Amazing Eats: Classic Comfort Food

From Southern cooking, to sweet treats and even street eats, comfort food can be found across the country. Adam Richman is out to find 6 feel good dishes that will warm your belly … and your heart.

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House Smoked Rueben from Katz's in New York
House Smoked Rueben from Katz's in New York

House Smoked Rueben from Katz's in New York

Did You Know? The invention of sandwiches is named after John Montagu, the 4th earl of Sandwich, who in 1762, famously ordered a slab of meat between 2 pieces of bread so he could eat with 1 hand and play cards with the other.

Dish 1: House-Smoked Rueben
Where: Katz’s, 205 East Houston St, New York, NY 10002
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Stuffed Sandwich from Primati Brothers in Pittsburgh

Stuffed Sandwich from Primati Brothers in Pittsburgh

Did You Know? The first recorded sandwich was by the famous rabbi, Hillel the Elder, who lived during the 1st century B.C. He started the Passover custom of sandwiching a mixture of chopped nuts, apples, spices and wine between 2 matzohs to eat with bitter herbs.

Dish 2: The Original Stuffed Sandwich
Where: Primanti Brothers, 48 18 St., Pittsburgh, PA 15222
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King Torta from Los Reyes de la Torta in Phoenix

King Torta from Los Reyes de la Torta in Phoenix

Did You Know? French influence in the 1800s made wheat bread popular in Mexican cities. From the unique Mexican bread called "telera", the Mexican sandwich, or "torta" was born.

Dish 3: King Torta
Where: Los Reyes de la Torta, 9230 N 7th St, Phoenix, AZ 85020
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Battleship Sandwiches at The Black Sheep in Richmond

Battleship Sandwiches at The Black Sheep in Richmond

Did You Know? The sandwich became popular in the American diet when bakeries started selling pre-sliced bread, making it easier for them to be made.

Dish 4: Battleship Sandwiches
Where: The Black Sheep, 901 W Marshall St, Richmond, VA 23220
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The Kryptonite at Ike's in San Francisco

The Kryptonite at Ike's in San Francisco

Did You Know? The word "butty" is often used in Northern areas of the United Kingdom as a synonym for sandwich.

Dish 5: The Kryptonite
Where: Ike's, 3506 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94114
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La Fonda Boricua
La Fonda Boricua

La Fonda Boricua

Welcome to La Fonda Boricua in Spanish Harlem -- home of the mofongo. 960 1280

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Jorge Ayala at La Fonda Boricua

Jorge Ayala at La Fonda Boricua

La Fonda Boricua owner Jorge Ayala shows how the restaurant's signature mofongo dish should be eaten. 960 1280

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Adam Richman and Chef Robinson at Amy Ruth's

Adam Richman and Chef Robinson at Amy Ruth's

Adam and Amy Ruth's Chef Robinson grab some grub. Adam is definitely enjoying the chicken and waffles. 960 1280

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Adam and Chef Charles give viewers a glimpse at one of the special ingredients in Rack & Soul's BBQ sauce. 960 1280

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Charles Gabriel at Rack and Soul

Charles Gabriel at Rack and Soul

Chef Charles Gabriel whips up a batch of the spicy BBQ sauce at Rack & Soul. 960 1280

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Harlem Globetrotters

Harlem Globetrotters

The Harlem Globetrotters give each other a fist bump to get pumped up for the Challenge ahead. 960 1280

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Harlem Globetrotters

Harlem Globetrotters

The crowd cheers on the Harlem Globetrotters as they start the Challenge at Rack & Soul. 960 1280

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Pulled pork po'boy

Pulled pork po'boy

The 2-lb. pulled pork po' boy, topped with spicy BBQ sauce, is also preparing for the Challenge. 960 1280

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Adam Richman and the Harlem Globetrotters

Adam Richman and the Harlem Globetrotters

Adam gives the guys tips and support as they eat their way through the Challenge. 960 1280

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Adam Richman encourages the globetrotters

Adam Richman encourages the globetrotters

Adam tells the Globetrotters to "find their happy place, and the pain (of the spicy sauce) will go away." 960 1280

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Fratelli's in NYC

Fratelli's in NYC

Mikey Roe stops to pose before diving into the sausage and broccoli rabe hero at Fratelli's. 960 1280

  

Fratelli’s Pizza Café in the Bronx

Fratelli’s Pizza Café in the Bronx

Fratelli’s Pizza Café in the Bronx is famous for their olive oil-drenched, garlicky sausage and broccoli rabe hero. 960 1280

  

Fratelli’s broccoli rabe pizza

Fratelli’s broccoli rabe pizza

Fratelli’s broccoli rabe pizza is also a late-night people pleaser. 960 1280

  

Crif Dogs in NYC

Crif Dogs in NYC

Mikey meets the customers at Crif Dogs, a culinary keystone of St. Mark's Place in New York City's eclectic East Village. 960 1280

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Mikey talks to Abdelbaset Elsaued

Mikey talks to Abdelbaset Elsaued

Mikey talks to the head of Halal Guys, Abdelbaset Elsaued. 960 1280

  

Halal Guys

Halal Guys

Halal Guys, in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, is known for their juicy lamb platters smothered in insanely spicy red and deliciously creamy white sauces. 960 1280

  

Tribeca in lower Manhattan

Tribeca in lower Manhattan

Mikey films a segment in Tribeca in lower Manhattan. 960 1280

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Bubby's blueberry pancakes

Bubby's blueberry pancakes

Bubby's blueberry pancakes, among the many breakfast options available at all hours of the night, draw a crowd. 960 1280

  

Bubby's chicken and waffles

Bubby's chicken and waffles

Bubby's is a favorite spot for top chefs in the city, who stop by after a long night of cooking 5-star meals for this extensive menu of comfort food, including chicken and waffles. 960 1280

  

Bubby's steak and eggs

Bubby's steak and eggs

Bubby's steak and eggs hits the spot when you’re craving a hearty late-night meal. 960 1280

  

Crif Dog’s hot dogs

Crif Dog’s hot dogs

Crif Dog’s hot dogs are delivered right to your bar stool at PDT, because nothing goes better with a cocktail than a deep-fried hot dog. 960 1280

  

Hunts Point Market

Hunts Point Market

Mikey finds himself having to talk his way out of trouble when he runs into an officer at Hunts Point Market. 960 1280

  

Crif Dogs

Crif Dogs

One of Crif Dogs’ 16 different dogs with 23 customizable toppings. 960 1280

  

Crif Dogs' tater tots

Crif Dogs' tater tots

Crif Dogs' tater tots compliment the Jersey-style dogs perfectly. 960 1280

  

Rickshaw, the Standard Hotel

Rickshaw, the Standard Hotel

Rickshaw, The Standard Hotel
Ingredients: 2 oz bourbon and Ginger beer. Fill with ginger beer. Serve in a high ball glass with crushed ice. Garnish with a lime wedge.
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Raspberry Ricky

Raspberry Ricky

Raspberry Ricky, The Standard Hotel
Ingredients: 2 oz gin, 2 spoons fresh bramble mix and 1 oz sour soda. Pour all ingredients except soda into mixing glass with ice. Shake and pour into tall glass with ice. Add soda. Garnish with raspberries.The bramble mix is made in-house by cooking berries in sugar until the berries make their own juice. This is taken off the flame before the beries break, so the mix consists of whole berries with a sweet syrup.
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Chanel No. 9

Chanel No. 9

Chanel No. 9,The James New York
Ingredients: A blend of 9 different floral and botanical liquors delicately blended with champagne and 'strawberry pearls'. While Chanel No. 9 is so coveted that we were told the recipe and ingredients had to be kept secret, let us just tell you ' it tastes as beautiful as it looks.
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Jalisco Gimlet

Jalisco Gimlet

Jalisco Gimlet, The Standard Hotel
Ingredients: 2 oz tequila, 1 oz lime juice, 1 oz simple syrup and 1 oz grapefruit juice. Shake all ingredients with ice. Strain into martini glass. Top with lime zest. Garnish with grapefruit.
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Melon Mash

Melon Mash

Melon Mash, the Hilton Fashion District
Ingredients: 1 and 1/2 oz Bacardi Rum, 1/2 oz Triple Sec, 3/4 oz Watermelon Juice and Splash of each Fresh Lime Juice & Simple Syrup. Shake and strain all ingredients. Serve in a martini glass.
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The African Queen

The African Queen

African Queen, The Maritime
Ingredients: 2 oz Starr African Rum, 1 oz strawberry puree, 3 mint leaves torn and 2 limes squeezed. To make: Shake and serve in large rocks glass and garnish with lime and mint.
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The Cosmonaut

The Cosmonaut

Cosmonaut, The Standard Hotel
Ingredients: 2 oz vodka, 2 oz Lillet and 1 oz elderflower cordial. Shake all ingredients and strain into martini glass. Garnish with an orange twist.
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The Cartel

The Cartel

The Cartel, James New York
Ingredients: 1 and 1/2 oz Herradura Silver Tequila, 1 oz Canton Ginger Liquor, 2 oz Pineapple juice, 1/2 oz Honey Syrup and 4 dashes of Peruvian Bitters. Build in tin, shake with ice, strain into rocks glass, garnish with pineapple wedge.
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Afternoon Delight

Afternoon Delight

Afternoon Delight, James New York
Ingredients: 1 oz St Germain Elderflower Liquor, 3/4 oz Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka, 2 oz Rose Wine and Splash of grapefruit. Build in wine glass, stir with ice, add a splash of soda and garnish with a mint sprig.
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RARE Fashion

RARE Fashion

RARE Fashion, the Hilton Fashion District
Ingredients: 2 oz Hendrick's Gin, 3/4 oz simple syrup, 4 slices each of green apples & cucumbers and a Splash of lime juice. Muddle, strain and serve in a glass on ice.
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Fashionista

Fashionista

Fashionista, the Hilton Fashion District
Ingredients: 1 and 1/2 oz Bacardi Rum, 1/2 oz Triple Sec, 3/4 oz Lychee Puree, 1/4 oz Passion Fruit Puree and Splash each of Lime juice & simple syrup. Shake, strain and serve in a martini glass.
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Pink Elephant

Pink Elephant

Pink Elephant, James New York
Ingredients: 1 oz Sailor Jerry Rum, 1 oz Luxardo Amaretto, 1/2 oz Morlacco Cherry Liquor, 1 bar spoon of Pomegranate molasses, 3 oz Coconut Milk(unsweetened) and 1/4 oz Lime Juice. Build in tin, shake with ice, strain into coup. No garnish.
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Swing Du Paris

Swing Du Paris

Swing Du Paris, the Hilton Fashion District
Ingredients: 1/2 oz Triple Sec, 3/4 oz Grapefruit Juice, Splash of lime juice, 2 slices of jalapeno and 10 leaves of cilantro. Muddle, strain and serve in a martini glass.
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Southern Gentleman

Southern Gentleman

Southern Gentleman, James New York
Ingredients: 2 oz. Johnny Drum Bourbon, 1 oz Sweet Tea, 3/4 oz Honey syrup, Mint, Grilled Frozen Lemon Halves and 2 dashes Orange Bitters. Chill rocks glass, in glass shaker muddle 6-7 mint leaves, build cocktail and stir with ice, fine strain into the chilled rocks glass and garnish with two frozen grilled lemons and mint bouquet.
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Whiskey Punch

Whiskey Punch

Whiskey Punch, The Standard Hotel
Ingredients: 2 oz rye whiskey, 1 oz lemon juice, 1/2 oz orange juice, 1 oz simple syrup and Prosecco. Pour all ingredients except Prosecco into mixing glass with ice. Shake and strain into tall glass with crushed ice. Add Prosecco. Garnish with an orange twist.
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Má Pêche

Má Pêche

Celebrate New Year’s Eve in the heart of Midtown at this modern American restaurant. Má Pêche is offering a special New Year’s Eve 4-course prix fixe chicken and rice dinner that includes a champagne toast at midnight. 960 1280

  

Commerce

Commerce

Wax nostalgic for a bygone Manhattan era at Commerce's historic Greenwich Village space. Amid the restaurant’s Art Deco murals, classic cocktails and cozy booths, you can reminisce about Old New York while you toast to the New Year. 960 1280

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Aroma Kitchen & Winebar

Aroma Kitchen & Winebar

This East Village Italian restaurant and wine bar focuses on regional Italian dishes and seasonal specialties. Chef Vito and his team are hosting an intimate celebration, featuring a 5-course menu that includes risotto lobster Bolognese and pan-seared Crescent Farms duck breast with wine pairings. 960 1280

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Soccarat

Soccarat

Transport yourself to Spain on New Year’s Eve. Gather your friends and prepare to share tapas and paella at this charming space in Midtown. Grapes will be provided for the "12 grapes of luck" tradition of eating a grape with each bell strike at midnight. 960 1280

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Affaire

Affaire

Ring in the New Year Parisian-style without leaving the East Village! This cozy French bistro's New Year’s Eve party includes 3 rooms of music by in-house and guest DJs, a 5-hour open bar, hors d'oeuvres and a champagne toast at midnight. Dress code is semi-formal or burlesque … if you really want to get into the mood. 960 1280

  

Centro

Centro

Have a “Buon Anno Nuovo!” at this Italian hot spot in the West Village. Go all out with a 5-course menu or choose the 4-course menu -- antipasti, primi, secondi and dolci. Indulge one last time before New Year's resolutions kick in with the decadent homemade dolci. 960 1280

  

TOY Restaurant

TOY Restaurant

For a memorable New Year’s Eve, head to this Gansevoort Hotel hot spot for dinner and a show. Laser lighting, aerialist performances and cutting-edge DJs make this “multi-sensory, stimulating fantasy playground” the setting for an extraordinary night. 960 1280

  

Bistro Chat Noir

Bistro Chat Noir

This is every Francophile’s dream spot for ringing in the New Year. This slice of Paris on the Upper East Side is hosting a masquerade ball on New Year’s Eve, with 3 seatings. The first is kid-friendly, the second has a Broadway pop show, and the third has the Broadway pop show and a midnight toast. And if you can’t get enough, come back for the bistro’s New Year’s Day brunch. 960 1280

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Jungsik

Jungsik

Treat yourself to modern Korean cuisine this New Year's Eve. TriBeCa's Jungsik is offering 2 New Year’s Eve seatings: a 4-course prix fixe spread and a 10-course option. Splurge with a wine pairing add-on for the special night. 960 1280

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Ditch Plains

Ditch Plains

Food Network star and chef Marc Murphy's New York-style fish shack is a lively spot to ring in the New Year. With its informal vibe and casual chic dress code, Ditch Plains is a fuss-free option for the big night. 960 1280

Kirsten Kay Thoen