Dine By the Fire

| November 25, 2012

With winter rapidly approaching, check out these New York City restaurants where you can cozy up in front of a fireplace.

fireplaceHeralded restaurant Bouley (163 Duane Street, NYC, 212-964-2525, www.davidbouley.com) is one of the most romantic restaurants in New York, especially thanks to the dining room’s hand-carved fireplace with hearth imported from France. It’s an extremely picturesque scene that’s made even more enjoyable by an inspired tasting menu featuring courses like the Foragers Treasure of Wild Mushrooms and Organic Long Island Duck with hand-milled polenta.


New York cultural institution The Russian Tea Room (150 West 57th Street, NYC, 212-581-7100, www.russiantearoomnyc.com) hosts luxurious private parties in their Hearth Room, which has a gorgeous, roaring fireplace.   Enjoy hearty-old world dishes like Pelmeni – Siberian style beef filled dumplings with sour cream, peas, dill and mixed mushrooms, and Boeuf Ă  la Stroganoff — red wine braised beef short ribs with house-made thick noodles tossed in a mushroom and black truffle cream sauce. New-school items that are just as comforting include Honey Glazed House Brined Pork Chop ($38) served with braised cabbage galubsi (a type of roll) and bacon-mashed potatoes.


Neely’s Barbecue Parlor (1125 First Avenue, NYC, 212-832-1551, www.neelysbbqparlor.com)  on the Upper East Side is laid out like a Southern home, complete with an 18-seat parlor that has hand-selected vintage furniture and of course, a fireplace. Guests can bask in the warmth while sipping new seasonal cocktails like the Gingerbread House Martini, made with Bailey’s, vanilla vodka and ginger syrup, and served in a marshmallow fluff-rimmed martini glass, and Memphis Winter Blues ($9), a hot apple cider cocktail with two tantalizing twists: Orange liqueur and fresh blueberries.  Along with incredible platters of slow-smoked barbecue, don’t miss creations like Bacon & Eggs– Neely’s famous candied bacon served with their decadent bbq deviled eggs.


MexiBBQ (37-11 30th Avenue, Astoria, NY, 718-626-0333, www.mexibbq.com), the bustling Astoria spot serving Mexican-meets-Southern barbecue cuisine, has an elevated dining area with a communal table and a state-of-the-art electric fireplace. It really sets the mood as you enjoy fiery, hearty dishes like South Carolina Pork marinated in citrus and a mustard-based barbecue sauce, served in a skillet with cole slaw and jalapeno goat cheese cornbread. Pair it with an IPA from a local microbrew – MexiBBQ has 40 craft beers on tap.


The new incarnation of SouthWest New York (301 South End Avenue, NYC, www.southwestny.com) has a rustic yet hip style anchored by a metal clad fire place. Relax near the warmth of the flames while enjoying contemporary Southwestern cuisine like the Five Spiced Braised Pork Shank with crushed sweet potatoes and Mojo Marinated Skirt Steak  with chipotle whipped potatoes, chimichurri and tumbleweed onions.


The Americano (518 West 27 Street 212-525-0000 www.hotel-americano.com), the West Chelsea gastronomic gem serving Latin American-meets-French fare, has a fireplace in an unexpected location: their backyard patio, so folks can dine outside even when the weather gets cold. It’s a bit like camping – if camping comes with food like Atlantic Cod with shishito peppers, smoked shrimp and piri piri broth and cocktails like The Assemblage – cinnamon infused tequila with sweet vermouth, old fashioned bitters and maraschino cherry garnish.