By Lisa Crawford 


Winter is the best season for being with friends and celebrating the holidays. But it is also the best season for eating! So get your appetite ready because these are the best places to whet your whistle this winter.



This cozy & rustic spot is ideal for a winter date. Chilly temperatures are great for curling up and enjoying a nice glass of wine.  The lighting is intimate and will make you feel warm inside. Some tasty dishes include the Lamb Meatballs and the Paella. Yum!


64 W 10th St New York, NY 10011

House of Small Wonder  


The adorably decorated House of Small Wonder is such a great spot to grab a delicious sandwich. Located in Williamsburg, this Japanese eatery is quaint meets classy. The lively décor makes you feel outdoorsy, yet refined. Known mostly for breakfast and lunch food, you’ll find items like the Ham & Cheese Croissant, Chicken Meatballs and the Avocado Goat Cheese Sandwich. We highly recommend heading to Williamsburg this winter.

77 N 6th St Brooklyn, NY 11211

Minetta Tavern


Picture a crisp winter day with blue skies. Now picture a bright and warm dining room ready for you and your friends to enjoy a delicious brunch. You will love the old world décor at Minetta Tavern. The checkered floors are juxtaposed with beautiful cherry wood and ivory furnishings. And the food is delectable. The Black Label Burger and the Roasted Bone Marrow are among the best on the menu.

113 Macdougal St New York, NY 10012

The Cellar 


Nothing says warm like heading down to The Cellar for some delicious cheese and appetizing dishes. Sitting right below Beechers Handmade Cheese, The Cellar offers a wonderful variety of Mac n’ Cheese. The dining room is dimly lit with comfy couches. You’ll feel right at home eating comfort food in the warm atmosphere.

900 Broadway New York, NY 10003

The East Pole


On the Upper East Side you will find The East Pole, an adorably cozy and romantic date spot. The wine list is great and matches well with the menu items. Try the Chicken Kiev as a great entrée. Also open for brunch, The East Pole is a good spot to bring out of town guests visiting for the holidays.

133 E 65th St New York, NY 10065

Holiday Cocktail Lounge


Winter weather brings thoughts of holiday lights and charming lounges to party the night away. And while the décor is a bit kitschy with garland and lights, it definitely gets you in the holiday spirit. Serving mostly drinks, like the tasty Tom Collins, there are bar items too. The Holiday Cocktail Lounge boasts a wide assortment of cocktails and beer to choose from. At this spot, you will definitely not be feeling the winter blues.

75 Saint Marks Pl New York, NY 10003

Lil’ Frankie’s


Cute and quaint don’t begin to describe Lil’ Frankie’s. This spot is the perfect place to unwind on a cold winter’s day. The exposed brick and the cozy, yet eclectic décor of the Italian restaurant are what NYC nights are made of.  Tantalizing dishes like the Spaghetti Limon and the Mezzi Rigatoi Polpettini will keep you coming back to Lil’ Frankie’s again and again.

19 1st Ave New York, NY 10003

Rabbithole Restaurant


Heading to Brooklyn can sometimes feel like a trip down the metaphoric Rabbit hole, but in this case, the Rabbithole Restaurant will not end in a dream. The fun and adorable atmosphere of this rustic restaurant and bar is an ideal spot to eat, drink and be merry this winter. Definitely try the steaming mussels as an appetizer. The Lamb Burger is also sure to fill your appetite and keep you full and warm.

352 Bedford Ave Brooklyn, NY 11211

Tiny’s & the Bar Upstairs


The welcoming TriBeCa watering hole is nothing short of cozy meets tasty. Items like the Cheeseburger may seem like a simple staple, but Tiny’s does it just right. Great for lunch with friends, you will love coming in from the cold and dining at Tiny’s.


Flinders Lane


The East Village is known for having the cutest spots to stop and grab a bite. Flinders Lane is just that. With an array of delicious items like Chicken San Choi Bau and Coconut Curry Laksa, you’ll be warmed from the second you walk through the adorable wooden doors.

162 Ave A New York, NY 10009








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