comfort food

2nd Ave Deli

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Overview:

2nd Ave Deli is one of the last hold outs in NYC of truly classic Jewish appetizing shops. It's actually not on Second Avenue anymore, but everything else will be the same. The long standing restaurant might not be as well known as Katz, but honestly this is a much more pleasant dining experience than being assaulted by 300 tourists and the food is fantastic. They specialize in overstuffed sandwiches & other kosher staples done the long, slow way like my Jewish grandmothers made. Sandwiches are stacked with chopped liver, pastrami, grilled salami & corned beef and can easily feed 2-3 people. Other traditional favorites include blintzes, pierogies, kreplach, potato pancakes & matzoh brei. Service is warm and while prices may look initially high keep in mind that portions are massive and meant to be shared. 

Information:

Address:   162 E 33rd St, New York, NY 10016

1442 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10021

Phone:  212-689-9000

Neighborhood: Upper East Side, Kips Bay

Price: $$


 

Pretty Southern

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Overview:

Pretty Southern is a cozy Greenpoint spot form the mind of chef Sam Talbot. The space is small and bright, with a colorful outdoor area complete with a large quirky mural. The menu is all southern comfort food - meaning it's all terrible for you - but done so extremely well that it is genuinely worth every calorie. Talbot has put a modern spin on a laundry list of dishes fit to cure any hangover. There is a grilled pimento cheese & tomato sandwich, flaky biscuits, and some of the greatest skillet mac & cheese ever created. Chicken comes fried or rotisserie style in all sizes. Southern style desserts like banana cream pudding and a full bar round out a visit. For picky eaters out there, you can actually find a good amount of vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free options as well. 

Information:

Address14 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

Phone:  (718) 349-2967

Neighborhood: Greenpoint

Price: $$-$$$


 

Bubby's

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Overview:

Bubby's is a fantastic diner-style concept that started in 1990 as a pie company. They have since expanded to 2 Manhattan locations and several in Japan while remaining a Tribeca institution. The vibe is casual and comfortable with big wooden tables and huge windows. They serve food all day and the space is consistently packed for all meal periods. The food is slightly more sophisticated than your average diner plates but they do all the simple classics extremely well. Their scratch made American menu includes favorites like crispy chicken biscuits, huge market salads, and breakfast all day like fluffy stacked blueberry pancakes, eggs benedict & huevos rancheros. This is comfort food at its finest in a warm space that feels like home. 

Information:

Address120 Hudson St, New York, NY 10013

73 Gansevoort St, New York, NY 10014

Phone  (212) 219-0666

Neighborhood: Tribeca & Meatpacking District

Price: $$-$$$


 

Empire Diner

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Overview:

What's better than a New York City diner? Almost nothing, except when long time NY chef John DeLucie steps in to revamp the menu. The restaurant has changed hands several times over the years but it doesn't seem to have stopped the nearly endless foot traffic of beautiful people crowding the art deco space. The interior has been updated with stainless steel touches, white tile and a vintage bar. You'll find a traditional list of diner menu classics that have been updated beautifully. There are freshly baked pastries and cold pressed juices to start your meal. For all day breakfast there is a brilliant soft scramble eggs cacio peppe dish and smoked salmon pastrami served on potato rosti. The fried chicken is sourdough pretzel crusted and the skillet mac & cheese is served with black diamond cheddar & parmesan bread crumbs. Really, every dish is comforting and delicious. Open daily 8am-1am with a full bar. 

Information:

Address:  210 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Phone: (212) 335-2277

Neighborhood: Chelsea

Price: $$-$$$


 

Blank Slate Coffee + Kitchen

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Overview:

Blank Slate is tucked away in an inconspicuous pocket of Madison Ave but that doesn't seem to stop hoards of people from finding this all day coffee shop. Patrons can grab-n-go with juices and coffee or stay & relax in the space that has 7 tables and several communal seating areas.  The cafe menu is excellent, offering large portions of all day breakfast, sandwiches and salads. Small plates include fun snacks like truffle popcorn, goat cheese dip and deviled eggs. Worth checking out for a lively afternoon of work or breakfast/lunch on the go. They have recently opened a gourmet market next door offering grocery items and a fun list of build your own avocado toast & Black Seed bagels

Information:

Address:  121 Madison Ave #5, New York, NY 10016

Phone:  (212) 683-7800

Neighborhood: Midtown East

Price: $$


 

33 Greenwich  

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Overview:

33 Greenwich joined the restaurant-filled area of the West Village in the Spring of 2017. The roomy space is clad in black-and-silver wallpaper and artwork everywhere you look. Inside the 90 seat venue are multiple distinct rooms including a bar and large patio area for outdoor dining. The southern-leaning menu has tons of options to fill you up and cure those comfort food cravings. I'm talking stick to your ribs fried chicken for two, gouda grits, a meatloaf burger, and a muffaletta board. Portions are large and although I wouldn't go here when I was on a diet, that shouldn't stop anyone. Very tasty neighborhood spot. 

Information:

Address: 33 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10014

Phone:  (646) 609-3615

Neighborhood: West Village

Price: $$$


 

Coppelia  

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Overview:

This 24hr Latin diner has been a late night and early morning NYC staple for years. The laid back, no frills dining room is long and offers tons of table and counter seating. In terms of food there are a ton of choices to cure most cravings. You'll find a huge menu of comfort food classics with a Latin flare (think burgers with pulled pork, mac n' cheese with chicharrons). Breakfast is served all day and you can choose from things like hash with beef short rib & chile de arbol, huevos rancheros and empanadas. Portions are large, ingredients & plating are thoughtful and the price is very reasonable. Full bar is available.

Information:

Address: 207 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011

Phone (212) 858-5001

Neighborhood: Chelsea

Price: $$


 

Fish Cheeks

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Overview

Fish Cheeks is a great Bond St eatery from two chef-brothers out of Thailand. The space is modern and casual with beautifully vibrant colors all around and tons of natural light coming in from the floor to ceiling window out front. The menu is Thai comfort food served mainly family style and meant for sharing. Dishes are contemporary versions of this fiery cuisine with bright presentations. Small plates here are excellent; try the calamari with tamarind & fish sauce glaze, raw shrimp with bird’s eye chili & mint or the super juicy dark meat fried chicken. There are 12 family style entrees so there is a lot to choose from in the way of whole fish and other seafood swimming in complex sauces. I found myself walking away truly excited for having had this meal and anxious to return. 

Information:

Address55 Bond St, New York, NY 10012

Phone (212) 677-2223

Neighborhood: Noho

Price: $$ -$$$


 

Fuku


Overview

David Chang is expanding his empire and multiplying his fast casual concept, Fuku. The restaurant has outposts now in the East Village, Wall Street, MSG and Citi Field. The focus is chicken and there is certainly a fuck ton of it on the menu. Since expanding to Fidi, Chang also expanded his menu of chicken offerings. Items include a massive dark meat spicy fried chicken, sticky-sweet fuku fingers and a chicken dip with cucumbers & fiery sauce. The star is the amazing Chimek feast served with a whole fried chicken (1/2 habanero, 1/2 sweet & spicy), fries, pickled daikon, pickle chips, kimchi, all the sauces. Everything is super crave worthy, gluttonous and worth every calorie. 

Information:

Address  163 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10003

110 Wall St, New York, NY 10005

Neighborhood: East Village, Financial District 

Website: https://eatfuku.com/

Price: $


 

The Cannibal Liquor House  


Overview

Cannibal Liquor House is a bar by the Cannibal team, located next door to the original restaurant. The atmosphere is casual & dark, with a large bar and plenty of seating. As the name would suggest, they offer an array of cocktails and an impressive menu of bar bites. The offerings are meat heavy but there is a surprising range of vegetable friendly dishes. There are tons of snacks to graze on like house made chips, everything pretzels, and onion rings all done very well. If you'd like something more substantial burrata, clams, and even octopus are available. The star is the sandwiches, most exciting of which is the towering fried green tomato "burger" that comes piled high with two patties, bacon, smoked aioli and goat cheese. It's a fun place for casual evening or happy hour specials. 

Information:

Address 111 E 29th St, New York, NY 10016

Phone:  (212) 685-5585

Neighborhood: Nomad

Website: http://thecanniballiquorhouse.com/

Price: $$-$$$


 

Egg Shop Brooklyn


Overview

Breakfast lovers rejoice- the palace of eggs has opened a Brooklyn outpost of their original concept. This particular location is easily 3x the size of the original, which at times can be uncomfortably cramped. Don't anticipate that making it any easier to get in, but it is worth the wait for some breakfast comfort food served all day. As the name would suggest, the menu focuses on everything egg. You'll find creative sandwiches the best of which are a massive fried chicken sandwich and an everything seasoning biscuit with smoked salmon, dill & horseradish cream. Much of the popular items have carried over from the original menu but Brooklyn-only items include a breakfast burrito with french fries and BEC tacos. 

Information:

Address  138 N 8th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Phone:    (646) 787-7502

Neighborhood: Williamsburg  

Website: https://www.eggshopnyc.com/

Price: $$


 

375° Thrice Cooked Fries


Overview 

I mean...this is a tiny storefront in the Lower East Side dedicated to only french fries. If that doesn't get your gears moving then you probably have no soul. Thrice cooked fries refers to a unique process to cooking the fries which includes boiling them once and frying them twice. The result is crunchy, salty, thick cut heaven. You can choose from 11 different dips like green pineapple curry, jalapeno-cilantro ranch, chipotle-tomatillo ketchup and truffle mayo. They also come loaded in a variety of styles like nacho, kimchi, bahn mi and poutine. Additionally you'll find specials like an excellent version of fish n' chips. Whatever you choose to order, it will be comfort food heaven. Keep them in mind for late night drunk eats, open until 2am during the week and 4am on weekends. 

Information

Address:   124 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002

Phone:      (646) 682-7578

Neighborhood: Lower East Side

Website: http://www.375fries.com/

Price: $


 

Delicatessen


Overview

Delicatessen is an ultra modern diner serving breakfast, lunch & dinner 7 days/week. Due to its prime location on the corner of Prince & Lafayette you'll find the space consistently mobbed with both beautiful people and families. The menu reads like a who's who of gluttonous delights. There are some fun takes on comfort food in the apps section like cheeseburger spring rolls and truffle spinach dip. They offer all day breakfast as any self respecting diner should. The star of the show is the entire section of the menu dedicated to macaroni & cheese. There are 9 carb & joy packed varieties like cheeseburger mac, chipotle, and lobster. This is not in line with your diet, but fuck it - yolo. 

 Information

Address:    54 Prince St, New York, NY 10012

Phone:      (212) 226-0211

Neighborhood: Nolita

Website: http://www.delicatessennyc.com/

Price: $$

Good for: groups, kids, birthdays, takeout, comfort food, all day dining, outdoor dining


 

Bounce Sporting Club


Overview

Truthfully I had never been here sober before. I have spent several long late nights drinking at Bounce, so I decided to check it out as a sober person in the day time. It has everything you want from a sports bar. Lots of tv's, wide open space, hot waitresses wearing next to nothing. If that isn't your thing, try the life size Connect Four and Jenga games. The food is craveable bar food. All the major players are represented- pigs in a blanket, mac n' cheese bites, wings, and nachos.  If you are looking for something more substantial check out the burger or flatbread. The space is large so it is great for groups or meeting guys in suits just getting off of work (which is really my only real priority). 

Information:

Address  55 W 21st St, New York, NY 10010

Phone:  (212) 675-8007

Neighborhood: Flatiron

Website:  http://bounceny.com/

Price: $$

Good for: groups, happy hour, bar scene, bar food, sports 


 

Harlem Shake


Overview

Holy fucking comfort food! This place is like my fat kid dreams come true. Harlem Shake has two locations open for breakfast, lunch & dinner. The interior is modeled after 1950's casual soda shops but luckily they have beer & wine as well. The menu reads like a novel of food that will cure any craving or hangover. There is a huge list of vastly different sandwiches from juicy fried chicken, to loaded hot dogs, and battered fried fish. The burgers are a special Pat LaFrieda meat blend and seared off perfectly. My favorites were the patty melts & grilled cheese which are stuffed with enough cheese to clog your heart for a month. All gluttony aside, the food is done extremely well and there wasn't one dish I wouldn't happily shove in my face again. Don't forget to grab a shake. 

Information:

Address  

100 W 124th St, New York, NY 10027

2162 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10029

Phone:  (212) 222-8300

Neighborhood: Harlem

Website:  https://www.harlemshakenyc.com/

Price: $$

Good for: burgers, sandwiches, comfort food 


 

Sons of Essex


Overview

My world will never tire of Lower East Side bars with a dope playlist and good cocktails. To find the entrance of SoA you will walk through an unassuming coffee shop which hides a massive bar space. I'd describe the interior os prohibition-era hip - ie tons of reclaimed wood and leather bound books. Once inside there will be hoards of girls in the club-esque space swaying to 90's hip hop. The menu is shockingly good for a place that I didn't realize served food (I'm drunk a lot, so sue me). They offer a good mix of super craveable comfort food like short rib tacos, chicken pot pie, and a juicy burger. Their truffle mac & cheese is like crack; I'd stab someone with a fork if they tried to take it from me. 

Information:

Address  133 Essex St, New York, NY 10002

Phone:   212-674-7100

Neighborhood: Lower East Side    

Website : http://sonsofessexnyc.com/

Price: $$

Good for: bar scene, brunch , groups, birthdays, music 


 

Clancey

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Overview:

Fresh takes on American comfort foods 

Information:

Address: 79 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

Phone: (917) 388-3575

Neighborhood: Lower East Side

Website: https://clanceynyc.com/

Price: $$