By Jessica Colley
As temperatures plummet, the allure of a restaurant with a cozy, crackling fireplace becomes impossible to ignore. Here are five NYC restaurants with fireplaces that are worth the trip on a cold winter’s night:
1. Quartino Bottega Organica – Manhattan
11 Bleecker St. (between Bowery & Lafayette)
Warm, rosemary-scented focaccia and whole wheat lasagna with pesto lure diners into Quartino Bottega Organica on Bleecker Street, along with its cozy fireplace. This inviting Italian restaurant not only uses whole-wheat organic flour for handmade bread, pasta, and pizza, but also offers biodynamic or organic wines.
2. Applewood – Brooklyn
501 11th St. (between 7th & 8th Avenue)
Sink into a comfy chair near the fireplace at Applewood and tap into your server’s encyclopedic knowledge of the night’s dishes. Options have serious seasonal appeal, such as Atlantic Spanish mackerel over caramelized turnips with house-made pickles and a buttermilk vinaigrette.
3. Gilt – Manhattan
455 Madison Ave. (@ 50th St.)
There’s something about the relaxed pace of fine dining that suits the winter season. Gilt in midtown Manhattan boasts two-Michelin star rated cuisine, opulent décor, and a romantic atmosphere, complete with classic fireplace.
4. iCi – Brooklyn
246 DeKalb Ave. (@ Vanderbilt Ave.)
The menu here boasts dishes like housemade ricotta cavatelli with Berkshire pork ragu, farm greens, and pecorino romano that are perfectly suited for the season. Don’t miss outstanding sides like roasted cauliflower with capers, anchovies and raisins.
5. Blossom – Manhattan
187 Ninth Ave. (between 21st & 22nd St.)
Between the fireplace and the dark wood, candlelit tables, Blossom in Chelsea is a lovely winter retreat. Nourishing, vegan dishes at Blossom will satisfy cravings for seasonal flavor with options like whipped parsnip and crushed potato ravioli with shitakes and truffle oil.
What’s your favorite spot for fireside dining in NYC?
Jessica Colley is a freelance travel and food writer based in New York City. She shares the inside scoop on her travels on www.thegreatamericantraveldream.com
Image by Flickr user Henner Zeller.