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17 Solid NYC Restaurants With Fireplaces

Cozy choices for those punishingly frigid nights

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A fireplace in a New York City restaurant is certainly the extreme exception, not the rule. 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 an already-solid restaurant all the more appealing in freezing temperatures.

Many worthwhile fireplace-addled options around the city are of the clubby, steakhouse variety, though there are some notable exceptions, including tapas joints and cocktail bars. As weeks of alternately chilling, damp, and gray weather set in, here are 17 restaurants that boast fireplaces for a toasty meal.

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1. The Writing Room

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1703 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10128
(212) 335-0075
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This literary-themed UES spot, housed in the former Elaine’s space, features a (high-tech, vent-free) fireplace in the back room, which is dubbed “the study.” Tuck into New American fare surrounded by very on-theme decor, including ample bookshelves, antique typewriters, and walls of photos, some featuring Elaine’s and its literati clientele.

2. The Lambs Club

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132 W 44th St
New York, NY 10036
(212) 997-5262
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Geoffrey Zakarian’s old-school Midtown eatery in the Chatwal Hotel, once Condé Nast’s unofficial power lunch go-to, has an 18th century French limestone fireplace to complement the crimson banquettes and menu of modernized surf-and-turf classics.

3. The NoMad Restaurant

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1170 Broadway
New York, NY 10001
(212) 796-1500
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Seek out the aptly named Fireplace Room, featuring a hulking hearth imported from a French château. It’s a particularly special, festive-feeling setting to dig into chef Daniel Humm’s celebrated foie gras- and truffle-stuffed chicken for two.

4. Salinas

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136 9th Ave
New York, NY 10011
(212) 776-1990
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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. Other touches to take in while feasting on paella and suckling pig include bountiful fresh flowers, a wall of cascading water, and a retractable glass roof.

5. The House

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121 E 17th St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 353-2121
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Tucked away in an 1854 carriage house just a block or so from the bustle of Union Square, The House lives up to its homey name. Pop by for a glass of wine at two different bars, or go for a full-fledged meal off the New American menu. The parlor floor has a fireplace trimmed with a beautiful, ornate mantel, while the upstairs is flame-free but sports skylights and octagonal porthole windows.

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6. The Beatrice Inn

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285 W 12th St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 675-2808
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A solid decade since the West Village spot was a thumping boîte frequented by the early aught celebrity and media set (and nearly a century since the place first opened), The Beatrice Inn is now a wallet-busting, carnivorous affair from chef-owner Angie Mar. There’s a stately fireplace to enjoy while trying Mar’s modernized chophouse creations.

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7. Waverly Inn

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16 Bank St
New York, NY 10014
(917) 828-1154
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Another clubby, intimate, Graydon Carter-backed hotspot on a West Village side street, The Waverly Inn also offers a cozy, fireplace-accented setting for dining on elevated, spendy comfort fare, like truffled mac and cheese. The food is served in curved red booths nestled into two attached townhouses.

8. Alta

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64 W 10th St
New York, NY 10011
(212) 505-7777
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This centrally located Mediterranean tapas spot has plenty of character, thanks to its 19th century townhouse space’s high, wood-beamed ceilings, dramatic mezzanine seating, intimate nooks, and not one but two wood-burning fireplaces. Alta is equally suited to both group birthday dinners and dates, and it offers small plates like fried goat cheese with lavender honey, octopus a la plancha, and roasted roya trumpet mushrooms.

9. One if by Land, Two if by Sea

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17 Barrow St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 255-8649
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It might be best known as an excessively romantic couples destination for Valentine’s Day dinners, proposals, anniversaries, weddings, and the like. But One if by Land, Two if by Sea delivers on the charm — of a certain, rom-com-ready, Hallmark card-worthy variety — regardless of the occasion, thanks to its brick walls, stained glass detailing, live piano music, fresh flowers, and plenty of candlelight, plus a functional fireplace.

10. Tiny's & The Bar Upstairs

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135 W Broadway
New York, NY 10013
(212) 374-1135
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Here’s another exceedingly charming townhouse setting for dining fireside. Opt for the back room on the first floor to order up chef Alejandro Bonilla’s straightforward, spiffed-up comfort food, like matzah ball soup, herb-marinated duck breast, and a Berkshire pork chop by the flames.

11. Henry Public

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329 Henry St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 852-8630
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This quaint bar just off Atlantic Avenue has one of Brooklyn Heights’ and Cobble Hill’s better burgers. It’s a simple specimen, made with a Pat LaFrieda blend with a pickle — cheese and bacon cost extra — and the turkey leg sandwich is also a standout. While the homey, dim-lit, wood-lined vibe carries throughout the space, head to the back dining room to be closer to the hearth.

12. Grand Army

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336 State St
Brooklyn, NY 11217
(718) 422-7867
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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.

13. Clover Club

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210 Smith St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 855-7939
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Julie Reiner’s cocktail den offers a charming setting for choosing from a wide range of elaborate tipples, plus small plates and brunch options. There are pressed tin ceilings, wallpaper, exposed brick, and dark wood trimmings, with a chandelier, rugs, and a roaring fireplace in the very back. There’s live jazz on occasion, too.

14. La Cigogne

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213-215 Union St
Brooklyn, NY 11231
(718) 858-5641
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Tucked away on a side street in Carroll Gardens, La Cigogne specializes in Alsatian dishes such as spaetzle, plus bistro classics like steak tartare and a frisée salad. There’s a nice fireplace in the back of the spacious eatery.

15. Black Mountain Wine House

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415 Union St
Brooklyn, NY 11231
(718) 522-4340
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This barely-marked corner spot on a quiet stretch of Union Street in Gowanus is, in fact, a wine bar with a range of small plates. The vibe is that of a rustic B&B, with log detailing, Adirondack chairs, and, yes, a wood-burning, stone-finished fireplace inside to further the upstate cabin-worthy ambiance.

16. Antica Pesa

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115 Berry St
Brooklyn, NY 11249
(347) 763-2635
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This Williamsburg Italian joint, an offshoot of a nearly-century-old, family-run place in Rome’s Trastevere neighborhood, has a lot going on decor-wise. 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 like cacio e pepe.

17. Alewife

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5-14 51st Ave
Queens, NY 11101
(718) 937-7494
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Drinks are the main event at this Long Island City gastropub, which features trivia nights and multiple TVs for sports fans. Straightforward menu options include burgers and mac and cheese, plus a range of craft beers. Head upstairs to nurse a mug of IPA or hot punch by the gas-fueled fire.

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1. The Writing Room

1703 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10128

This literary-themed UES spot, housed in the former Elaine’s space, features a (high-tech, vent-free) fireplace in the back room, which is dubbed “the study.” Tuck into New American fare surrounded by very on-theme decor, including ample bookshelves, antique typewriters, and walls of photos, some featuring Elaine’s and its literati clientele.

1703 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10128

2. The Lambs Club

132 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036

Geoffrey Zakarian’s old-school Midtown eatery in the Chatwal Hotel, once Condé Nast’s unofficial power lunch go-to, has an 18th century French limestone fireplace to complement the crimson banquettes and menu of modernized surf-and-turf classics.

132 W 44th St
New York, NY 10036

3. The NoMad Restaurant

1170 Broadway, New York, NY 10001

Seek out the aptly named Fireplace Room, featuring a hulking hearth imported from a French château. It’s a particularly special, festive-feeling setting to dig into chef Daniel Humm’s celebrated foie gras- and truffle-stuffed chicken for two.

1170 Broadway
New York, NY 10001

4. Salinas

136 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

At this Chelsea tapas restaurant and bar, the Basque-inflected small plates from San Sebastián-bred chef Luis Bollo are complemented by roaring flames. Other touches to take in while feasting on paella and suckling pig include bountiful fresh flowers, a wall of cascading water, and a retractable glass roof.

136 9th Ave
New York, NY 10011

5. The House

121 E 17th St, New York, NY 10003

Tucked away in an 1854 carriage house just a block or so from the bustle of Union Square, The House lives up to its homey name. Pop by for a glass of wine at two different bars, or go for a full-fledged meal off the New American menu. The parlor floor has a fireplace trimmed with a beautiful, ornate mantel, while the upstairs is flame-free but sports skylights and octagonal porthole windows.

121 E 17th St
New York, NY 10003

6. The Beatrice Inn

285 W 12th St, New York, NY 10014
Read Review |
Beatrice Inn Photo by Nick Solares

A solid decade since the West Village spot was a thumping boîte frequented by the early aught celebrity and media set (and nearly a century since the place first opened), The Beatrice Inn is now a wallet-busting, carnivorous affair from chef-owner Angie Mar. There’s a stately fireplace to enjoy while trying Mar’s modernized chophouse creations.

285 W 12th St
New York, NY 10014

7. Waverly Inn

16 Bank St, New York, NY 10014

Another clubby, intimate, Graydon Carter-backed hotspot on a West Village side street, The Waverly Inn also offers a cozy, fireplace-accented setting for dining on elevated, spendy comfort fare, like truffled mac and cheese. The food is served in curved red booths nestled into two attached townhouses.

16 Bank St
New York, NY 10014

8. Alta

64 W 10th St, New York, NY 10011

This centrally located Mediterranean tapas spot has plenty of character, thanks to its 19th century townhouse space’s high, wood-beamed ceilings, dramatic mezzanine seating, intimate nooks, and not one but two wood-burning fireplaces. Alta is equally suited to both group birthday dinners and dates, and it offers small plates like fried goat cheese with lavender honey, octopus a la plancha, and roasted roya trumpet mushrooms.

64 W 10th St
New York, NY 10011

9. One if by Land, Two if by Sea

17 Barrow St, New York, NY 10014

It might be best known as an excessively romantic couples destination for Valentine’s Day dinners, proposals, anniversaries, weddings, and the like. But One if by Land, Two if by Sea delivers on the charm — of a certain, rom-com-ready, Hallmark card-worthy variety — regardless of the occasion, thanks to its brick walls, stained glass detailing, live piano music, fresh flowers, and plenty of candlelight, plus a functional fireplace.

17 Barrow St
New York, NY 10014

10. Tiny's & The Bar Upstairs

135 W Broadway, New York, NY 10013

Here’s another exceedingly charming townhouse setting for dining fireside. Opt for the back room on the first floor to order up chef Alejandro Bonilla’s straightforward, spiffed-up comfort food, like matzah ball soup, herb-marinated duck breast, and a Berkshire pork chop by the flames.

135 W Broadway
New York, NY 10013

11. Henry Public

329 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

This quaint bar just off Atlantic Avenue has one of Brooklyn Heights’ and Cobble Hill’s better burgers. It’s a simple specimen, made with a Pat LaFrieda blend with a pickle — cheese and bacon cost extra — and the turkey leg sandwich is also a standout. While the homey, dim-lit, wood-lined vibe carries throughout the space, head to the back dining room to be closer to the hearth.

329 Henry St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

12. Grand Army

336 State St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

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.

336 State St
Brooklyn, NY 11217

13. Clover Club

210 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Julie Reiner’s cocktail den offers a charming setting for choosing from a wide range of elaborate tipples, plus small plates and brunch options. There are pressed tin ceilings, wallpaper, exposed brick, and dark wood trimmings, with a chandelier, rugs, and a roaring fireplace in the very back. There’s live jazz on occasion, too.

210 Smith St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

14. La Cigogne

213-215 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

Tucked away on a side street in Carroll Gardens, La Cigogne specializes in Alsatian dishes such as spaetzle, plus bistro classics like steak tartare and a frisée salad. There’s a nice fireplace in the back of the spacious eatery.

213-215 Union St
Brooklyn, NY 11231

15. Black Mountain Wine House

415 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

This barely-marked corner spot on a quiet stretch of Union Street in Gowanus is, in fact, a wine bar with a range of small plates. The vibe is that of a rustic B&B, with log detailing, Adirondack chairs, and, yes, a wood-burning, stone-finished fireplace inside to further the upstate cabin-worthy ambiance.

415 Union St
Brooklyn, NY 11231

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16. Antica Pesa

115 Berry St, Brooklyn, NY 11249

This Williamsburg Italian joint, an offshoot of a nearly-century-old, family-run place in Rome’s Trastevere neighborhood, has a lot going on decor-wise. 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 like cacio e pepe.

115 Berry St
Brooklyn, NY 11249

17. Alewife

5-14 51st Ave, Queens, NY 11101
Alewife Noah Fecks/Alewife via Facebook

Drinks are the main event at this Long Island City gastropub, which features trivia nights and multiple TVs for sports fans. Straightforward menu options include burgers and mac and cheese, plus a range of craft beers. Head upstairs to nurse a mug of IPA or hot punch by the gas-fueled fire.

5-14 51st Ave
Queens, NY 11101

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