Fireside Dining and Drinking in New York

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

Where to Drink

Art Bar

52 8th Ave, New York, NY 10014

At this living room-like lounge, the wood-burning fireplace is lit all year round. So get comfy in an oversized couch with a drink and admire the work of up-and-coming local artists while listening to the crackle of flames.


56 Irving Pl, New York, NY 10003

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.

Black Mountain Winehouse

415 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

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.


197 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

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.

The Empire Hotel Rooftop Bar And Lounge New York Hotels

44 West 63rd Street, New York, NY 10023

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.

Where to Eat

One if by Land, Two if by Sea

17 Barrow St, New York, NY 10014

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.

Per Se

10 Columbus Cir, 4th Fl, New York, NY 10019

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.


269 Pacific St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

Gorge on traditional Mexican dishes like tacos, quesadillas and guacamole at this casual cantina off Smith Street. Then, have a seat by the fire and wash it all down with some tequila.

The Place

310 W 4th St, New York, NY 10014

The fireplace in the main dining room makes the ambiance at this cozy, subterranean restaurant all the more charming. Settle in near the fire and get comfy over dinner with friends or a significant other.


6806 13th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11219

At this Tribeca restaurant, comfort food dishes like braised short ribs and chicken stew star on the menu, so its no surprise that customers feel pretty cozy to begin with. The two fireplaces ablaze only add to the overall warmth.