It’s been a rough Winter here in New York. The chill has made it difficult to wear anything but our trusty sleeping bag coats and when we do venture out, we try to keep it within the four block radiuses of our radiator-heated apartments.
But when Barneys New York asked us to curate a list of our favorite winter restaurants, we found it the perfect excuse to ditch the puffers, and throw on our favorite turtlenecks and structured wool coats to brave the cold, knowing that along the way we could warm up with our favorite dishes at each spot!
Follow our founder, Lauren Levinger on a toasty tour of New York!
DRINK: MATCHA CHAI LATTE
I have never been a big coffee drinker. When my friends were ordering double shot lattes and cappuccinos, I would always stick to my tea. English breakfast, Earl Gray, and Green were on constant rotation.
When I first tried Matcha, I absolutely loved the full bodied flavor and creamy texture. So when I found out there was a cafe specializing in just matcha, I was thrilled! MatchaBar in Brooklyn is such an amazing spot to warm up. You can order matcha in every form, just as you would any coffee based drink, and pair it with their homemade matcha pastries (I am partial to their biscotti, dipped in my matcha latte). I like to sit down with my matcha chai latte and biscotti, reply to morning emails and admire the vintage hand painted wall paper.
DISH:TOKYO SHIO RAMEN
I am a true noodle lover and am absolutely obsessed with ramen. I recently bought myself the New York City “ramen map” so I can try all of the best spots in New York.
Ivan Ramen is my favorite neighborhood shop for delicious and traditional ramen. I love the “flavor experience” you get from a bowl of Ivan’s shio ramen. The best part about the warming up with a bowl of Ivan’s ramen is it’s totally acceptable to slurp. In fact its encouraged!
RUSSIAN TEA ROOM
DISH: ROYAL AFTERNOON TEA
I have a long standing tradition with my mom and grandma where we go to high tea during the holidays when I am home. The tradition is one of my favorites, so I decided why not replicate the experience here in New York? Drinking a perfectly steeped cup of tea is my ultimate warm up tactic after all.
My favorite place to go for traditional tea service is the Russian Tea Room. Not only do they have delicious scones, tea sandwiches, and caviar, but the ambiance is so beautiful. It is one of the oldest establishments in the city founded by members of the Russian Imperial Ballet in 1927. It is right across the street from Carnagie Hall, so it’s the perfect place to perch before or after a show! I always splurge on the royal afternoon tea because you get the caviar, which is always a treat!
BEMELMANS BAR AT THE CARLYLE HOTEL
Enjoying a gin martini at Bemelmans Bar in the Carlyle Hotel is one of my favorite ways to spend an evening in New York. The bar’s cozy atmosphere paired with the perfectly stirred martini makes the bar the perfect destination to warm up during the colder winter months.
Sitting in one of the leather banquets alongside whimsical drawings by artist and author Ludwig Bemelmans brings back memories of bedtime readings of my favorite children’s book, Madeline. If your lucky, you may also catch a glimpse of Woody Allen, who sometimes performs with his jazz band at the hotel’s Cafe Carlyle.
DISH: CHICKEN SOUP
Just as a satisfying day of shopping at Barneys warms my heart (and closet), so does the famous chicken soup at Freds. After a long day of shopping, I like to take myself and all of my new purchases to lunch!
I pair the soup with a crisp glass of prosecco. Both the soup and the bubbly warm me up in the best way! Even if my wallet is a bit depleted, my stomach leaves happy and full.