by Melanie Berliet - 203 Reviews - 49 List
Once the cold sets in, there's nothing better than drinking and dining beside the warm glow of a roaring fire. But only a select group of restaurants and bars in New York boast working fireplaces. Luckily, you don't have to waste time searching for them, because we've done it for you. So when winter winds start blowing, head to one of these 10 top hearth-warming spots to unwind by the light of a fire. (Photo: Shoolbred's)
Updated: December 17, 2009
Guests sip specialty cocktails and nibble on snacks like pigs in a blanket at this Gramercy lounge, nestled inside a townhouse. Add to that two working fireplaces, which are kept at full-blaze throughout the night, and Cibar just might be the best place to hibernate 'til spring.
During the winter, a wood-burning fireplace enhances the upstate farmhouse feel of this treasured Carroll Gardens wine bar. In addition to the intimate atmosphere, a menu featuring cheese fondue and a plethora of international wines makes it an especially romantic spot to get cozy.
A grand fireplace, leather armchairs, lantern lighting and stained glass accents bring old-world charm to this East Village tavern. If all that doesn't warm you up sufficiently, Shoolbred's extensive selection of single malt Scotches should do the trick.
It may be a summer hot spot, but this chic hotel rooftop bar isn't just for warm weather. In colder months, the space is enclosed by windowed walls and a retractable roof, with a fire that roars from within a large mantle. The spectacular city views of Columbus Circle, Lincoln Center and the Hudson River don't hurt, either.
This carriage house-turned-restaurant has four fireplaces--two in the bar area and two in the stately Constitution dining room. The fire makes the setting even more romantic--which just might translate into flames between you and your date.
How do you top a meal at Thomas Keller's exquisite French-American restaurant? Try reserving a table (two months in advance, of course) by the working fireplace--all the better to enjoy your $275 prix fixe meal by the warmth of a glowing hearth.