10 Best Snow Day Eats in New York


Clockwise from top left: Soup and sandwich deal from Gramercy Tavern, doughnut from Doughnut Plant, hot chocolate from Shake Shack, and fried chicken from Rack & Soul.

What I would eat if I could wander the streets of New York on this snowy day?

Breakfast at Egg

That biscuit with eggs, cheese, ham, and jam would warm anybody up. Here's how it's described on the menu: "Country Ham Biscuit, country ham from Col. Bill Newsom's hams in Princeton, Kentucky, served on a biscuit with homemade fig jam, Grafton cheddar, and a side of grits." Yum! 135 North 5th Street, Brooklyn NY 11211 (b/n Bedford Avenue and Berry Street; map); 718-302-5151

Hot Chocolate at Shake Shack

Go play in the snow in Madison Square Park and then have a Shack burger and hot chocolate. Just don't expect the heaters to be working—they've been out for months. Or head to the Upper West Side Shake Shack before or after sledding in Central Park. I have a feeling you will find yourself surrounded by parent, children, and sleds. Madison Square Park: East 23rd Street and Madison Avenue, New York NY 10010 (map); 212-889-6600. Upper West Side: 366 Columbus Avenue, New York NY 10024 (b/n 77th and 78th Streets; map); 646-747-8770

Sour Cream Waffle at Fairway Cafe

Mitchel London's latest seriously delicious addition to his breakfast menu. If it was a little crisper, it would be perfect. 2127 Broadway, New York NY 10023 (b/n West 74th and 75th Streets; map); 212-595-1888

Warm Doughnut at Doughnut Plant

Any doughnut just out of the fryer at the Doughnut Plant is ten times as delicious as any other doughnut anywhere. 379 Grand Street, New York NY 10002 (map) 212-505-3700

Hero at Defonte's

Specifically the roast beef, mozzarella, and eggplant hero with extra gravy. Red Hook: 379 Columbia Street, Brooklyn NY 11231 (map); 718-625-8052. Gramercy: 261 Third Avenue, New York NY 10010 (at 21st Street; map); 212-614-1500

Grilled Cheese at Bouchon Bakery

Even though the tomato soup that comes with it is not as good as the actual sandwich, you'll still end up dipping. It's more fun that way. 10 Columbus Circle, New York NY 10019 (at 59th Street, third floor; map); 212-823-9366

Blintz and Potato Latke at Stage Restaurant

They come together in a combo plate. 128 2nd Avenue, New York NY 10003 (map); 212-473-8614

Pancakes at Community Food & Juice

Maybe classes are canceled, maybe they're not. These pancakes are worth eating anyway. 2893 Broadway, New York NY 10025 (map); 212-665-2800

Fried Chicken or Pulled Pork Sandwich at Rack & Soul

Maybe you're going to wake up too late for pancakes. No worries. Go grab some fried chicken at Rack & Soul and make sure they cook your chicken to order. Tell them you'll wait. It's a snow day. 2818 Broadway, New York NY 10025 (map); 212-222-4800

Soup and Sandwich Deal at Gramercy Tavern

The $14 soup and sandwich special at Gramercy Tavern's tavern section (the less formal part of the restaurant) is a terrific deal. They rotate the duos frequently. On the menu today: a parsnip-cauliflower soup and a roast beef sandwich (with ramp ginger aioli and pickled cipollini onions on a potato roll). Be on high alert for the "breakfast sandwich" with house-smoked, brined, and glazed ham with two sunnyside-up Norwich Meadow Farm eggs and Fontina cheese on Balthazar's potato-onion bap bread. 42 East 20th Street, New York NY 10003 (b/n Broadway and Park Avenue South; map); 212-477-0777