There's nothing like a hearty cassoluet when it's frigid outside, and this week Alain Ducasse is obliging with a special version of the one-pot meal at his French bistro Benoit. Available for lunch and dinner through January 12 for $49 a head, the white bean stew of pork and duck comes with gougères, a country salad and family-style tarte tatin.
Earthy black truffles really hit the spot during the cold months, especially when they are worked into soup dumplings like at West Village Chinese RedFarm. $20 gets you two dumplings, and they'll be featured on the menu through the end of the season, which is usually around March. Bushwick newcomer 1 Knickerbocker has a menu that takes inspiration from the dishes that were popular during the NYC of the early 20th century, and you'll see the influence of that era's immigrant population on the menu, which features hearty cold-weather-friendly offerings like roast elk with spaetzle, chestnut and red cabbage, and smoked sablefish with potato pancakes.