So much for fall. In New York, it feels like we've gone from shorts to winter coats in just a few days. But fortunately, there are plenty of rainy-day eats to warm you up. Ten of our favorite comfort foods, after the jump.
Rainy-Day Breakfasts: Mexican Skillet Breakfast Combo at Shopsins
Or, really, any combo plate. But if this platter of huevos rancheros, mini doughnuts, and pork tamales doesn't leave you fortified for the rainy day ahead, nothing will. Bonus: Dessert at Roni-Sue's, without venturing back outside!
Rainy-Day Breakfasts: Oatmeal At Doma
Nothing warms you from within like a great bowl of oatmeal. Doma's rolled oats are toasted, lightly sweetened and just cooked through, creating a dry oatmeal that's more texturally akin to a softened granola. Served with hot steamed milk on the side, the cereal becomes exactly as milky as you like it.
Rainy-Day Drinks: City Bakery's Hot Chocolate
If its heat doesn't leave your cheeks flushed, the decadence of this hot chocolate will. Thick, smooth, and just sweet enough, two ounces should be enough—but in this weather, who could blame you for choosing the eight-ounce serving, with homemade marshmallows?
Rainy-Day Sandwich: BLT at Char No. 4
Available on Fridays for lunch, and all weekend on the brunch menu, this is no ordinary BLT. Chef Matt Greco smokes a cured, maple-basted pork belly that he then deep fries and serves on white bread with a chili aioli. And if you need a little something extra before you head back into the cold, there are over 150 American whiskeys to choose from.
Rainy-Day Lunch: Soup at Columbine
Kathy Chan recently spotted Moroccan Carrot with mint yogurt, a broccoli puree soup, and a hearty beef vegetable, but it's the Calabasa Squash Puree with cumin cream that's her favorite.
Rainy-Day Lunch: Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup at Bouchon
Classic combination. Unsurprisingly, Bouchon's grilled cheese blows pretty much everyone else's out of the water.
Rainy-Day Dinner: Chicken Pot Pie at Molly's
No one does stick-to-your-ribs food quite like the Irish. Alaina loves Molly's chicken pot pie—"golden puff pastry on top, hot chicken and veg underneath, served piping hot"—and the fire that sometimes roars in the fireplace.
Rainy-Day Dinner: Bibimbap at Bibim-Bar
Really, any bibimbap will do. The hot stone bowl, warming your hands, heating your food, and giving the rice that perfect crunch, this Korean dish does its part to combat the cold. The spice doesn't hurt, either.
Rainy-Day Dinner: Paella at Socarrat
Same logic: hot pan, crunchy rice, a little spice.
Rainy-Day Bar Food: Mac and Cheese at Warren 77
Hungry and cold, but can't miss the game? Dini's Mac & Cheese at Warren 77 is made with cavatappi, fontina, and caramelized onions. Gooey and satisfying.
What are your favorite rainy day eats? Let us know in the comments.