When the weather gets chilly, there’s nothing better than a cozy, satisfying dish to keep the cold at bay. Here are some tried-and-true favorites to get you through the brisk days ahead.
Bison Bolognese (The Abbey in Cambridge, MA)
This take on the classic Italian dish is the perfect way to fill up and stay warm on frigid New England evenings. Rich and flavorful bolognese sauce with tender ground bison meat is served on a bed of fresh linguine and topped with fresh pecorino Romano cheese. The Abbey also has a fantastic cocktail menu that usually includes a hot option or two.
Clam Chowder or Lobster Bisque (The Lobster Place in New York, NY)
Sure, you can find these creamy soups at any number of places in the Northeast, but you’re in for a treat if you order one of these in a bread bowl.
Philly Cheesesteak (Pat’s or Geno’s in Philadelphia, PA)
Meat, cheese, onions, and peppers—all the ingredients for a warm and delicious lunch or dinner. While the age-old rivalry between Pat’s and Geno’s rages on, you can’t go wrong with either one. Just make sure to follow the proper ordering etiquette: a cheesesteak “wit” means you want onions, and “witout” means you don’t.
French Onion Soup (La Bonne in New York, NY)
Simple and delicious, a comforting bowl of french onion soup is the perfect winter warmer. La Bonne in Manhattan serves up some of the best around. You can also get a number of other delicious meals, including moules and steak frites, parmesan-crusted chicken, and crepes filled with French ham, mushrooms, bechamel sauce, and swiss cheese.
Spaghetti and Meatballs (Maroni’s in Northport, NY)
To get a sense of how good the meatballs are here, celebrity chef Bobby Flay once went up against restaurant owner Mike Maroni and lost. They’re packed with pecorino Romano and garlic, then braised for an hour in tomato sauce, and served over thick bucatini pasta.