Some might call this genre “comfort food,” but let’s be honest, nobody eats it when they’re comfortable. We stuff our faces with Oreos and Mac ’n Cheese when we’ve been fired, betrayed, or dumped. When our hopes and dreams have been crushed and the only answer is to crush a whole plate of pasta. So buck up everybody, your life might suck but at least pizza exists.
1. Knishes are one of those foods that are a warm meal you can hold in your hands. Traditional fare for Eastern-European Jews, the Knish consists of a filling (like potato, broccoli, ground beef, kasha, or cheese), which is then wrapped in dough and baked, grilled, or fried. The best Knish in the city? Try Yona Schimmel’s, on Houston between 1st and 2nd ave.
2. Pho Bang, on Mott, is an amazing, no nonsense Vietnamese joint. Furthermore, it’s BYOB with no corkage fee–and what better way is there to drown your sorrows than with a big ol’ bottle of Merlot? Pho might not be your first thought when it come’s to comfort food, because it’s on the lighter side, but I promise; bury your face in the steam of this tasty bone broth and you’ll be feeling better in no time.
3. Max is a super affordable, and also extremely delicious, Italian restaurant in Tribeca. Their best dish to get you through the blues? The Fettuccine Al Sugo Toscano; it’s homemade fettuccine with Max’s meat sauce. Go ahead and top that heaping plate with parmesan cheese and pepper and you’ve got all the makings for an incredible date, even if it is by yourself.
Featured photo by Bradley Gordon.