The easy way to tackle the question of “what should I be eating this winter?" would be to just say everything -- all the couch noodles, all the burgers, all the everything -- because nobody’s gonna see you without your shirt on for at least the next three months. But since obesity is kinda "eh", maybe just stick to these 12 cozy, wintery, seasonally appropriate, fortifying foods -- one for every week of the winter from here on out. Things are looking up -- except for the weather, that still looks terrible.
Chances are you’re going to indulge, and maybe even extra-indulge, at least once this week 'cause of the whole NYE thing. Well, be ready with a plan for the next day -- a hearty, hopefully fried, brunch-oriented plan involving that bacon that’s thicker than regular bacon.
January 4-10: Peking duck
Get it any way you can, whether it's in a bun in Flushing, at Decoy (one of the best new restaurants of 2014), or in a brand-new sandwich from Untamed in Midtown, with BBQ-lacquered Peking duck, hot jam, pickled radicchio, and Gruyere on a Grandaisy. Untamed also donates $1 from each seasonal sandwich sold to the Wounded Warriors Foundation.
Lots of ramen would do the trick, but this brand-new spot is the buzziest of the moment and was ranked by the New York Times as the best ramen in the city when it was still popping up in the back of a bagel store.
Does anyone eat lasagna in the summer? Probably not. Check out the new Bowery Meat Co. for a beast of a duck lasagna.
February 22-28: Soba, pho, or other noodle soups
It’s been noodle soup season for weeks, so it's time to have something other than chicken noodle and ramen. Start at Cocoron or one of these spots.
March 1-7: Po’ boys
Celebrate Mardi Gras with a traditional King Cake, or pay homage in a much tastier way -- by downing as many po’ boys as possible; the one at Black Crescent is one of the best we’ve had in a while, but Cheeky’s is still on point.
March 8-14: Chili
You know you’ve got a local spot for chili -- head there. Waterfront Ale House is a good go-to though, if you’re in a pinch.