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

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If you need: To taste again
Ginger is the king of homemade cold remedies. Fresh, raw, and grated into tea, soup, or lentils, it 's one of the few flavors that can reach you when you're deep in the flu fog. (Raw garlic -- if you're going to be quarantined at home away from your fellow humans -- accompanies it well.)

Anita Lo
Anita Lo, Annisa
"No alcohol! Garlic, citrus, ginger, and chiles with nothing creamy. Thai tom yum fits this bill nicely (and you can make it with chicken if you believe in the chicken soup myth)."

Ben Daitz, Num Pang
"Whenever I am feeling under the weather, I always make myself a ginger-apple cider (which we're now serving in the shops). Served hot, it's a super comforting drink, and perfect company when I'm curled up on the couch trying to recover. Plus the ginger (known for its health benefits like reducing nausea and boosting your immune system), honey (which helps to sooth my sore throat), and apples (high in Vitamin C) make a great flu-fighting combination."

Akhtar Nawab, La Esquina
"I eat channa dal with lots of ginger, garlic, and black cumin. It's simple and comforting, like India's version of chicken soup, but light and vegetarian. To drink: ginger juice, tulsi (basil), hot water, and honey."

Got your own homemade remedy? Tell us about it in the comments.

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163 Duane St., New York, NY

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Maison Premiere

298 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, NY

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Num Pang

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

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La Esquina

114 Kenmare St., New York, NY

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84 Stanton St., New York, NY

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99 Stanton St., New York, NY

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146 Essex St., New York, NY

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15 East

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

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257 6th Ave., New York, NY

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

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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 ;)


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