Restaurants and bars with fireplaces: NYC spots for keeping cozy all season

By staff

Ambience is everything during cuffing season.

As the cold months hit and the chill is powerful enough to keep even New Yorkers indoors, warmth and coziness reign supreme. But since we don't want to nest at home all season long, we give thanks to those restaurants and bars sporting the best kind of winter amenity: the fireplace.

Here are some spots where you can warm up your frosty fingers while dining and imbibing.


In the winter, the retractable roof over the garden at this romantic Spanish restaurant traps the heat from the charming, custom-made stone fireplace. Fresh flowers imported weekly from Ecuador, plush velvet banquettes and dark walnut floors also set the mood. (136 Ninth Ave., Manhattan,

Flûte Beekman

The midtown east branch of this bar and lounge, known for its French Champagne offerings, invites you and your boo to get toasty by its fireplace. Go Tuesdays between 4 and 8 p.m. for a champagne happy hour, and Wednesdays at 7 p.m. for live jazz. (889 First Ave., Manhattan,

La Lanterna di Vittorio

Spark a new romance at this Italian cafe in a Greenwich Village townhouse. A table by one of the fireplaces and a plate of house-made tiramisu ($7) will go a long way toward wooing your crush. (129 MacDougal St., Manhattan,


Donovan's Pub

A community gathering place in Woodside since it opened in the '60s, this traditional pub has some kind of drink special or musical act almost every night of the week. Sundays and Mondays in the fall, it's all about football. Wednesdays showcase beer buckets and wings. Fridays and Saturdays feature live music. A working fireplace in the dining room will keep you toasty while you're sipping your pint of Guinness and polishing off your Woodsider burger (with sharp cheddar and bacon) on a chilly winter day. (57-24 Roosevelt Ave., Queens,

Top of the Standard

Atop The Standard Hotel in the Meatpacking District sits a venue with views of Hudson River and downtown Manhattan as stunning as you'd expect from a building straddling the High Line. In the colder months, hit the Top of The Standard at sunset for the ultimate eye candy, live jazz music, small plates, specialty cocktails and the '70s fireplace nestled in the corner. Just make sure you're dressed for the occasion: The strict code is "smart casual attire focusing on well-tailored and fitted clothing with appropriate footwear." (848 Washington St., Manhattan,


The back salon at this Lower East Side sake bar and Japanese gastropub sports a fireplace that -- along with dimmed lighting, exposed brick walls and earth-colored fabrics -- make it a cozy, romantic place to split a bottle of rice wine and a sizzling plate of filet mignon on a chilly winter day. (157 Ludlow St., Manhattan,

Shake Shack DUMBO

Cozy up with your ShackBurger fireside: Shake Shack DUMBO has a gas fireplace warming up its industrial vibe. (1 Old Fulton St., Brooklyn,

Sushi by Bou

When the bitter cold hits, flee underground to this sushi speakeasy tucked into the Jue Lan Club's 1932 room. Sushi by Bou's fireplace sits beneath a neon sign that reads "Don't think, just eat" and feet away from the counter where you can order a 30-minute omakase meal for $50. (49 W. 20th St., Manhattan,

The Lambs Club

The Lambs Club, Chef Geoffrey Zakarian's midtown restaurant, already has ambience in spades, but the 18th century French limestone fireplace really makes it one of the city's coziest spots. (132 W. 44th St., Manhattan,

Tavern on the Green

Order up a borough-themed drink -- there's one for all five, including the gin-based Bronx and rum-centric Staten Island -- at the bar, or grab a classic bar snack like a giant soft pretzel baked beef meatball slides and cozy up on the leather couches near the fireplace. Dim lighting and the elegance of Central Park outside make this the perfect cold weather go-to. (67th Street and Central Park West,

The House

You'll feel right at home in this restored 1854 carriage house less than a block from Union Square. The parlor floor at the House, with its ornate working fireplace, is the perfect place to enjoy vanilla-and-rum-soaked brioche French toast on a Sunday morning or a plate of braised short ribs au poivre ($36) to share with your S.O. on a Saturday night. (121 E. 17th St., Manhattan,

JIMMY at the James

Known for rowdy (and exclusive) pool parties in the warmer months, Jimmy's enclosed rooftop shifts gears during the cooler months to encourage cuddling up. Velvet seating in the candlelit room adds to the ambience. Specialty cocktails like All My Exes Live in Texas and Legal in Vermont are prepared with house-made syrups and bitters, freshly squeezed juices and herbs plucked from the hotel's organic garden. Reserve a spot in advance and relax in opulence. (15 Thompson St., Manhattan,


A fireplace beckons from the dining room in the back of this Greek steakhouse in the Flatiron district. Settle in to one of the velvet banquettes, bask in the warmth and glow of the flames, and order up a rustic meal of potatoes and lamb rump spit-roasted in Merakia's kitchen. (5 W. 21st St., Manhattan,

The Writing Room

Cozy up with a good book (and/or good company) and a meal at The Writing Room, formerly home to Upper East Side favorite Elaine's. Be sure to request a seat by the fire if making a reservation. (1703 Second Ave., Manhattan,

Eva Jean's

Head straight to the back room of this farm-to-table, New American spot in Bed-Stuy on weekend mornings for brunch eats -- like smoked short rib hash and green chilaquiles -- and the warming ambiance of the corner, free-standing fireplace. And definitely order an espresso drink to wake you up; the beans are roasted just a few blocks away at Kitten Coffee. (30 Kosciuszko St., Brooklyn,

Gregory Hotel lobby bar

The Gregory Hotel's lobby boasts a grand fireplace with a gorgeous wood mantle near strategically placed leather couches. Between 7 and 11 a.m., there's complementary coffee and tea for guests, but if you bring your Sunday copy of The New York Times, we're betting no one will question your right to lounge there. (42 W. 35th St., Manhattan,

New York Edition lobby bar

Luxury boutique hotel New York Edition may not be on the top of your mind for a relaxing drink, but don't let the tourists and luggage fool you. Cozy armchairs laden with (clean) faux-fur blankets offer an apres-ski ambience in front of the fireplace just steps from Madison Square Park. For an extra boost of warmth, go for El Chapo-Chino cocktail ($18), a warm caffeinated tequila drink, or the American Tea Party ($95), a hot toddy for four. (5 Madison Ave., Manhattan,

Clover Club

Run by cocktail expert Julie Reiner, Clover Club is a Boerum Hill cocktail bar and restaurant that's always packed with craft cocktail lovers. Divided into two rooms, the front boasts seating looking out onto Smith Street as well as an impressive bar, and the back features a chandelier, a coffered wood ceiling, a charming fireplace and vintage furniture that brings to mind the sitting room in "Downton Abbey." When the wind is howling outside, snagging a spot in the backroom is like finding gold. (210 Smith St., Brooklyn,

Angry Wade's

If you're looking for a classic dive meets college bar, Angry Wade's is the place where you can shoot some pool and enjoy happy-hour specials, free popcorn, dingy interiors and yes, a fireplace. Somehow all of the components come together flawlessly and make this one of the most convenient and undeniably charming bars in Brooklyn. It's been around for awhile now, unsurprisingly, despite rumors of its impending demise. (224 Smith St., Brooklyn, 718-488-7253)

The Fillmore Room

An old New York feel permeates this brick-walled restaurant that boasts five copper-hooded fireplaces. Warm up by the flames with a borough-themed cocktail like the Queens Park Swizzle ($15) or dig into hearty winter fare like the peppercorn-crusted New York strip steak with arugula ($38). (146 Tenth Ave., Manhattan, )

Bijan's Brooklyn

A cozy, artsy space in Boerum Hill, Bijan's dining room features a fireplace front and center. For dinner, order a Mediterranean mezze like roasted garlic eggplant ($6) and a lamb burger with sweet potato fries ($17). To drink, there are cocktails like the signature vodka-based Bijan (with pineapple juice, mint and elderflower) and wine. (81 Hoyt St., Brooklyn,

Molly's Irish Pub and Restaurant Shebeen

This Gramercy bar has been around (on and off) since 1895 and the wood-burning fireplace is original. It's an Irish pub through and through, with a sawdust-covered floor and a menu of traditional fare like Shepherd's pie, fish and chips and corned beef and cabbage. Kick back a few pints of Guinness while you're visiting. (287 Third Ave., Manhattan,

Brendan's Bar & Grill

The midtown tavern in a historic space that once housed the Gregorian hotel through the '60s adds plenty of ambiance to any meal. The menu at Brendan's is a grab bag with some pub and Irish dishes thrown in. The wine list is respectable and you'll have a selection of draft and bottled beers if you dine here. (42 W. 35th St., Manhattan,

Art Bar

If you love the classic feel of the West Village, you'll love Art Bar, which has been serving customers for more than 20 years. Green leather booths and bar chairs, overstuffed and comfy couches and a fireplace in the backroom -- what more can you ask for? The bar's happy hour features half off your draft beer, well drinks and house wine, and the kitchen stays open until 2 a.m. on weeknights, so it's never too late to order a guacamole and brie melt ($6.50) or a jumbo chili dog with cheese ($4). (52 Eighth Ave., Manhattan,

Black Mountain Wine House

Tucked away on a quiet corner of Carroll Gardens, this neighborhood favorite with a Vermont log cabin vibe is known not only for the working fireplace, but an extensive rotating wine list and the Adirondack chairs out front. It's the perfect place to escape after taking a crowded F train home from Manhattan. Unwind on a weekday before 6 p.m. with a three-wine blind tasting ($10), a $12 small plates of crostini, mac 'n' cheese with wild mushrooms, gruyere and truffle oil, or a bahn mi-inspired salad. (415 Union St., Brooklyn,