Lontong Sayur From Upi Jaya
Indonesian restaurant Upi Jaya makes plenty of great vegetarian food, but for the colder months you need to grab a big plate of lontong sayur. The rich curry, both spicy and sweet, warms you as you eat it, and the vegetables, rice cakes, and a deep-fried hard-boiled egg (!) will fill you up, fortifying you for the coming winter. Read more »
Upi Jaya: 76-04 Woodside Avenue, Elmhurst NY 11373 (map); 718-458-1807
Vegetable Dumpling Soup From M Noodle Shop
What could be better than a giant bowl of soup on a blustery day? A bowl of soup full of tasty vegetable dumplings, that's what. At M Noodle Shop, the vegetable dumpling soup has a flavorful vegetarian broth and plump dumplings. Read more »
Fasolia Plaki From Agnanti Meze
Casseroles remind me of the fall and winter holidays—this is the only time of year I seem to eat them. Fasolia plaki is a Greek casserole of lima beans and carrots in a tomato sauce. Because it's baked in the oven, the beans on top get a little hard, but the ones underneath turn smooth and velvety. Sop up the sauce with a bit of grilled bread and keep yourself warm all season. Read more »
Fregula With Pumpkin From Po
Fregula is a small, round pasta, and on its own can be a rich and filling dish. At Po they sauté it before cooking, giving it a toasty flavor, and then they mix in chunks of pumpkin. Its a great blend of savory and sweet, and a great addition to any autumn meal.
Mac & Cheese From Jacob's Pickles
Mac & cheese is one of the most familiar and comforting dishes there is. There are lots of places to get good mac & cheese in NYC, but Jacob's Pickles serves one of my favorites. Crusty on top, creamy inside, and packed full of flavorful mushrooms, it's the perfect dish to warm you up and make you feel at home. Read more »
Potato Vareniki From Karloff
Eastern European cuisine is tailor-made for cold weather. The potato vareniki at Karloff are similar to pierogies, only they seem more tasty and moist than most. The potato purée inside is both comforting and rich, real "stick-to-your-ribs" food, which you're going to need for the coming winter.
Cauliflower and Escarole Gratin From Osteria Morini
Cauliflower is one of my favorite fall vegetables, and Osteria Morini treats it just right. Chunks of cauliflower and strips of escarole are tossed in a creamy, cheesy sauce and baked to give it a crispy top. It's listed as a side dish, but it's filling enough to be an entrée.
Tofu & Vegetable Noodle Soup From Tasty Hand Pulled Noodles
The tofu & vegetable noodle soup at Tasty Hand Pulled Noodles features a vegetarian broth and some perfectly chewy noodles. The tofu (served on the side) adds some heartiness to the soup. Be sure to add some of the table-top condiments, like chopped cilantro and hot sauce.
Mushroom Soup From Kebeer
The Russians know from cold weather, so it's no wonder that Kebeer, in Brighton Beach, serves up a delicious and warming bowl of mushroom soup. Filled with carrots, barley, and of course mushrooms, the sour cream on top lends the soup a creaminess that really hits the spot. Read more »
Pumpkin Samcy From Cheburechnaya
We all know by now that pumpkin isn't just for dessert, but the pumpkin samcy at Cheburechnaya bridges the gap between sweet and savory. The samcy is a light and flaky pastry, in this case with a creamy pumpkin filling that's slightly sweet and slightly sour. Read more »