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The Forest at the Standard, High Line
Photograph: Courtesy The Standard, High Line The Forest at the Standard, High Line

The best places to be cozy as f*ck this winter

Be warm and toasty without sacrificing your social life at these hotels, book shops, and dining spots that are cozy AF

By Christina Izzo and Time Out contributors

Don’t let Old Man Winter keep you from exploring Gotham. We get it: You have Netflix, a fridge full of beer and a heated blanket that’s calling your name—but, c’mon, that’s lame. There are far too many places where you can be cozy as f*ck without sacrificing the fun. From thoughtful outdoor dining options to the lobbies of chic New York hotels and cafes with some of the best hot chocolate you’ve ever had, we’ve rounded up our favorite joints to snuggle up inside. Summon your pod and get ready to enjoy a cozy night out!

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Best places to be cozy as f*ck

The Forest at the Standard, High Line
Photograph: Courtesy The Standard, High Line

1. The Forest at the Standard, High Line

Hotels Chain hotels Meatpacking District

The hotel has transformed their outdoor plaza into The Forest, a woodland-inspired outdoor dining space filled with fresh pine trees and twinkling lights, plus outdoor heaters and faux-fur throw blankets to keep you warm and cozy. And the food-and-drink menu is similarly warming: Think: cheese fondue for two, fully loaded baked potatoes and hot cocktails like spiked cocoa and mulled cider.

Jacques Torres
Photograph: Courtesy Jacques Torres

2. Jacques Torres Chocolate

Shopping Chocolate and candy West Village

When you hear the word “cozy,” what’s the first beverage that comes to mind? A toasty mug filled to the brim with hot chocolate! To no one’s surprise, the city’s reigning king of the cocoa bean, Jacques Torres, whips up one of the best in town. The secret behind the velvety, rich concoction is a mixture of 60 to 70 percent dark chocolate, milk powder and corn starch.

230 Fifth
Photograph: Courtesy 230 Fifth

3. 230 Fifth

Bars Lounges Flatiron

In New York City, you can still drink on a rooftop and be cozy as f*ck thanks to 230 Fifth’s rooftop igloos. On the partially heated top deck, the see-through PVC igloos can hold up to eight people and keep out the chill while you enjoy skyline views and seasonal quaffs like spiced whiskey martinis and rum-spiked hot apple cider.

Westsider Books
Photograph: Christina Izzo

4. Westsider Rare and Used Books

Shopping Bookstores Upper West Side

Is there anywhere cozier to hide from the cold than in the stacks? Bibliophiles should clear their schedules before hitting this bilevel bookshop: Westsider puts every square inch of its limited real estate to use, haphazardly double-shelving gently used tomes from floor to ceiling. If you’re willing to roll up your sleeves and dig, you’ll unearth some real gems at about half the cover price—the eclectic selection includes everything from photography and art titles to cookbooks and French literature, though the sci-fi, horror and mystery sections are particularly solid.

Rooftop at the NoMad
Photograph: The NoMad

5. The NoMad

Restaurants French Flatiron

Our usual cozy go-to at the NoMad, the Library, is currently closed due to restrictions on indoor dining, but thankfully the hotel has an equally cushy outdoor option: Tucked into a heated, all-weather tent overlooking the Manhattan cityscape, the hotel's rooftop has been outfitted with velvet chairs, Persian rugs, and chandeliers. It's lush, which is cozy's fancy cousin. 

Feliz Coctelería at the Garret
Photograph: Courtesy of fohnyc

6. Feliz Coctelería at the Garret

Running through January 10, the Garret Coctelería has transformed into Feliz Coctelería, complete with tacos, festive cocktails (chipotle hot chocolate, epazote hot toddy) and private mezcal cabins. Yes: Private. Mezcal. Cabins. Each heated, outdoor hut can accommodate groups of 4-6 people and comes merrily outfitted with holiday lights, colorful throws and more. 

Photograph: Annie Schlechter

7. The Marlton

Hotels Boutique hotels Greenwich Village

The 1900 building has plenty of local history—Beat icon Jack Kerouac wrote a couple of novellas while lodging there, and the place put up would-be Andy Warhol assassin Valerie Solanas—but the deceptively lived-in–looking interior, including the lobby’s cunningly retro oak paneling, has largely been created from scratch. Here, you can lounge on a broken-in leather armchair while sipping a house-roasted Ferndell coffee, and flip through tomes on NYC history or local artists. 

8. Route 66 Smokehouse

Restaurants Barbecue Financial District

Route 66 Smokehouse has one-upped basic bubble dining: On FiDi's historic Stone Street, the barbecue-leaning American restaurant has set up real-life snow globes that you can eat in. Each is dressed up with a picnic table seating up to 10, as well as your own Christmas tree, and overlooks the twinkling lights strung up and down the street.  

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