If you happen to be in NYC this winter, we’ve gathered some of the city’s best fireplace-boasting bars and restaurants. So, get ready to hang out and snuggle up close. From chic hotel lounges to a swanky sushi speakeasy, there are plenty of places to enjoy a little hygge with a cocktail.
Tiny’s & The Bar Upstairs: Who knew you could step back in time in the middle of TriBeCa? Everything in this three-story town house dating back to 1810 is charming. The outside may be pink, but the inside is all warm and cozy hues. The cocktail list runs on all cylinders with exciting and creative concoctions; there’s also a generous wine list. This spot gets extra fancy and romantic if you get a table in the first-floor backroom next to the fireplace.
Shelter: You don't have to spend big bucks to spark things up. For a more casual outing, head to Brooklyn and Shelter, a rustic Americana-style bar and restaurant in Williamsburg specializing in pizza and—wait for it—empanadas. Oddly enough, it all works. The log-cabin vibes and pair of wood-burning fireplaces make it the perfect place to cozy up with some comfort food and beer.
Salinas: Where else but in Manhattan can you dine under the stars while warming up next to a fire? Upscale tapas and wine spot Salinas features a glass ceiling, a gorgeous stone fireplace, plush velvet seating and all-candlelit-everything. It’s pretty much the ultimate winter date night go-to.
The Marlton Hotel: The Greenwich Village hotel combines old-school charm and high-end cozy. Walking in feels like being transported to the 19th century: There’s little evidence of modern technology. Nip in for dinner at Margaux then snuggle up with a cocktail in the dimly lit lobby, which features lots of dark wood and antique rugs, accompanied by a roaring fire. If things really heat up, you can always spring for a room.
Sushi by Boū: Impress your loved ones with a dope meal at the sushi speakeasy inside Jue Lan Club (at the former church-turned-nightclub Limelight in Chelsea). Chefs David Bouhadana and Oona Tempest serve up fresh seafood in an intimate, chic Instagramable space complete with a modern fireplace, comfy velvet couches and Asian-inspired cocktails just feet away from the counter.
Waverly Inn: Hidden away inside a West Village town house, Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter’s ultra-exclusive West Village eatery has remained a favorite of the A-list crowd and intelligentsia from Madonna to Beyoncé to Steven Spielberg. Snag a seat by the fireplace in the barroom if you’re lucky, or pull a true baller move by getting a fireside table in the glass-roofed garden room. The ivy-covered brick sets a magical mood—and you'll probably run into a celeb or two.
Chumley’s: Decked out in portraits paying homage to the iconic speakeasy’s literary regulars of yesteryear (Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway), Chumley’s recently returned to the West Village, having evolved into a high-end eatery boasting sophisticated takes on classic fare like burgers and fries. After you find the unmarked door (remember: This was a speakeasy during Prohibition), look for the bronze bulldog in the fireplace.
One if by Land, Two if by Sea: This carriage house locale is a go-to for proposals (hint, hint). The historic restaurant is insanely romantic. Multiple fireplaces are scattered throughout, from the candlelit main dining area to the tucked-away Constitution Room. Full of fresh flowers, dim ambience and live piano stylings, the pricey spot is ideal for a “taking the next step” meal.
Top of The Standard: Take in the snow-covered scenery from the gilded rooftop lounge of The Standard, High Line hotel. Enjoy live jazz music, a small-plates menu and specialty cocktails at one of the city’s most sophisticated supper lounges. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide stunning views from the Meatpacking District to the Empire State Building, while a sleek 1970s-style fireplace, along with classic drinks, keeps things toasty.
Society Cafe: The Walker Hotel’s market-to-table eatery is all rustic chic and hearty American fare. The spacious dining room is lined with cut logs, wine bottles and a warming fireplace. The spot even hosts live jazz nights for a truly laid-back experience.