Treat the Taste Buds to L’Ecole, Russian Tea Room & More
What’s cooking this winter? Whatever your heart desires!
New York winter foods and restaurants have all the best ingredients for a tasty season. For starters, there’s variety like nowhere else—from classic New York Pizza and Buffalo Wings to fine dining in the restaurants of world-famous chefs. Our settings are deliciously diverse, too. Enjoy cheesecake at a New York City landmark after a Broadway show, seafood with an ocean view on Long Island, wine pairing in the Finger Lakes, or dinner by a crackling fire at an Adirondacks mountain resort.
New York City has some of the world’s best dining and infinite variety. Sample Lunar New Year specialties in Chinatown or latkes at Katz’s, the city’s oldest deli. How about some Siberian-style dumplings? With Carnegie Hall next door and Lincoln Center down the street, the historic Russian Tea Room still attracts actors, dancers and musicians with their authentic Russian cuisine and posh Old World ambiance. Dishes vary from blini with black caviar to more affordable pre- and post-theater menus.
Students at the L’Ecole International Culinary Center, where top chefs like Bobby Flay and David Chang trained, serve an elegant prix-fixe menu that’s one of the City’s best deals. Reserve your table for unforgettable food and wine from this affordable, world-renowned Zagat- and Michelin-rated restaurant!
Tour guides like NoshWalks and Foods of New York will lead you to delicious experiences in diverse neighborhoods from Little Italy to Harlem.
Winter’s the perfect time to get cozy in the kitchen. Talented chefs teach hands-on courses in top restaurants and culinary schools. Learn to make international holiday treats, a tasty winter brunch or a special dish to serve your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day.
In the Hudson Valley, the Culinary Institute of America features a festive winter dining series. Five award-winning restaurants include the brand-new Bocuse, a sleek haute French brasserie. Tour the campus, shop for kitchen gadgets in the bookstore or take a class on international holiday specialties, from Christmas cookies to Irish soda bread.
Another winter setting where you can dine like royalty, or cook with a master, is the Castle on the Hudson, a 100-year-old medieval-style castle turned hotel. The dining room has a worldwide reputation for excellence. Sign up for Winter Cooking Weekends at the Castle, the Ritz-Carlton Westchester or The Rhinecliff with Vintage Hudson Valley, whose cooking vacations are featured in magazines like Gourmet and Food & Wine.
The New York Wine & Culinary Center in the Finger Lakes celebrates New York’s abundant agriculture with wine and beer tasting, chef demonstrations, and a restaurant presenting dishes created with New York ingredients. Winter programs include culinary classes, from French holiday pastries to hearty winter soups. The Culinary Boutique sells New York specialty foods and kitchen tools.
Wineries across New York host events and tastings all season. In February and March, the annual Long Island Culture & Wine Winterfest features music, art and wine tours. Cold winter temperatures along the Niagara Escarpment and Lake Ontario produce excellent ice wines, made from grapes frozen on the vine. Try them in cozy tasting rooms along the Niagara Wine Trail.
Whether you’re a connoisseur or just want to taste some good beers and learn more about them, New York’s Brewery Trails have just what you’re thirsting for. Many breweries craft special winter ales. In Syracuse, the Empire Brewing Company features local food and drink, creating award-winning ales and lagers from their own brewer’s hops and an eclectic menu from locally raised grass-fed beef, vegetables and herbs. The open design lets you watch the brewer and chef at work, earning rave reviews like a “Top Twenty Brew Pub in America” from Beer Advocate.
• Carnegie Hall
• Castle on the Hudson
• Culinary Institute of America classes
• Culinary Institute of America dining
• Empire Brewing Company
• Finger Lakes Wine Country
• Foods of New York Tours
• International Culinary Center restaurant/L’Ecole
• Katz’s Delicatessen
• Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
• Little Italy
• Long Island Culture & Wine Winterfest
• Long Island Wine Country
• New York City restaurants
• New York State Brewers Association
• New York Wine & Culinary Center
• New York’s Brewery Trails
• Niagara Wine Trail
• NoshWalks Culinary Tours NYC
• Ritz-Carlton Westchester
• Russian Tea Room
• The Rhinecliff Hotel
• Uncork New York!
• Vintage Hudson Valley