When the weather's blustery, Rockefeller Center has lots of places to chase away the chill. Here are some of the best dishes and drinks for the season.
The Sea Grill: There's something extra toasty about watching ice skaters glide right by the windows while you're sitting pretty inside. Savor that winter warmth with a bowl of the signature chowder, chock full of lobster, shrimp, clams and smoked bacon.
Limani: This Greek destination on the Plaza is also an expert when it comes to seafood, and its preparations range from light grilled fish to heartier taverna plates. The shrimp saganaki provides an antidote to the cold with its pan-fried jumbo shrimp in a tomato and feta sauce, plus risotto to round out the dish.
Morrell Wine Bar & Café: Let's talk meat and pasta. For a stick-to-your-ribs repast at this sophisticated wine bar, go for the lasagna, rich with veal, pork and beef, and layered with ricotta, mozzarella and Parmesan. Your server will steer you to a robust red to stand up to it.
Nanoosh: Below the Plaza, the Rock Center Concourse makes a great escape from freezing weather, and this Middle Eastern option inside maintains an inviting atmosphere with its soft lighting, natural palette and cushy seats. Linger over the Moroccan spiced lentil soup for a break from NYC snow days.
'wichcraft: The duo of grilled cheese and tomato soup is a comfort-food favorite that Tom Colicchio's shop brings to the next level with a pressed sandwich of aged cheddar on ciabatta, and a soup that's grown-up with basil, sherry and Parmesan. You can also sub in turkey chili for a more substantial feast.
Blue Bottle Coffee: While the lines can be daunting, the reward is a beautiful caffeinated cup with exceptional smoothness and depth at this branch of the Bay Area juggernaut. Read more here about all the java choices at Rock Center.
Jacques Torres: Maybe the best thing about winter is treating yourself to an amazing cup of hot chocolate. The concoctions here are ultra-gratifying, and you can even add some extra heat with the Wicked style, with notes of allspice, cinnamon and ancho chile. More picks for drinking chocolate await right here.