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11 Terrific Restaurants for Watching the Snow Fall in NYC

In case you feel like having a nice meal in a restaurant with plenty of windows.

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Today might the first day of spring, but clearly winter's hold is fierce. The city should get a little blanket of snow by dinner time. Rather than shutting yourself in and griping about global warming, pass what will hopefully be the last snow of the season at one of these restaurants which are great for snow, and people watching.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Mission Cantina

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172 Orchard St
New York, NY 10002
Danny Bowien's Mexican/Vietnamese restaurant is a great place to wait out a snowstorm, and the food will help you beat those winter blues. Bonus, the line here is almost always shorter than at Mission Chinese Food. [Daniel Krieger]

2. Toro

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85 10th Ave
New York, NY 10011
(212) 691-2360
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Luckily for snow-loving tapas fans, this Boston import features floor to ceiling windows, making it that much easier to enjoy the weather without actually being outside. The hard part is choosing from the menu's 60+ dishes. [Daniel Krieger]

3. The Butcher's Daughter

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19 Kenmare St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 219-3434
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If you're trying to eat healthy before bikini season sets in, or if you just want to look at pretty people drinking juice, head to The Butcher's Daughter. The restaurant has big windows facing out onto Kenmare Street, so the snow watching is not too bad, either. [Daniel Krieger]

4. Lafayette

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380 Lafayette St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 533-3000
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Andrew Carmellini's stone cold stunner is outfitted with comfy booths to wait out the worst storms. Watch the snow fall on Great Jones and Lafayette streets through the restaurant's huge windows. [Daniel Krieger]

5. Lincoln Ristorante

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142 W 65th St
New York, NY 10023
(212) 359-6500
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Jonathan Benno's Italian restaurant, with its floor to ceiling windows, is a classy place to watch the snow fall. His food is both rustic and refined at the same time. It's great stuff to eat when it's dark and cold outside. [Daniel Krieger]

6. Reynard

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80 Wythe Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11249
(718) 460-8000
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The Wythe Hotel's restaurant looks its best during the day, with sunlight pouring through the huge windows, especially when it's snowing outside. Order the roasted beef sandwich, if it's available, and enjoy the view. [Daniel Krieger]

7. Dover

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412 Court St
Brooklyn, NY 11231
(347) 987-3545
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This cozy Carroll Gardens restaurant from chefs Joseph Ogrodnek and Walker Stern of Battersby is a fine place to watch the snow while enjoying some modern American cuisine. The menu features items olive oil poached cod and a chicken for two. [Daniel Krieger]

8. Prime Meats

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465 Court St
Brooklyn, NY 11231
(718) 254-0327
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A steak and cocktail at Prime Meats is pretty much always a strong buy. But, during a story, try to grab one of the wooden booths along the windows or under the restaurant's skylight. [Daniel Krieger]

9. Santina

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820 Washington St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 254-3000
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The Torrisi crew's Santina offers the perfect mix of large windows that make you feel like you're in a snow globe and beachy drinks so you can fantasize about warmer climates. [Daniel Krieger]

10. Angel's Share

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14 Stuyvesant St 2nd Fl
New York, NY
This Japanese speakeasy offers floor to ceiling windows that overlook Third Ave, making it a prime snow watching hang. Just make sure to get there early — that back room fills up fast.

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11. Gramercy Tavern

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42 E 20th St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 477-0777
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The classic Danny Meyer restaurant has been firing on all cylinders since it opened over 20 years ago. Both the food, courtesy of James Beard nominated Michael Anthony and the wine list, curated by Juliette Pope make the restaurant worth a trip. And the fact that it has huge windows is snow watching bonus. [Daniel Krieger]

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1. Mission Cantina

172 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002
Read Review |
Danny Bowien's Mexican/Vietnamese restaurant is a great place to wait out a snowstorm, and the food will help you beat those winter blues. Bonus, the line here is almost always shorter than at Mission Chinese Food. [Daniel Krieger]
172 Orchard St
New York, NY 10002

2. Toro

85 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011
Luckily for snow-loving tapas fans, this Boston import features floor to ceiling windows, making it that much easier to enjoy the weather without actually being outside. The hard part is choosing from the menu's 60+ dishes. [Daniel Krieger]
85 10th Ave
New York, NY 10011

3. The Butcher's Daughter

19 Kenmare St, New York, NY 10012
If you're trying to eat healthy before bikini season sets in, or if you just want to look at pretty people drinking juice, head to The Butcher's Daughter. The restaurant has big windows facing out onto Kenmare Street, so the snow watching is not too bad, either. [Daniel Krieger]
19 Kenmare St
New York, NY 10012

4. Lafayette

380 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012
Andrew Carmellini's stone cold stunner is outfitted with comfy booths to wait out the worst storms. Watch the snow fall on Great Jones and Lafayette streets through the restaurant's huge windows. [Daniel Krieger]
380 Lafayette St
New York, NY 10012

5. Lincoln Ristorante

142 W 65th St, New York, NY 10023
Jonathan Benno's Italian restaurant, with its floor to ceiling windows, is a classy place to watch the snow fall. His food is both rustic and refined at the same time. It's great stuff to eat when it's dark and cold outside. [Daniel Krieger]
142 W 65th St
New York, NY 10023

6. Reynard

80 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249
Read Review |
The Wythe Hotel's restaurant looks its best during the day, with sunlight pouring through the huge windows, especially when it's snowing outside. Order the roasted beef sandwich, if it's available, and enjoy the view. [Daniel Krieger]
80 Wythe Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11249

7. Dover

412 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231
This cozy Carroll Gardens restaurant from chefs Joseph Ogrodnek and Walker Stern of Battersby is a fine place to watch the snow while enjoying some modern American cuisine. The menu features items olive oil poached cod and a chicken for two. [Daniel Krieger]
412 Court St
Brooklyn, NY 11231

8. Prime Meats

465 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231
A steak and cocktail at Prime Meats is pretty much always a strong buy. But, during a story, try to grab one of the wooden booths along the windows or under the restaurant's skylight. [Daniel Krieger]
465 Court St
Brooklyn, NY 11231

9. Santina

820 Washington St, New York, NY 10014
The Torrisi crew's Santina offers the perfect mix of large windows that make you feel like you're in a snow globe and beachy drinks so you can fantasize about warmer climates. [Daniel Krieger]
820 Washington St
New York, NY 10014

10. Angel's Share

14 Stuyvesant St 2nd Fl, New York, NY
This Japanese speakeasy offers floor to ceiling windows that overlook Third Ave, making it a prime snow watching hang. Just make sure to get there early — that back room fills up fast.

[Photo: Foursquare]

14 Stuyvesant St 2nd Fl
New York, NY

11. Gramercy Tavern

42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003
The classic Danny Meyer restaurant has been firing on all cylinders since it opened over 20 years ago. Both the food, courtesy of James Beard nominated Michael Anthony and the wine list, curated by Juliette Pope make the restaurant worth a trip. And the fact that it has huge windows is snow watching bonus. [Daniel Krieger]
42 E 20th St
New York, NY 10003

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