Best comfort foods
Indulge in soothing dishes.
Mon Feb 15 2010
Braised turkey leg sandwich at Henry Public
Composed of moist meat shredded and piled on slabs of toast, this is like Thanksgiving without the family, travel and prep. 329 Henry St between Atlantic and Pacific Sts, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn (718-852-8630). $12.
Chocolate malts at Eddie's Sweet Shop
There's no faster way to travel back in time than to have a malted in this retro space, where the pace and the pastel Mixmaster haven't changed in decades. For maximum sweetness, opt for the creamy vanilla scoops blended with homemade chocolate syrup and malt powder. 105-29 Metropolitan Ave between 72nd Ave and 72nd Rd, Forest Hills, Queens (718-520-8514). $5.
Double cheeseburger at Five Guys Burgers and Fries
This place offers one of the best grease-down-your-chin double-cheeseburger deals in town, plus hand-cut fries, free soda refills and peanuts. Various locations throughout the city; visit fiveguys.com for more info. $6.95.
Egg sandwich at Bark Hot Dogs
The bacon--slow-cooked-egg--and-cheese breakfast treat at this fancy hot-dog joint—featuring Nueskie's pork and Grafton cheddar on a artisanal English muffin—is the foodie's version of a McMuffin. 474 Bergen St between Flatbush and Fifth Aves, Park Slope, Brooklyn (718-789-1939, barkhotdogs.com). $4.75.
Grilled cheese at 'wichcraft
Layered with Gruyre and caramelized onions on rye, this is the sandwich version of an Alsatian tart. Various locations throughout the city; visit wichcraftnyc.com for more info. $5.95.
Housemade tortillas and guac at Fonda
The ultimate meal-spoiling appetizer: freshly mixed, super-creamy guacamole, made to order at chef Roberto Santibaez's new Mexican spot. 434 Seventh Ave between 14th and 15th Sts, Park Slope, Brooklyn (718-369-3144, fondarestaurant.com). $10.
Warm chocolate cake at Gotham Bar and Grill
Purportedly the inventor of molten chocolate cake, Gotham bakes what is arguably the oozy best, topped with seasonally changing ice creams like espresso (served at lunch) and cashew crunch (served at dinner). 12 E 12th St between Fifth Ave and University Pl (212-620-4020, gothambarandgrill.com). $13.
Noodles at Tasty Hand-Pulled Noodles Inc.
If the steaming, slurpable bowl of noodles topped with crispy roasted duck and fresh herbs doesn't calm you, watching the cooks pull and form the dough by hand will. 1 Doyers St between Chatham Sq and Pell St (212-791-1817). $5.50.
Tortellini pasticciati con prosciutto at Alto
Chef Michael White's pastas are in high demand at Marea, but this dish, meaty dumplings topped with a creamy tomato sauce and crispy pork, at the elegant Alto is just as good. 11 E 53rd St between Fifth and Madison Aves (212-308-1099, altorestaurant.com). $15 as a first course, $25 as an entre.
Zwei Wuerste at Lederhosen
The Germans know how to let go: With this platter of two fat wursts, fried potatoes, red cabbage, sauerkraut and mustard—and a $7 stein of Dinkelacker Pils, naturally. 39 Grove St between Bedford and Bleecker Sts (212-206-7691, lederhosennyc.com). $15.
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