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The coziest restaurants and bars in NYC

Warm your bones with wintry booze, steaming soup and fiery hearths at the coziest bars and restaurants in New York

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Carving out a comfortable spot to unwind in the city that never sleeps is easy—if you know where to look. Tucked away inside New York's top-notch restaurants, bars and coffee shops are some of the best nooks to relax in. From fancy drinks dens with warm, winter cocktails to neighborhood bars with roaring fireplaces, these are the coziest bars and restaurants in New York.

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Coziest restaurants and bars in NYC

Art Bar

Though this dive radiates a 1970s vibe up front (argyle-patterned walls, oversize vinyl booths), it's the tucked-away, moody back room—lit by soft-glowing chandeliers and an ornate fireplace—that wins over the West Village crowd.

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West Village

Baita by Birreria

Journey north for the winter at this mountain-lodge takeover of Eataly’s rooftop bar, La Birreria, revamped with pine trees, vintage Dolomite artwork and Adirondack chairs, each draped with a warm blanket to snuggle into. Warm up further with melted raclette cheeses and three caldi (hot) cocktails with bases of tea, hot chocolate or eggnog; and classic-riffing cups like a Barr Hill Gin–charged White Hot Negroni and a frosty, espresso-laden Grappacino. 

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Flatiron
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Black Mountain Wine House

The rustic vino bar is even toastier inside than its log-cabin exterior suggests. With a glass of red in hand while sitting fireside, you'll feel like you're vacationing in the sleepy upstate woods, not hitting happy hour in the heart of Gowanus.

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Gowanus

Bookmarks Rooftop Lounge at the Library Hotel

Escape the chill at this inviting rooftop lounge, where you can imbibe by the fireplace in the bookshelf-adorned writer’s den, or get lost in a novel—and a glass of wine—in the adjoining greenhouse. Cushy leather couches are one draw; literary-inspired cocktails like the lime-and-ginger Tequila Mockingbird are another.

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Midtown
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The Brooklyn Inn

This may or may not be the oldest bar in Brooklyn, but it for damn sure is the coziest. Dark wood, high ceilings and grizzled old regulars sidled up to the bar make it the alcoholic equivalent of a hug. Next time it snows, grab a book (and some cash—no credit cards accepted) and hunker down to sling back a few pints and play some tunes from the jukebox. Get ready for instant fuzzy feels.

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Boerum Hill

Clover Club

We understand if you've never gotten beyond the 19th-century mahogany bar, fancy-pants cocktails—go classic with fizzes and sours—and exceptional small bites like steak tartare. But the back room is where you want to be. Behind a curtain (and sometimes a velvet rope), there's an exclusive chamber, heated by fireplace, where you can whisper, woo and be waited on.

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Carroll Gardens
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Freemans

This LES joint has come to be regarded as the tastemaking cabin-in-the-’hood at the end of the now-legendary alley. Its oft-copied taxidermied interior evokes a kind of hipster hunting lodge with worn, blanket-draped leather chairs, wooden bookshelves scattered with classic titles and a working fireplace. Reinforcing the cozy hideaway feel are hearty plates like Colorado lamb stew and house Cheshire pork and apple sausage. 

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Lower East Side

The Lodge at Gallow Green

This winter pop-up at rooftop bar Gallow Green is fitted out like an old-timey cabin, complete with wall-mounted, candlestick-style lamps, cozy, flannel-draped armchairs and a desk scattered with pinecones and parchment. Keep to the cabin, where you can flip through sepia-paged books and even snuggle into a bunk bed, or wander outside towards a crackling fire pit surrounded by plush overstuffed couches. No cold-weather getaway is complete without a warm drink (or two) in hand, so grab a fortifying Maple Toddy, an earthy mulled wine or a spiced-up Irish coffee, grab a seat by one of the fresh evergreens, and pretend you’re one of those rare breed of New Yorkers that—gasp!—has access to an actual country home.

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Chelsea
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Housing Works Bookstore Cafe

The expansive bookshop is full of reading selections and a quaint café for spending an afternoon paging through your favorites. Plus, it's flooded in warm lighting that sets the mood for a chill afternoon to get lost in a deep conversation with a few friends.

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Soho

Hudson Bar and Books

The original Bar and Books location, the first dedicated cigar bar in the city, is a sophisticated spot for smoking cigars (indoors!) and sipping cognac. The shelved books, dark wood details and warm lighting, coupled with a full bar and light dishes, should give you enough incentive to avoid going back out into the cold. ​

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West Village
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Comments

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Maryann D

Well for me, you should have included The Churchill on 28th Street. I was there last night and it was decorated so beautifully, I hated to leave. But that's just my opinion. Even though the bar was crowded everyone was having a great time.

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Elizabeth Q

Could be bring some cozy restaurants to our Bedford Park/Mosholu/Norwood location in the Bronx (locations are near The New York Botanical Gardens). Webster Ave has been rezoned to have business like these. Our area Bedford Park is the #9 place to live according to another public source. Many of us are working middle income household who do eat out several times a month and do spend money on quality items and recreation. We do go outside the area like Ridgehill in Westchester so that should tell you something. Bring in the bowling alleys and movie theatre on Webster and more retail. A great place besides Webster re-zoned area is a corner location on East 204th street and Bainbridge Norwood area where there is now a VIM shoe store that no one goes into--and it's only there because the owner of the building wanted the space filled! Please wait for their lease to go up and lets get a eatery in there--a large diner or trendy cafeteria would be appreciated. It's a corner space. How about a coffee library place with several conversational furniture settings....something like the Tea Lounge had in Brooklyn. We have a close knit family community with an expanding volunteer mindset that keeps growing. Bring in something that could provide us with communal setting in a communal kitchen--isn't that where the heart of home is.


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Mary F

Try Donovan's in Woodside, Queens.  They have a fire.

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Houseof1000fabrics .

Union Hall cozy???? Every time i've been there it resembles a sports bar, overcrowded and very very loud. 

Cedric G

Dynaco in Bed-Stuy and Weather Up of Vanderbilt ave in BKLYN are also quite cozy.