With the wind chill plunging into the single digits, a glass of Pinot Grigio just isn’t going to do it. So how about a hot toddy? Yaqo Homo likes the one at Prune, which packs extra heat in the form of cayenne. “Very sweet, but big-flavored, lemon-y, comforting, with a nice kick,” he writes. “And they serve them in Ball canning jars. How cute.”

Also good, if not so cute, is the hot toddy at cocktail specialist Little Branch, kathryn says. efdee recommends the versions at Tavern on Jane and Waterfront Ale House.

Winter inspires seasonal mixology all over town, kathryn notes. Some of her favorite warming quaffs include eggnog at Momofuku Ssam Bar and Maialino; spiked apple cider at Fanelli Café, L’Artusi, and Little Branch; spiked hot chocolate at tequila hot spot Mayahuel; and the Tom and Jerry at Bar Henry and Pegu Club.

Prune [East Village]
54 E. First Street (between First and Second avenues), Manhattan

Little Branch [West Village]
22 Seventh Avenue S. (at Leroy Street), Manhattan

Tavern on Jane [West Village]
31 Eighth Avenue (at Jane Street), Manhattan

Waterfront Ale House [Brooklyn Heights]
155 Atlantic Avenue (near Clinton Street), Brooklyn

Momofuku Ssam Bar [East Village]
207 Second Avenue (at E. 13th Street), Manhattan

Maialino [Gramercy]
2 Lexington Avenue (near E. 21st Street), Manhattan

Fanelli Café [SoHo]
94 Prince Street (at Mercer Street), Manhattan

L’Artusi [West Village]
228 W. 10th Street (near Bleecker Street), Manhattan

Mayahuel [East Village]
304 E. Sixth Street (near Second Avenue), Manhattan

Bar Henry [Greenwich Village]
90 W. Houston Street (at LaGuardia Place), Manhattan

Pegu Club [SoHo]
77 W. Houston Street (near West Broadway), Manhattan

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