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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.