When hearty, and heart-warming, fare is on the brain, there’s nothing like indulging at one of Luxury Attaché’s comfort food favorites to get that perfectly rich fix.
With so much happening in the Manhattan dining scene, luring diners to Harlem is no easy feat. With Marcus Samuelsson running the show, however, this is a game changer to be sure. Offering up soul food standouts like fried green tomatoes and shrimp and grits alongside more modern takes on down-home favorites such as lip-smacking chili-soy glazed wings and an undeniably well-seasoned griddled salmon gazpacho, Samuelsson has people running. The underground jazzed-up supperclub and the fun retro-meets-uptown vibe make this a standout favorite.
The Spotted Pig
April Bloomfield is a comfort food force to be reckoned with, helming such staples as the Breslin and this West Village gem. Elite sets of foodies and celebs alike come here in droves to indulge on rocquefort smothered char-grilled burgers and Bloomfield’s iconic, sweet-meets-succulent Devils on Horseback. Doors are open until well into the wee hours of the night making this highly lauded joint one worth a repeat visit. Or ten.
What can’t Michael White do? In a whirlwind of NYC restaurant openings this year alone, this newly opened comfort food stunner is an out and out winner. Combining a homey diner feel with a superior level of service and an award-winning beverage program, dishes like their namesake Patty Melt and hearty, golden-brown buttermilk fried chicken take comfort food to a whole new level. And don’t even think about skipping out before dessert--the warm blondies topped with butter-pecan house-made ice cream and salted caramel are positively swoon-worthy. Well done, Chef White, well done.
Blue Ribbon Brasserie
A veritable empire to be sure, the Blue Ribbon family of restaurants has got the New York dining scene locked up. With sushi, bakery and wine spots on the books and a newly opened fried chicken joining the ranks, Blue Ribbon Brasserie is a beacon of comfort fare, and is luxurious as it gets. Divine plates of deeply flavored oxtail broth and unctuous morsels of bone marrow play well alongside refined preparations of oysters and duck breast with comforting turnip puree.
It’s comfort food, by way of Japan. A cult classic to be sure, Ippudo has hungry masses young and old lining up, for upwards of four hours at times, to sink their chopsticks into a deep bowl of warm, luscious ramen. Brimming with everything from bamboo shoots to authentic, spicy paste to soft boiled eggs, to what might as well be the most tender pieces of pork belly or loin--ever--there’s absolutely nothing like it. Once the craving for ramen hits, with as much force as any real hankering for comfort food, it’s impossible not to come here. (An added bonus for ramen-lovers? They’ve finally opened a second location uptown.)