3 Favorite Winter Dishes

These Brooklyn restaurants serve up comfort food that's heavy on the nutrition, not the calories

Eat at these Clean Plates restaurants in Brooklyn this winter.
Check out these healthy, comforting dishes at these Clean Plates approved spots. (Photo by: Convivium Osteria)

Updated Jul 31, 2018 @ 11:06 am

If there’s one season where watching our waistlines can slip, it is winter. Yet seasonal dishes can be packed with nutrients instead of calories–if you know where to look. Here are some of my favorites:

1. Nourishing Italian Stew

With the first bite of traditional Italian stew at Broken English in Cobble Hill, all memories of the plunging temperatures outside will be forgotten.

Branzino affogato con ceci e vongole
–or traditional stew with Branzino, Manila Clams, and chickpeas in a fragrant white wine and cherry tomato broth–proves that the Italians can do super comforting dishes with a light touch.

2. Braised Baby Back Ribs

At Convivium Osteria in Park Slope (pictured above), the flavors of the season take on a Mediterranean slant. Slow braised, tender Berkshire pork baby back ribs are served over soft polenta with a finishing sprinkle of Pecorino. This dish ticks all the winter boxes: slowly cooked, flavor-packed sauce, and oh-so-comforting on a cold night.

3. Algerian Couscous with Raisins

Travel to Algeria without leaving Brooklyn in Williamsburg’s Simple Café. Algerian couscous is packed with flavor and textural variety from raisins, carrot, zucchini, chickpeas, and celery. Keep it light as a vegetarian option, or top it with spicy lamb merguez sausage for extra zing. This cafe also offers one of the season’s best simple pleasures: the incredible aroma of freshly baking bread. Algerian bread here is impossibly crisp on the outside with a warm, soft center.

What’s your favorite Brooklyn spot for wintertime comfort?

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Image courtesy of Convivium Osteria.