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Cozy Up to a Fireplace at These Restaurants and Bars

A burning hearth keeps these dining rooms and bars warm for the winter months ahead

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The brief escapism that comes with dining out definitely applies to a meal accented by a crackling blaze in the background — the presence of a fireplace, preferably when fully ablaze, can make a solid restaurant all the more appealing in freezing temperatures. Read on for a selection of cozy spots for warming up.

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Keens Steakhouse

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This classic midtown steakhouse has a fireplace in the pub room adjacent to the bar, where diners can choose between the regular menu and a more casual pub menu available throughout the dining room. Though you can ask for a reservation near the fireplace, it’s not guaranteed.

Salinas

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At this Chelsea tapas restaurant and bar, the Basque-inflected small plates from San Sebastián-bred chef Luis Bollo are complemented by roaring flames. Book your meal in the garden room to be seated next to the fireplace.

Waverly Inn

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A clubby, intimate American restaurant on a West Village side street, the Waverly Inn also offers a cozy, fireplace-accented setting for dining on spendy comfort fare. The food is served in curved red booths nestled into two attached townhouses.

Waverly Inn has a dark dining room with paintings on the walls.
Find a fireplace with a scene at Waverly Inn.
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This centrally located Mediterranean tapas spot has plenty of character, thanks to its high, wood-beamed ceilings, dramatic mezzanine seating, intimate nooks, and two wood-burning fireplaces. Alta is equally suited for group birthday dinners and dates.

Achilles Heel

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This Greenpoint favorite looks like a casual neighborhood bar but it offers well-made cocktails, natural wine, and craft beers to complement a small plates menu that changes daily. The roaring fireplace keeps the room toasty, especially if you’re seated at the bar.

Veniero's Pastry

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Ok, so this Italian pastry shop merely has an electric fireplace. But it does the trick in the dining room, where you might consider ordering a coffee with Sambuca to accompany your cannoli. It’s a great place to sip, snack, and people-watch.

McSorley's Old Ale House

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Grab an ale at this beloved New York institution and have a seat near the fire. The fireplace, by the way, has a banner that reads “bible house” across the mantel, pointing to the building’s past as a bible manufacturing center. Cash only.

Both cocktail bar HiLot and its attached, clubbier sibling Joyface have electric fireplaces, but HiLot’s gives off heat (Joyface’s does too, but it gets shut off during busier hours). This themed bar takes reservations, which makes it a slightly more adult option than the party spot next door. Stop by with a group or with a date.

A busy bar scene with a velvet curtain walls and tables outfitted with individual green lamps.
A fireplace bar with style.
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Antica Pesa

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This Williamsburg Italian joint is an offshoot of a nearly century-old, family-run restaurant in Rome’s Trastevere neighborhood. Huge domed light fixtures give a lounge-y vibe, and there’s also a fireplace to complement the menu of Roman dishes, including a number of traditional pastas.

Galerie Bar at the Smyth Hotel

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There’s not one but two fireplaces at this bar adjacent to the Smyth Tavern in Tribeca. Go for the sleek vibes and classic cocktails at this lowkey spot, and consider a burger and fries, pigs in a blanket, a shrimp cocktail, or mini crab cakes.

With over a dozen cheeses on its menu, some even made on-premises, Tuffet is one of our favorite spots for ordering craft beers with a plentiful meat-and-cheese board. Thanks to the bar’s outdoor fireplace, hanging out here is cozy year-round.

Grand Army

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The Boerum Hill raw bar and cocktail spot has all the trappings of a solid neighborhood watering hole, with a wraparound bar, weathered wood floors, and a fireplace. It all adds up to ideal surroundings for sharing a seafood platter and sipping a well-constructed cocktail.

The wooden bar with blue stools at Grand Army.
The wooden bar.
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This cash-only Bed-Stuy bar is one of the neighborhood’s best date spots, thanks to its low-lit interior, busy but not bustling vibe, and a mid-century fireplace in the back. Stop by for solid drinks, a daily-changing slice of cake, and lighting that helps set the right tone.

Clover Club

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Cobble Hill cocktail bar Clover Club has been at it since 2008, serving good cocktails in an intimate space perfect for a date or a cozy night out. In addition to the small fireplace in the bag, the space features throwback elements like tin ceilings, wallpaper, exposed brick, and dark wood trimmings, rugs, and a chandelier.

Black Mountain Wine House

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This barely marked building on a residential corner in Gowanus is, in fact, a bar with a range of affordable wines by the glass, plus cheese, charcuterie, and small plates for snacking. It feels a bit like a rustic bed and breakfast inside, with log detailing, Adirondack chairs, and a wood-burning, stone-finished fireplace.

Keens Steakhouse

This classic midtown steakhouse has a fireplace in the pub room adjacent to the bar, where diners can choose between the regular menu and a more casual pub menu available throughout the dining room. Though you can ask for a reservation near the fireplace, it’s not guaranteed.

Salinas

At this Chelsea tapas restaurant and bar, the Basque-inflected small plates from San Sebastián-bred chef Luis Bollo are complemented by roaring flames. Book your meal in the garden room to be seated next to the fireplace.

Waverly Inn

A clubby, intimate American restaurant on a West Village side street, the Waverly Inn also offers a cozy, fireplace-accented setting for dining on spendy comfort fare. The food is served in curved red booths nestled into two attached townhouses.

Waverly Inn has a dark dining room with paintings on the walls.
Find a fireplace with a scene at Waverly Inn.
Daniel Krieger/Eater NY

Alta

This centrally located Mediterranean tapas spot has plenty of character, thanks to its high, wood-beamed ceilings, dramatic mezzanine seating, intimate nooks, and two wood-burning fireplaces. Alta is equally suited for group birthday dinners and dates.

Achilles Heel

This Greenpoint favorite looks like a casual neighborhood bar but it offers well-made cocktails, natural wine, and craft beers to complement a small plates menu that changes daily. The roaring fireplace keeps the room toasty, especially if you’re seated at the bar.

Veniero's Pastry

Ok, so this Italian pastry shop merely has an electric fireplace. But it does the trick in the dining room, where you might consider ordering a coffee with Sambuca to accompany your cannoli. It’s a great place to sip, snack, and people-watch.

McSorley's Old Ale House

Grab an ale at this beloved New York institution and have a seat near the fire. The fireplace, by the way, has a banner that reads “bible house” across the mantel, pointing to the building’s past as a bible manufacturing center. Cash only.

HiLot

Both cocktail bar HiLot and its attached, clubbier sibling Joyface have electric fireplaces, but HiLot’s gives off heat (Joyface’s does too, but it gets shut off during busier hours). This themed bar takes reservations, which makes it a slightly more adult option than the party spot next door. Stop by with a group or with a date.

A busy bar scene with a velvet curtain walls and tables outfitted with individual green lamps.
A fireplace bar with style.
Luke Fortney/Eater NY

Antica Pesa

This Williamsburg Italian joint is an offshoot of a nearly century-old, family-run restaurant in Rome’s Trastevere neighborhood. Huge domed light fixtures give a lounge-y vibe, and there’s also a fireplace to complement the menu of Roman dishes, including a number of traditional pastas.

Galerie Bar at the Smyth Hotel

There’s not one but two fireplaces at this bar adjacent to the Smyth Tavern in Tribeca. Go for the sleek vibes and classic cocktails at this lowkey spot, and consider a burger and fries, pigs in a blanket, a shrimp cocktail, or mini crab cakes.

Tuffet

With over a dozen cheeses on its menu, some even made on-premises, Tuffet is one of our favorite spots for ordering craft beers with a plentiful meat-and-cheese board. Thanks to the bar’s outdoor fireplace, hanging out here is cozy year-round.

Grand Army

The Boerum Hill raw bar and cocktail spot has all the trappings of a solid neighborhood watering hole, with a wraparound bar, weathered wood floors, and a fireplace. It all adds up to ideal surroundings for sharing a seafood platter and sipping a well-constructed cocktail.

The wooden bar with blue stools at Grand Army.
The wooden bar.
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Dynaco

This cash-only Bed-Stuy bar is one of the neighborhood’s best date spots, thanks to its low-lit interior, busy but not bustling vibe, and a mid-century fireplace in the back. Stop by for solid drinks, a daily-changing slice of cake, and lighting that helps set the right tone.

Clover Club

Cobble Hill cocktail bar Clover Club has been at it since 2008, serving good cocktails in an intimate space perfect for a date or a cozy night out. In addition to the small fireplace in the bag, the space features throwback elements like tin ceilings, wallpaper, exposed brick, and dark wood trimmings, rugs, and a chandelier.

Black Mountain Wine House

This barely marked building on a residential corner in Gowanus is, in fact, a bar with a range of affordable wines by the glass, plus cheese, charcuterie, and small plates for snacking. It feels a bit like a rustic bed and breakfast inside, with log detailing, Adirondack chairs, and a wood-burning, stone-finished fireplace.

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