With these subfreezing temps upon us, hot meals matter. One place to get your internal warmth in yummy fashion is ChoCho’s, the Korean eatery with its boiling crocks of soondubu tofu soup into which you drop a raw egg and let cook – like your own Sterno stove to warm your hands over.
The specialty at Vinal Bakery in Union Square is English muffins by founder Sarah Murphy – moister, spongier and more pleasing to the bite than the typical, and piled with eggs, cheese and other toppings that will satisfy any lover of good, rib-sticking breakfast sandwiches.
A visit to the Longfellow Bar is an intimate affair with a drink list that is ever-evolving and a short, small-plate menu with spins on familiar victuals. The Crab Rangoon “Nachos,” a change-up surprise, but my favorites are hickory-smoked wing flats that take almost two days to prepare.
If you miss the Windsor Tap and B-Side Lounge, Lord Hobo is a worthy replacement with a cozy, gin joint vibe and a small yet eclectic food menu. El Salvadorian pupusas are super satisfying comfort food and the lobster rolls are heaped high and served with a zesty citrus aioli.