ortolana pizza made with tomato sauce, mozzarella, mushrooms, zucchini, eggplant and basil!
www.luzzospizza.com 211-213 First Ave., New York, NY
This Flatiron favorite offers a late night menu which boasts tasty Barbecue Chicken Wings with Buttermilk Ranch on the side. They are also known for their "All you can eat Monday's" for those who need to drown their work-week doldrums in some good old Southern cooking! The campfire baked beans are a crowd favorite, along with moist brisket and cool tunes. The atmosphere of the place almost makes you forget you're in Manhattan as you're surrounded by all of the wood in a cabin-like atmosphere.
www.hillcountryny.com 30 West 26th Street, New York, NY