10 Favorite Fireside Places to Eat, Drink and Sleep in NYC and Beyond

Mohonk Mountain House

Apartments with real crackling fireplaces are the stuff of dreams for most New Yorkers. But without having such a luxury, we appreciate the hard-to-come-by heat and smoky memories that cling to our clothes all the more.

Here are 10 of our favorite places to feel far from home while doing things by the fire, like eat poutine, drink a Bloody Mary, wait for a train, play games, make s’mores, watch football and canoodle.


Where to make s’mores

The fireplace is just one of the many reasons this spot is worth traveling to Cobble Hill. Camp has karaoke, it has a log cabin aesthetic, it has board games and marshmallow-capped cocktails and cheap beer and, oh yes, s’mores.

Employees Only

Where to Dodge Prohibition

Smoky, art deco speakeasy Employees Only will transport you back to the 1920s. Enjoy Employees Only’s signature Manhattan and a full meal off the bar’s impressive dinner menu to feel like Gatsby himself.

The Shakespeare

Where to eat a full British breakfast

Stop by The Shakespeare on Sundays from 12-8pm to take advantage of traditional Sunday roast. For $19 a person, your table will receive a choice of three meats, Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, and seasonal vegetables. Complete the English experience with a cask ale.

St Regis King Cole Bar

Where to have a swanky Bloody Mary

At the St. Regis New York’s King Cole Bar & Salon, admire the legendary Maxfield Parrish “Old King Cole” mural behind the bar while sipping a Red Snapper, one of the hotel’s signature Bloody Mary drinks.

BookshelfWhere to enjoy a book

It’s lucky for us locals that Hudson Hotel’s Library Bar—featuring shelves of books, period furniture, delicious cocktails, and a cozy fireplace nook—doesn’t have a guest-only policy.


Where to eat truffle fries in a German beer hall

Spritzenhaus 33 Bierhall has a roaring fire, truffle fries and a terrific list of every kind of booze, from sparkling to single malt, ciders to sours, lagers to gluten-free, plus some creative cocktails like Bee’s Knees and The Greenpoint.

Waverly Inn

Where to people watch in a heated garden

After dinner in the West Village, find a seat at Waverly Inn in the enclosed back patio next to the fancy fireplace, where you’ll order some strong drinks and dessert and delight in the flavors and faces of the night.

Union Hall

Where to read and play bocce

Union Hall may be a 5,000-square-foot bar, restaurant and live music venue with bocce and wild Friday night karaoke parties to boot, but come winter the best spot in the whole place is right by the fire with a drink, good book, and warm body to cuddle with.

The Writing Room

Where to canoodle and doodle

If these walls could talk, patrons of The Writing Room will wonder while admiring old photos on the walls of celebrities in this room, where restaurant Elaine’s once lived. You’ll feel like you’re a part of a new legendary establishment on the Upper East Side as you chew an appetizer of smoked white fish, share an entree of buttermilk fried chicken, and finish with creamsicle pops next to paperbacks and a cozy fireplace.

Overlook Room

Where to watch football

At Latitude Bar and Grill in Hell’s Kitchen, there are fireplaces and big TVs (20 in total) in the back of the first floor and in the billiards room upstairs, so you’re sure to find a prime spot to enjoy a cheap drink while watching the action unfold on the field.

Cozy Quarters
Five Hotels to Book This Winter

XV Beacon

Pig Hill Inn | Cold Spring, NY
Every room has a woodburning stove or fireplace except Mountain Vista and Country Sunrise.

Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa | Milton, NY
All guestrooms have a built-in fireplace.

Pratt Bed & Breakfast | Old Saybrook, CT
Each guestroom has a Jacuzzi whirlpool tub, a fireplace and a four-poster or canopy Queen-size bed. In January, February, or March, when you book one night you’ll receive a second night for free.

Mohonk Mountain House | New Paltz, NY
Tower Rooms, Victorian Rooms, Mountain View Suite and Lake View Suite have wood burning fireplaces and balconies.

XV Beacon | Boston, MA
Guests will find gas fireplaces and canopy beds in each room.

Photos: Top photo of Mohonk Mountain House.  Michael Caroe Andersen, respective venues, Spritzenhaus by jonathanpercy