If your idea of winter-cozy is a red-checked tablecloth, straw-wrapped Chianti bottle, and big plate of red-sauced pasta, F & J Pine Tavern (1913 Bronxdale Avenue, Bronx, 718-792-5956) might be your sort of thing. The Calabrian fare often has a touch of chile heat to it, too, and anything involving clams, eggplant, or baked pasta is highly recommended. If a flickering pizza oven is an able substitute for a fireplace, check out Testaccio (47-30 Vernon Boulevard, Queens, 718-937-2900), a modern Roman trattoria in Long Island City. Not only are the pizzas above par, the list of Roman comfort foods runs to tripe with mint, oxtail stew, and the spinach and egg-drop soup called strachiatella.

Finally, nothing warms you up faster after spending time outside than do-it-yourself barbecue at one of New York’s Korean restaurants. My favorite, because they feed the grill with real charcoal, is Kom Tang Soot Bul Kal Bi (32 West 32nd Street, 212-947-8482) in Manhattan’s Koreatown. Tender marinated rib is a favorite, but if you want lots of fat, pick pork belly, which is rendered in front of your eyes into rich crusty morsels. Warming yourself with chilies is also an easy proposition—just get one of the kimchee-laced pancakes.

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Location Info


A Casa Fox

173 Orchard St.
New York, NY 10002

Category: Restaurant > Mexican

Region: Lower East Side

St. Andrews

140 W. 46th St.
New York, NY 10036

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: West 40s


150 W. 10th St.
New York, NY 10014

Category: Restaurant > Gastro Pub

Region: West Village

Jackson Diner

37-47 74th St.
Flushing, NY 11372

Category: Restaurant > Indian

Region: Jackson Heights

O Lavrador

138-40 101 Ave.
Jamaica, NY 11435

Category: Restaurant > Portuguese

Region: Jamaica

Keens Steakhouse

72 W. 36th St.
New York, NY 10018

Category: Restaurant > Steakhouse

Region: Garment District


501 11th St.
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Park Slope


501 11th St.
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Park Slope

F & J Pine Restaurant

1913 Bronxdale Ave.
Bronx, NY 10462

Category: Restaurant > Italian

Region: Bronx


47-30 Vernon Blvd.
Long Island City, NY 11101

Category: Restaurant > Italian

Region: Long Island City

Kom Tang Soot Bul House

32 W. 32nd St.
New York, NY 10001

Category: Restaurant > Korean

Region: Chelsea


There’s something about a hearty meal in cozy surroundings that makes winter seem entirely endurable—so put your galoshes back on, and plunge back into the blizzard.

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