We could all use some comfort right about now. That brisk fall chill along with a devastating hurricane and low-blow nor’easter have had us hankering for delicious foods that make us feel warm and fuzzy inside, from expertly sauced mac and cheese to stomach-stuffing stews that tell us all is right in the world (yes, you have permission to hibernate with a very long nap).
Well, the city’s restaurants — many of them rebounding from a week without power or customers — are more than happy to oblige. So, we've rounded up 24 (yes, 24!) of the best stuff-your-face, feels-like-home-again plates that will soothe the soul (and fill the tummy). Click through for the choice comfort-food dishes in NYC — sorry carb-counters, you may just want to look the other way.
In a totally unscientific survey of a few of our closest friends and pets, macaroni and cheese was named the best comfort food, ever. If you don’t agree, you’re probably an alien, but that’s OK.
Bacon and Scallion Mac and Cheese at Queens Comfort
The various incarnations of mac at this Astoria favorite include a classic version, bacon-scallion, and spicy deep-fried mac nuggets.
Queens Comfort, 4009 30th Avenue (between Newtown Road and 41st Street); 718-728-2350.
Macaroni Gratin at Artisanal
In case you can’t smell the cave when you walk in, trust us when we tell you that this place knows cheese. Artisanal’s gratin is classic bistro fare, but designed for two so you can share it with a beau — or potential one.
Artisanal Bistro, 2 Park Avenue (between East 32nd and East 33rd streets); 212- 725-8585.
Four Cheese at S'MAC
Owner Sarita Ekya (the “S” in S’MAC) began with a comfort food dream and expanded into a single-serving spot with an extensive mac menu, including the four-cheese (our fave), spicy masala, and even vegan options.
S'MAC, 345 East 12th Street (between 1st and 2nd avenues); 212-358-7912.
Mac n' Cheese at Murray's Cheese Bar
Murray’s is famed for its stinky shop in the Village, and earlier this year its Cheese Bar opened serving this awesome mac, with cheddar, cave-aged gruyere, and buffalo mozz, topped with Tasso ham and an onion ring.
Murray's Cheese, 264 Bleecker Street (between Morton and Leroy streets); 646-476-8882.
Photo: Courtesy of Queens Comfort
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