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28 NYC Foods That Taste Even Better In The Winter

Because January–March are the cheapest months to visit NYC.

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1. Bomboloni at Sullivan Street Bakery

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Where to find it: 533 West 47th St., New York, NY 10036

What it costs: $3.75

Everything at this bakery — from the BLTs to the pastries — is just a little bit fancier than your average baked good. Take these bomboloni: They're not just doughnuts, they're Italian doughnuts piped with your choice of house-made vanilla cream, chocolate cream, or seasonal jam.

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2. Pork Noodles at Lam Zhou Handmade Noodle

Where to find it: 144 E. Broadway, New York, NY 10002

What it costs: $6

Sometimes, you just need the tender touch of meaty hand-pulled noodles to warm your hands and broken winter spirit back to life.

3. Corned Beef Hash From Sarge's Deli

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Where to find it: 548 Third Ave., New York, NY 10016

What it costs: $10.75

If it's 3 a.m., you're either headed to a dollar pizza spot or this 24/7 deli, where the melt-in-your-mouth egg, buttery corned beef, and potato hash will never let you settle for 2 Bros. ever again.

4. Patacon (Plantain Sandwich) at Patacon Pisao

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Where to find it: 202nd Street (between Ninth and Tenth avenues), New York, NY 10034, and other locations

What it costs: $9–$10

It's a taco...it's a sandwich...it's a patacon! If you're indecisive about your food choices, this plantain sandwich is sweet, savory, salty, cheesy, carby, and filled with hot-sauce-drizzled meat. It'll hit every spot.

5. Soup at The Grey Dog

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Where to find it: 49 Carmine St., New York, NY 10014, and other locations

What it costs: $7.25

The Grey Dog is a solidly one-size-fits-all restaurant, and it's got something on the menu for everyone. It's relatively cheap, the portions are generous, and the noise level is just loud enough for you to feel like you're in a social setting while still being able to calmly catch up with your friends. It's also cozy AF, and it will make you forget you're in the middle of a very wet winter.

6. Filipino Brunch at Jeepney

Where to find it: 201 First Ave., New York, NY 10003

What it costs: $15

If you're sick of your usual brunch order, try the Bicol Benedict — it's basically your usual eggs Benedict smothered with a sweet and savory coconut-milk-based "ragù" — made with longanisa (Filipino sausage), fermented shrimp paste, and chiles — that you'll henceforth want to drown all your food in.

7. A Flight of Beer at Top Hops Beer Shop

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Where to find it: 94 Orchard St., New York, NY 10002

What it costs: $12–$14

If you're into beer, Top Hops offers brewmaster visits, classes, and a bartending staff ready to enlighten you on any of their 600 pours. If you're kind of into beer — but, you know, not that into it — well, there's those aforementioned 600 beers to drink.

8. Kottu Roti at Kottu House

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Where to find it: 250 Broome St., New York, NY 10002

What it costs: $7–$9 for a box of kottu rotti; $1 to add a fried egg

You could travel all the way to Staten Island for authentic Sri Lankan food, OR you could head to Kottu House, a trendy shop that serves cute brown boxes filled with its namesake dish — chopped-up roti (chewy flatbread) stir-fried with vegetables. Get it with a fried egg on top, and breathe loud sighs of affection for all that gluten has given to us.

9. Kimchi and Pork Backbone Stew at Muk Eun Ji

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Where to find it: 34 West 32nd St., New York, NY 10001

What it costs: $39.99 for an order for two

There's so much more to Korean cuisine than grilled meat. Take this pork and kimchi stew — it's got fall-apart pork the size of your face, and spicy kimchi that'll put the red back in your face.

10. Chocolate-Dipped Churros at La Churreria

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Where to find it: 284 Mulberry St., New York, NY 10012

What it costs: $6 for five churros and a small chocolate cup

In my experience, dipping fried-sugar-topped spears into piping hot chocolate has always resulted in pure bliss.

11. Hot Pot From Hot Pot Central

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Where to find it: 188 2nd Ave., New York, NY 10003

What it costs: $15–$20

How to order hot pot: 1) Pick soup base; 2) pick meats and vegetable toppings; 3) fill sauces and side dishes at the free cold bar; 4) let hot pot melt your S.A.D. away.

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12. Amsterdam Burger at Burger Heights

Where to find it: 177 Wadsworth Ave., New York, NY 10033

What it costs: $7.25

Burger Heights is like the Shake Shack of Washington Heights, and the Amsterdam Burger is everything you could possibly want in a burger: a thick, juicier-than-usual beef patty, melted cheddar, and a scoop of guacamole so big it'll spill all over your french fries.

13. Spicy Tonkotsu Ramen at Jin Ramen

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Where to find it: 3183 Broadway, New York, NY 10027

What it costs: $15

If you've never experienced the animal compulsion to lick your bowl clean, then welcome to Jin Ramen, where you'll do just that, and finish your entire meal in five minutes flat.

14. Shredded Chicken Flautas at Grito

Where to find it: 1555 St. Nicholas Ave., New York, NY 10040

What it costs: $10

There's no hunger that juicy shredded chicken wrapped in fried tortillas and an all-day happy hour (every Wednesday) can't cure.

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15. Irish Coffee at Mott Haven Bar & Grill

Where to find it: 1 Bruckner Blvd., Bronx, NY 10454

What it costs: $10

If the hipsters ever migrate to the South Bronx, this is where they'll start. It's perfectly cozy for drawn-out (spiked) coffee dates, and the tiled floors and antique aesthetic make it a perfect backdrop for all your #nofilter photos.

16. Cannoli at Gino's Pastry Shop

Where to find it: 580 East 187th St., Bronx, NY 10458

What it costs: $3

For a bonafide Little Italy experience, skip the downtown tourist trap and head (in the opposite direction) to the Bronx, where Italian restaurants, shops, and bakeries galore along Arthur Avenue await your hunger. Literally every pastry shop will claim its cannoli is the best, but some of the actual best pistachio-encrusted, Bavarian-cream-filled delicacies can be found at Gino's.

17. Italian All-You-Can-Eat-and-Drink at Patrizia's

Where to find it: 35 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11249, and other locations

What it costs: $47.99

We all know that half the time we say "comfort food," we really just mean "Italian food." And Patrizia's has lots of it. You can stick with the single-entree option, but if you're the kind of person who salivates at the sound of "four-cheeses-stuffed pasta," then the all-you-can-eat-and-drink alternative was made just for you.

18. Momo (Fried Dumplings) at Cafe Tibet

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Where to find it: 1510 Cortelyou Rd., Brooklyn, NY 11226

What it costs: $6.50–$7.25 for eight dumplings

Tibetan dumplings are a staple food in the East Asian country, and they should probably become one of your carby regulars, too. Start with a plate of fried minced beef momos, and wash them down with any one of the homemade vegetable and chicken soups.

19. Pepperoni Pizza at Paulie Gee's

Where to find it: 60 Greenpoint Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11222

What it costs: $12–$19 per pizza

In this city, your taste in pizza will prove if you're a ~true New Yorker~ and/or basically determine your worth as a human being. Anyone who's been around the block is familiar with the classics — Di Fara, Roberta's, Joe's, Prince Street — and if you live in Brooklyn, you might even be privy to Paulie Gee's, where the thin-crust pies are personal-sized and dessert pizzas are a thing.

20. Trout BLT at Extra Fancy

Where to find it: 302 Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11211

What it costs: $15

According to a fellow BuzzFeeder, "One of the bartenders recommended it after seeing me order their lobster roll (which TBH is the best lobster roll I've ever had) for the fourth night in a row. They were just testing it out and it wasn't even on the menu, but he swore by it. Let me tell you, it's the best sandwich I've ever had." The Acme Smoked Trout BLT is now a permanent part of the menu, so many people apparently agreed.

21. Strawberry Cheesecake at Junior's

Where to find it: 386 Flatbush Ave. Ext., Brooklyn, New York 11201

What it costs: $6.95 per plain slice

Junior's hasn't changed its renowned cheesecake recipe since 1951, and we've yet to tire of it. The classic cheesecake is velvety and perfectly creamy, but if you're gonna stop by a touristy restaurant, you might as make it worth your while and go all out with an extra-sweet fruit-topped slice.

22. Extra-Thick Hot Chocolate at Cacao Market by MarieBelle

Where to find it: 67 Guernsey St., Brooklyn, NY 11222

What it costs: $4

This hot chocolate is so thick, it's almost an inaccuracy to call it a drink. It's many levels of creamy excellence above your standard Swiss Miss mix, and something anyone with a sweet tooth needs to experience ASAP.

23. Tacos and Chips & Guac at Black Flamingo

Where to find it: 168 Borinquen Pl., Brooklyn, NY 11211

What it costs: $10 for two tacos and $9 for chips, guacamole, and salsa

Stop by for tacos crammed with marinated jackfruit (2017's shiny new food trend), truffle cashew crema, crispy potato latke, and other I-can't-believe-it's-vegetarian ingredients at Brooklyn's new Latin restaurant-bar-club hybrid (because of course). If you come on a weekend night, you can stuff your face with guac 'n' chips, then dance it off to non-EDM-y house, disco, and dance music in the intimate space downstairs.

24. Gravlax Plate at Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co.

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Where to find it: 114 Nassau Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11222

What it costs: $16 for gravlax plate and $8 for all brunch drinks

Fresh, delicious, won't-break-the-bank seafood is hard to find in New York, but thankfully there's Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co. Get the gravlax plate and a cold shandy or two (refreshing even during winter), and your Sunday's set.

25. Tennessee Hot Chicken at Carla Hall's Southern Kitchen

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Where to find it: 115 Columbia St., Brooklyn, NY 11201

What it costs: $12.50–$14.50 for two pieces of chicken, two sides, and bread

If you've never tried Nashville hot chicken — spicy, cayenne-rubbed chicken with Nashville origins — Carla Hall is your gateway restaurant. You can get it in six varying levels of spiciness, ranging from "Southern" and "Hootie Hot" to "Boomshakalaka," which, even for experienced spice seekers, WILL cause actual physical pain.

26. Mac 'n' Cheese From Sugar Freak

Where to find it: 36-18 30th Ave., Astoria, NY 11103

What it costs: $8

At this New Orleans-inspired restaurant, the entrees are as savory as they are sweet. Take the mac 'n' cheese: It's crispy on top, creamy and gooey in the middle, and a delicacy we may have tried to replicate.

27. Soup Dumplings at E Noodle House

Where to find it: New World Mall Food Court, 136-20 Roosevelt Ave., Flushing, NY 11354

What it costs: $6 for six Shanghai soup dumplings; $8.25 for six crabmeat soup dumplings

A combination of warm soup and chewy dough, soup dumplings are literally the perfect cold-weather food. Oh, and come hungry — the New World Mall Food Court (where this counter shop is located) offers some of the cheapest and most delicious Asian food you'll find anywhere in NYC.

28. Cocktails at Dutch Kills

Where to find it: 27-24 Jackson Ave., Long Island City, NY 11101

What it costs: $13

Fancy cocktails served by fancy, buttoned-up bartenders. Don't be surprised if you meet your soulmate here.

What's your favorite NYC winter food? Tell us in the comments below!

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