The 6 Coziest Restaurants & Bars in Manhattan

by Mike Simonson
Yes, New York winters can be brutal, but they also offer the perfect opportunity to visit those warm and cozy places that we eschew in favor of rooftops and outdoor patios in the summer.

Nothing’s more inviting on a frigid evening than nestling deep into your seat with a cocktail in hand, insulated from the windy mess outside as candlelight glows on every table.

Here are the 6 best places to wait out winter.

By Shana Sokol

Yes, New York winters can be brutal, but they also offer the perfect opportunity to visit those warm and cozy places that we eschew in favor of rooftops and outdoor patios in the summer. Nothing’s more inviting on a frigid evening than nestling deep into your seat with a cocktail in hand, insulated from the windy mess outside as candlelight glows on every table. Here are the 6 best places to wait out winter.


ADVERT


Freemans

Website

The appeal of Freemans starts before you even enter the restaurant. Located at the end of an alley, you feel as if you are about to embark on a clandestine affair as you walk up to the “secret” venue. It bills itself as a “colonial tavern” and from the taxidermy-adorned walls to the maze of low-ceilinged rooms, it’s easy to feel transported back to another era (if that other era was populated with hipsters and Lower East Side creative types). Food, wine and cocktails are all spot-on and encourage lingering in this intimate-yet-lively joint.

Smith and Mills

Website

This converted carriage house in Tribeca is tiny but still manages to be a scene on a nightly basis. Settle into one of the banquettes that flank the walls for a bit to eat, or stake your spot at the bar for one of their well-crafted cocktails. Rustic decor and low lighting set a romantic ambience, whether you’re on a date or on the search for your next one.

The Spotted Pig

Website

Celebrity magnet aside, this nouveau classic West Village resto, located in a brownstone on an otherwise quiet stretch of cobblestoned streets, packs ‘em in year round but feels especially right on a sub-freezing night. Taxidermy and tchotchkes galore adorn the ruby-hued walls and although it sounds claustrophobic, it feels like the living room of an eccentric yet fun-loving aunt. The Spotted Pig introduced the concept of “gastropub” to New York and puts out thoughtful food to match the well-curated wine and beverage list.


Sponsored:


 

Nitecap

Website

A subterranean cocktail lounge on the Lower East Side, this tiny spot has a playful cocktail menu that takes as much time to read through as a short novella. These guys are serious about their drinks and pay careful attention to every detail, from the type of ice used to the garnishes. The black banquettes invite you to settle in for a while; don’t be surprised when you finally notice the time and it’s much, much later than you thought.

Jimmy’s No. 43

Website

One of the best spots to drink beer and cider in the city, Jimmy’s No. 43 is an underground mecca for hopheads. Low arched doorways give the sensation of being in a cave and the warm lighting bounces alluringly off the walls. Whether solo at the bar or at a large table with friends, you can comfortably ignore the winter storm raging outside. The venue also hosts numerous events and pop-ups throughout the week, adding an extra layer of eclectic fun.

In Vino

Website

On a quiet block in the East Village resides this quaint restaurant that is passionate about making wine fun and accessible. The venue’s arched ceilings and wood beams feel like an underground wine cellar in an Italian vineyard. The wine list, about 200 deep, travels all around Italy, encouraging new discoveries. Lest this sound intimidating to you, be assured that this joint brings a bit of rock and roll edge to vino. The website boasts a rock-heavy playlist, humorous educational videos and the restaurant itself hosts weekly wine classes.

Shana Sokol is a wine blogger, freelance writer and event planner living in New York City. She holds an Advanced Certificate from Wine and Spirit Education Trust and is a graduate of two programs from American Sommelier. Learn more at www.shanaspeakswine.com. Follow her musings on Twitter and Instagram (@ShanaSpeaksWine) or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ShanaSpeaksWine.

 

                          



FEATURED EVENTS

New York Wine Events

November 8, 2020

A once-in-a-lifetime experience in Italy

Barolo and Barbaresco tour

Nov 8 – 14, 2020
6 nights, 7 days
Milan, Barolo, Alba, and Turin

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

November 7, 2020

Industry City, Brooklyn

Brooklyn Crush: Fall Edition

Experience the event Thrillist said was one of the things “You Absolutely Have to Do in NYC”

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

October 17, 2020

Chelsea, NYC

NYC Autumn Wine and Food Festival

space
Named by Wine Enthusiast magazine
“One of 12 wine festivals you should check out this fall”.

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

August 22, 2020

Jamesport, NY

Jazz In The Vines: Vincent Ingala

Saxophone Sensation.

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

August 8, 2020

Jamesport, NY

Jazz In The Vines: Alex Bugnon and Nelson Rangell

A pairing of smooth jazz all-stars.

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

August 1, 2020

Pier 40, NYC

Rosé Splash

Midsummer cruise + sumptuous tasting of rosé wines.

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

July 11, 2020

Jamesport, NY

Jazz In The Vines: Peter White

An evening with an extraordinary guitarist and performer

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

June 20, 2020

Riverhead, Long Island

North Fork Crush Wine & Artisanal Food Festival

Forget Napa–sample world class wines at a stunning vineyard without leaving New York!

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

June 2, 2020

Soho, NYC

Zinfandel Experience New York City

Sample the finest wines we present all year long.

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

May 9, 2020

Industry City, Brooklyn

Brooklyn Crush: Spring Edition

Want to discover new wines? Skip the far-away vineyards and head to Brooklyn. We have set up the hottest wine experience in the 5 boroughs.

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

April 18, 2020

Marlboro, NY

Wines & Bites!

Hudson Valley’s yummiest wine and food tasting event

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

March 31, 2020

Join us at the Rainbow Room from 6:00 - 8:00 PM

NY Drinks NY Grand Tasting

Don’t miss your chance to taste over 200 wines from 50 different New York wineries!

Click below to save $10 per ticket.

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

March 7, 2020

New York’s Premier Winter Wine Event

NYC Winter Wine and Food Festival

Enjoy a winter getaway without even leaving the city.

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

January 19, 2020

Riverhead, NY

RG|NY Blending Session

Join RG|NY winemaker Lilia Perez, for a unique tasting and blending session.

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

December 14, 2019

Ulster & Orange Counties, NY

Wreath Fineries at the Wineries

Don’t miss the ultimate holiday wine tasting event in the Hudson Valley. Sales end Thursday, Dec 12 at 11:59pm!

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

November 14, 2019

New York, NY

Around The World In 10 Wines

Experience a global tasting in 2 hours with award-winning artisan cheese and charcuterie

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

November 9, 2019

Brooklyn

Brooklyn Crush: Fall Edition

Experience the event Thrillist said was one of the things “You Absolutely Have to Do in NYC”

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

October 19, 2019

Chelsea, NYC

NYC Autumn Wine and Food Festival

space
Named by Wine Enthusiast magazine
“One of 12 wine festivals you should check out this fall”.

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

September 19, 2019

Union Square Park, NYC

Harvest In The Square

The 24th annual event is September 19 in Union Square Park in Manhattan.

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

August 24, 2019

Jamesport, NY

Jazz In The Vines: Alex Bugnon & Marc Antoine

A meeting of 2 contemporary jazz giants

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

August 10, 2019

Jamesport, NY

Jazz In The Vines: Peter White

An evening with an extraordinary guitarist and performer

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

August 3, 2019

Manhattan, Chelsea Piers

Rosé Splash

Midsummer cruise

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

July 20, 2019

Riverhead

Summer Rose and Bubbly Fest

At a 200-acre vineyard. Half indoors (air-conditioned), half outdoors (ventilated tent). Free, cold bottled water & seltzer.

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

July 13, 2019

Jamesport, NY

Jazz In The Vines: Spyro Gyra

A great opening evening for 2019

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

June 29, 2019

Lake George, NY

Adirondack Wine & Food Festival 2019

The 5th annual event is June 29 & 30th in scenic Lake George, NY.

PURCHASE TICKETS

RELATED WINE BLOGS

Thursday, February 20th, 2020

The Adelaide Hills, South Australia
Australia is a pretty big country with almost 7.7 million square kilometers of land. There’s a whole lot of people in it too but what we’re looking at are the abundant wine regions throughout this southern continent. We’ve covered a few so far but this article is focused on the Adelaide Hills in Southern Australia. - Read More
Read more...

Wednesday, February 12th, 2020

Event Spotlight: NYC Winter Wine and Food Festival
The NYC Winter Wine and Food Festival is our flagship event for the winter season and we are so excited to bring it back for the 11th year! On March 7th, you can join us for an extravagant day of sampling and tasting over 100 wines from all over the world. Throughout your selected session, - Read More
Read more...

Wednesday, February 5th, 2020

Cheese and Barbera Wine in Piedmont
Piedmont, Italy is one of the Old World’s most famous wine regions, producing some of the world’s best wines in one small corner of Italy.  One of these is Barbera, the most widely planted red grape in Piedmont. For many years, it was made as a mass-produced table wine that was consumed throughout the country - Read More
Read more...
LOAD MORE