What New York's Chefs Eat and Drink to Fight the Flu

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We've been offered a lot of fairly obvious flu-fighting tips lately, like avoiding close contact with sick people and washing our hands. But what to eat and drink?

Chefs fight off the flu with some interesting homemade concoctions, featuring guest appearances from ingredients like cachaça, raw eggs, and salmon roe. Though I turn to variations on the same old remedy I've been making for years, these suggestions from professionals across the city are making me rethink my strategy.

If you need: To not feel dead inside
There's some disagreement over using capsaicin, which gives chiles its burning qualities. Does it clear the sinuses, or just irritate them? Hmm, both?

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David Bouley
David Bouley, Bouley
"I blend cayenne pepper extract, turmeric, ginger, apple cider vinegar, buffered vitamin C powder, rosemary, roasted garlic mix, and one tablespoon of lemon-flavored cod liver oil, and drink this three times a day, either as a hot tea, or as a cold drink when mixed with citrus juice."

Katy Sparks, Tavern on the Green
"As soon I feel a cold coming on, I make my own tea with freshly grated ginger, raw honey, fresh lemon juice, and a pinch a cayenne chile powder with hot -- but not boiling -- water. It works wonders!"

Chris Santos, the Stanton Social
"I find hot and spicy dishes make me feel better and they're something I seem to crave when I'm under the weather. What draws us to hot sauce is that when the body senses pain (like the pain your mouth feels after a heavy dose of spice), it responds by emitting endorphins. So having a bottle of extra hot sauce lying around for those moments when you could use some of your body's natural pain relievers, that would be my advice."


If you need: A good night's sleep
Alcohol may not boost your immune system, but drink enough of it and it's sure to help you fall asleep!

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Daniel Holzman
Daniel Holzman, The Meatball Shop
"A hot toddy made with honey, lemon, tea, and spiked with sweet port wine, helps to ward off germs and stay warm. There's always mama's chicken soup, but that's something you've got to ask mama for."

Masato Shimizu, 15 East
"There's nothing better to fight a cold than sake. My family remedy consists of 4 ounces of hot sake mixed with a tablespoon of salmon roe and a raw egg. Stir, sip, and sleep the cold away."

Christina Tosi, Milk Bar
"My remedy is a deep, sour, sweet tea of Lipton tea bags (over-steeped), lemon juice (way too much), honey (way too much), and a shot of Stroh Rum, if I'm feeling particularly achy. It's a combo of remedies I picked up -- the Stroh Rum from Alex Grunert when I worked for him at Bouley (he'd make me a spiked tea when I was sick), and the tea/lemon/honey in potent ratios from Marian Mar, my opening sous chef at Milk Bar, who would throw it together whenever I overworked myself into a cold or flu!"

Jared-Stafford Hill, Maison Premiere
"I eat big bowls of noodles in soup washed down with hot cups of barley tea from Japanese restaurants. That leaves me feeling like my immune system has been boosted. And a bottle of a big Châteauneuf-du-Pape when I get home is like extra vitamins, right?"

Marco Moreira, Tocqueville
"My mother is Brazilian and would bring one cup of cachaça to a boil, pour it into a mug with ¼ cup of sliced ginger and a tablespoon of cloves. She would let the potent remedy steep for 20 minutes, strain it, and hand it to me before bed."



Location Info

Venue

Map

Bouley

163 Duane St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Maison Premiere

298 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Restaurant

Num Pang

21 E. 12th St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

La Esquina

114 Kenmare St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

The Meatball Shop

84 Stanton St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Tocqueville

1 E. 15th St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Annisa

13 Barrow St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

The Stanton Social

99 Stanton St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Beauty & Essex

146 Essex St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

15 East

15 E. 15th St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

El Toro Blanco

257 6th Ave., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Momofuku Milk Bar and Bakery

251 E. 13th St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

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3 comments
syoshioka7
syoshioka7

An old co-worker of mine used to steep green tea bags with garlic and ginger. She thought it tasted awful, I thought it was delicious. I started steeping the tea in chicken broth and adding garlic and ginger which made it taste like a soup rather than very strange tea. It also lends itself well to the chicken soup myth. Also my Japanese grandma would always make me miso soup. She used to call it the chicken noodle soup if the Japanese culture.

Karo H-ska
Karo H-ska

Cachaca always works! especially the one form Paraty ;)

Anonymous
Anonymous

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