There’s nothing better than a heaping plate of chicken and waffles, unless said chicken and waffles is prepared by Marcus Samuelsson himself. Check out our fave five comfort food haunts in NYC.
Ah, Bubby's. The late night answer to comfort food cravings. As the pioneer of NYC's midnight brunch movement (we wish that was really a thing), Bubby's slings honest-to-goodness comfort food at all hours of the day - and night. While the early birds feast on fried chicken and homemade pies galore, late night breakfasters gather at the TriBeCa outpost from 11pm to 7am for traditional baked-from-scratch family recipes, market fresh ingredients, and fresh fare from local purveyors. Also, bacon. At midnight.
120 Hudson Street at North Moore Street (TriBeCa)/71 Gansevoort Street between Greenwich and Washington Streets (High Line)
2 Root & Bone
Small town USA meets Alphabet City in the latest from Top Chef dream team Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth. Root & Bone’s honest Southern fare, an ode to the timelessness of rural American traditions, marries farm-fresh ingredients and thoughtful culinary technique designed to nurture the soul. Both McInnis and Booth showcase their passion and talent in downtown’s new soulful sweetheart, serving up inventive yet simple dishes for dinner and brunch with takeout and bar bites available all day, every day. Between the smorgasbord of furniture with industrial accents, old-school design details, and platings almost too pretty to touch, Root & Bone is both a visual and epicurean experience worth checking out.
200 East 3rd Street between Avenues A and B
3 Red Rooster
With so much happening in the Manhattan dining scene, luring diners to Harlem is no easy feat. Unless it involves Marcus Samuelsson, of course. Soul food classics like fried green tomatoes and shrimp and grits alongside modern standouts like a lip-smacking chili-soy glazed wings draw northbound crowds aplenty. The underground jazzed-up supper club and retro-meets-uptown vibe don't hurt either.
310 Lenox Avenue between Dr. Martin Luther Kind Boulevard and East 126th Street
4 Sweet Chick
Sweet Chick's original Brooklyn location made waves with an interesting take on comfort food: rustic yet modern American fare with a Southern accent, as they say. The tattooed, flannel garbed crew behind Sweet Chick recently brought the flavor to Manhattan with a second location on the Lower East Side, much to the delight of downtown foodies. Q: What's better than jerky fries? A: jerky fries served until 2am. Enough said.
178 Ludlow Street between Stanton and East Houston Streets
5 The Spotted Pig
April Bloomfield is a comfort food force to be reckoned with, sharpening her knives at neighborhood favorites like The Breslin and this West Village gem. Elite foodies, celebs, and longtime fans alike come in droves to indulge in Roquefort-smothered char-grilled burgers and Bloomfield’s iconic, sweet-meets-succulent Devils on Horseback. Doors are open until well into the wee hours, making this highly lauded joint one worth a repeat visit. Or ten.
314 West 11th Street at Greenwich Street