The Weekender:Eat This Now

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It’s been a big week in food news with the 2014 Michelin-starred restaurants announced on Tuesday. With so many NYC restaurants on the list, it’s hard not to feel lucky that we live in a city with such a thriving food culture. The flip side is that it’s also hard not to feel overwhelmed with choices when asked the question, “Where should we go out to eat tonight?”

Today we’re narrowing down that long list of options for you by focusing in on fall-friendly comfort food. With October and autumn temperatures in full swing, we’re getting closer to that time of year when we get to go hunker down in our favorite restaurants and order those dishes best enjoyed during sweater weather. This weekend, stop by one of the below spots for an Uber-approved comfort meal.

 The Burger | The Spotted Pig

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foodsmackdownspottedEvery New Yorker has his or her own (strong) opinion on “the best burger in NYC.” However, one that seems to make it to nearly every list of “best burgers” is also one of our top picks—the burger at The Spotted Pig. The charbroiled burger served with Roquefort cheese and shoestring fries with rosemary hits the spot on any chilly afternoon or evening. Hop in an Uber and head to this Michelin-starred West Village restaurant for one very satisfying meal.

PRO TIP: Nab a booth in the back and pair your burger with an Old Speckled Hen.


Alternative Comfort | Champs Family Bakery

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Champs in Brooklyn serves up some of the best vegan and vegetarian comfort food you can find. Recommendations include any of the Bowls (including the “Awesome Bowl” pictured on the left) and basically anything on the brunch menu. Even if you’re not vegan, this place is worth a trip.



Come! Sit! Eat Mac ‘n’ Cheese! | Fred’s

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fred-s-restaurant02aYou can never go wrong with mac ‘n’ cheese. You can especially never go wrong with mac ‘n’ cheese when you order it over at Fred’s. This Upper West Side spot looks and feels like an old school New York establishment, but in fact, it has only been around since the ’90s. While the dog paraphernalia covering the walls (Fred is a dog) may catch you off guard, it happens to have some of the best mac in the city, served straight from the skillet.


Beers and Balls | The Meatball Shop

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meatballtimeoutWe love The Meatball Shop, especially this time of year. Mixing and matching meatballs, sauces, and carbs to find your own personal fave combo is just so satisfying. Uber to any of their six locations to warm up with the hipsters over some meatballs and PBRs.



Matzo Ball Soup | Mile End

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bonappetitmatzoNothing is more comforting than soup in the fall. One of our favorites to slurp down in the city is Mile End’s matzo ball soup—you just can’t beat it. If you dare take things to the next level, pair it with the poutine. You will happily sink into a food coma.



Ramen | Ippudo

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32508ipp13LIZArguably, ramen is the most satisfying on a snowy winter day. However, that doesn’t mean it cannot be enjoyed in fall temperatures as well. Request an Uber this weekend and scoot over to Ippudo for one of the best ramen dishes you can find. You’ll be left craving another bowl, but fortunately, you have all season to go back for more.


 Congrats to all the Michelin-starred New York restaurants!


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