Our 10 Best Wintery Restaurants


In the summer, sometimes all you want is a taco from a cart, a tomato salad, or a cold beer and sausage, eaten outside at the Bohemian Beer Garden. But winter calls for more substantial fare–bread dumplings that will insulate your ribs like a puffy ski jacket, pizza crackling hot from a wood-fired oven, steamy momos that warm your face like a meat-scented sauna.

There are certain restaurants that are best enjoyed when the temperature falls, that almost make us glad it’s seven degrees outside because it gives us an excuse to eat stew and drink mulled wine in front of a fire. These are restaurants that, as Wallace Stevens wrote in his poem, Snow Man, give you “a mind of winter.”

Our picks for the best wintery restaurants of New York are right this way.

Presented in no particular order, our runners up:

Toby’s Public House (Pizza; 686 Sixth Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-788-1186)
Wood-burning oven just feet from the tables, congenial bar, charred-crust pizza

Katz’s Delicatessen (Deli; 205 East Houston Street, 212-254-2246)
Pastrami tastes best in winter

Henry’s End (American; 44 Henry Street, Brooklyn, 718-834-1776)
Cozy room, wild game

Cafe Katja (Austrian; 79 Orchard Street, 212-219-9545)
Stick-to-your ribs food like goulash with spatzle, schnapps list

Milan (Slovak; 710 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-788-7384)
Old-school Slovak: bread dumplings, roast pork, beer

Book Chang Dong (Korean; 15222 Northern Blvd, Queens, 718-961-2001)
Specializes in bubbling-hot soondubu, soft tofu stew, ask for extra spicy

Grand Sichuan House (Sichuan; 8701 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-680-8887)
Hot pot, Chongqing chicken

Restaurant Tbilisi (Georgian; 811 Kings Highway, Brooklyn, 718-382-6485)
Khachapuri Adjarian (cheese bread): dough, egg, cheese, and butter

Top Cafe Tibet (Tibetan; 1510 Cortelyou Road, Brooklyn, 718-941-2725)
Rumbles cozily when the Q train goes by, fat, meat-and-egg-stuffed momos, hearty noodle soup

August (European; 359 Bleecker Street, 212-929-4774)
Wood-fired oven, roasted suckling pig

Soldier on to find out which restaurants made the top 10.

10. Highlands (Scottish gastropub; 150 West 10th Street, 212-229-2670)
Long Scotch list, braised lamb shank, shepherd’s pie, haggis

9. Peasant (Italian; 194 Elizabeth Street, 212-965-9511)
Wood-burning oven, good wine list, goat lasagna

8. Molly’s (Irish pub; 287 Third Avenue, 212-889-3361)
Cozy cottage feel, lamb stew, fireplace

7. Blind Tiger (Beer pub; 281 Bleecker Street, 212-462-4682)
Great beer, including from cask, perpetually crowded (body heat!), fireplace, warming soups and sandwiches

6. Black Mountain Winehouse (Wine bar, snacks; 415 Union Street, Brooklyn, 718-522-4340)
Warm wood farmhouse feel, fireplace, nice wine list, good, cheap house wine, mac-and-cheese

The top five, coming right up.

5.Chez Napoleon (French; 365 West 50th Street, 212-265-6980)
Heavy, unreconstructed, old-school French: Try the wild boar stew

4. Donovan’s Pub (Irish pub; 57-24 Roosevelt Avenue, Queens, 718-429-9339)
Hot, strong Irish coffee, fireplace, massive, gut-warming burgers

3. Spicy and Tasty (Sichuan; 39-07 Prince Street, Queens, 718-359-1601)
Copious chiles and Sichuan peppercorns warm you up, or at least numb you to the cold

2. Kom Tang Soot Bull (Korean; 32 West 32nd Street, Second floor, 212-947-8482)
Charcoal barbecue over which to warm both your hands and your kalbi

1. Savoy, upstairs dining room (Greenmarket, new American; 70 Prince Street, 212- 219-8570)
Old 1830s townhouse, roaring fireplace, confit pork shoulder

Have a favorite place to warm up that we missed? Do tell.


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