Slideshow: Ed Levine's Top 9 Snow Day Eats

Macaroni and Cheese at Artisanal
Macaroni and Cheese at Artisanal
Deep cheese flavor in a beautifully silky béchamel, with a perfect sauce-to-noodle ratio, the exceptional melted-cheese and crumb crust is broiled to crisp perfection. Bring it on, winter.

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Matzo Ball Soup at Mile End
Matzo Ball Soup at Mile End
The best matzo ball soup I've had recently has been at Mile End; its intensely chicken-y broth comes with a single large, schmaltz-laden matzo ball.

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Steak at Porter House New York
Steak at Porter House New York
A prime, 28-day dry-aged bone-in ribeye is the essence of minerally, meaty, red-meat-inducing pleasure. Have a long meal, finish with an ice cream sundae, and enjoy the view out onto the winter wonderland of Central Park.

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Ramen at Ippudo
Ramen at Ippudo
The light-brown broth is a revelation: porky, nutty, complex, and deeply satisfying, its flavor enhanced by the slices of tender Berkshire pig. Factor in the tender, bouncy noodles and fun, lively atmosphere and you've got a perfect steamy winter escape.

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Mussels and Spicy Lamb at Fish Tag
Mussels and Spicy Lamb at Fish Tag
Spicy and lamb-y and big enough to send me into a pleasant winter nap, the Bouchot Mussels & Spicy Lamb is made remarkable by a broth laced with ginger, saffron, pickled leeks, merguez, and chickpeas—best soaked up with grilled bread. Their Sheep's Milk Dumplings are great warming eats, too.

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Roast Beef, Eggplant, and Mozz at Defonte's
Roast Beef, Eggplant, and Mozz at Defonte's
Fall-apart roast beef, lean but incredibly juicy, piled on terrific crusty seeded Italian bread—crusty and thick enough to soak up the jus ladled on top. It's layered with house-made mozzarella and gets a bit of salty extra weight from paper-thin slices of fried eggplant.

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Pastrami Sandwich from 'wichcraft
Pastrami Sandwich from 'wichcraft

[Photo: Kathy YL Chan]

As our writer Kathy YL Chan has said, "Pastrami, sauerkraut, swiss cheese, and whole grain mustard on rye bread. Grilled to order, served warm. A tiny thing for $9.50, but it's immensely satisfying on a cold day."