City Guides

NYC’s Coziest Restaurants

by The Culinistas

There’s nothing we love more than restaurant that oozes with atmosphere. And during the holidays, feeling lavish at an opulently decorated brasserie, or cozying up at two seater in a dimly lit bar just feels right. Below, our picks for restaurants sure to make you feel warm on a cold night.

Inspired by an Italian farmhouse, Il Buco is a romantic destination complete with communal wooden tables, copper cookware, and an intimate wine cellar. With some of the best rustic Italian food in New York, il Buco is a must for date night, or a solo pasta mission.

47 Bond St, New York, NY 10012

Across the East River in Greenpoint lies Achilles Heel, fourth sun of the Tarlow planet. If the wood burning fire doesn’t lure you in, the natural wine and small plates certainly will. An excellent choice for a warming bowl of soup with She Wolf miche, chicories piled high with thinly shaved smoked cheese, or a tagliatelle in a rustic ragu.

180 West St, Brooklyn, NY 11222

Just as Gatsby saw the green light as his beacon, those seeking an impeccable martini are drawn to the Odeon’s red neon glow. The Odeon was a defining haunt for all who were creative and influential in the 80’s, these days it hosts a tamer crowd, but not any less intriguing.

145 W Broadway, New York, NY 10013

We know that you know that Freemans is in an alley, so we won’t focus too much on that. But we will note that alleyway dining is typically shorthand for cozy dining. At Freemans, you feel as if you’ve been transported to a cabin in Wisconsin; flannel, taxidermied, horned animals and other “rustic luxe” artifacts are spread throughout. The food options are as warming: spinach artichoke dip, onion jam toast, and roast chicken are menu highlights.

Freeman Alley, New York, NY 10002

Located in the luxurious and historic Beekman Hotel, Temple Court is cozy chic. Colorful stained glass windows and lofty chandeliers highlight old school dishes like rabbit schnitzel and oysters rockefeller from Tom Colicchio. Before or after your dinner, sitting in the lobby to admire the nine story atrium is a must.

5 Beekman St, New York, NY 10038

A special thanks to Bashed for the beautiful photograph.