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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- Chef John Marsh’s Butternut Squash Soup
Image courtesy of Convivium Osteria.