The best part about a good old-fashioned snowstorm in NYC is the peaceful quiet that descends over the streets, like someone pressing the pause button on the cacophonous mechanical pulse of the city. For most city dwellers, sitting in front of a cozy fire at home is out of the question, and so is the likelihood of cooking up a multi-course feast.
Baby, it’s cold outside, but for some of us it’s the best time to eat and drink on the town — the absence of crowds at bars and restaurants is a beautiful thing. Here are some snow-day specials to help keep you warm and well-fed:
Faro (436 Jefferson Street, Brooklyn; 718-381-8201)
Faro is introducing its first baked pasta dish to the menu, just in time for the blizzard; homemade fazzoletti (handkerchief) pasta filled with cauliflower cream ($14), finished in the wood-fired oven.
The Meatball Shop (various locations)
On Saturday and Sunday, all locations of this popular local chain will be offering deals on mini chicken buffalo meatballs ($4), a Warm and Cozy cocktail made with applejack, cider and cinnamon ($5) and $2 PBRs and Jello shots.
5th and Mad (7 East 36th Street; 212-725-2353)
Watch weather updates on one of this gastropub’s 18 televisions. To sweeten the deal, get a free shot of Jim Beam Fire for every inch of snow accumulation that Jonas brings our way.
Virgil’s Real Barbecue (152 West 44th Street; 212-921-9494)
Virgil’s is celebrating the storm on Saturday and Sunday with an all-day happy hour, including $4 pints and $12 pitchers of Budweiser and Bud Light, along with $5 pints and $15 pitchers of Goose Island. At the bar, both Virgil’s Trainwreck fries and barbecue nachos are available for half price.
Aunt Jake’s (151 Mulberry Street; 646-858-0470)
This counter-service eatery recently opened its doors, and to celebrate the launch of their Italian-centric, made-to-order delivery menu, Aunt Jake’s is giving away free orders of bomboloni — ricotta doughnuts with caramel dipping sauce — with every delivery purchase exceeding $20.
Fung Tu (22 Orchard Street; 212-219-8785)
The LES seasonal American-Chinese restaurant will serve a $15 bar special (which includes a can of Genesse beer) on Saturday; choose from fried rice with Brussels sprouts, spinach, scrambled eggs and pickled mustard seed or Noodles and Soup, a new ramen-like dish. Lion’s Head meatballs ($3) or soy egg ($2) are optional add-ons.
Timna (109 St. Mark’s Place; 646-964-5181)
The East Village mod-Mediterranean spot will serve a hot cocktail and dessert pairing on Saturday for $12. The Dolce and Kubaneh features a warm mini-bread stuffed with vanilla cream, spices and white chocolate, topped with honey-sage ice cream and tonka bean foam. To drink, diners can choose a Hot Marxist (apple-cinnamon infused vermouth, Byrrh, muddled blood orange) or warm tzimmes punch (carrot-cardamom syrup, aged port, candied carrots).