Despite what you might think, New York City heats up when the temperatures drop. From tucked-away cocktail bars to some seriously amazing cold-weather comfort food, there’s something for everyone when the seasons start to change.
Before the next polar vortex rolls around, bookmark this list of my must-see spots(and be sure to visit corals + cognacs for even more local recommendations).
Here’s where to wine and dine in New York this winter:
il buco: A romantic, rusting dinner spot that’s perfect for date night. Despite it’s popular downtown location, this restaurant will make you feel like your world’s away. If you can, request a seat in the wine cellar.
Cookshop: Fresh farm-to-table fare at a reasonable price point. Plus, a drink menu to boot. Go for brunch; come back for dinner.
Ivan Ramen: One benefit of living on the East Coast? Amazing, cold weather comfort food. Layering season is the perfect time to up the ante on those salty, meaty, noodle-based dishes.
Egg Shop: No weekend is complete without brunch, and all bets are off now that beach season is over. Whet your appetite with a bacon salt-rimmed Bloody Mary – your choice of booze. (I know, right? GET THE DOOR!)
The Spotted Pig: When cocktailing isn’t enough to warm you up from the cold, the comfort food at this cozy New York spot should do the trick. Order the burger and don’t plan to share your French fries. Keep your eyes peeled for celebs!
The Lobby Bar at the Bowery Hotel: You may have to battle the out-of-town hotel guests for a seat on one of the plush couches, but this off-the-radar cocktail bar is worth the fight. Might I suggest namesake Bowery beverage? It’s a floral concoction that fuses Bulldog gin and a splash of champs.
Death + Co.: A high-end sanctuary for fellow booze enthusiasts – and an integral part of New York’s cocktailing culture.
Contributing Editor, Hallie Wilson is the blogger behind corals + cognacs, an almost-daily dose of life and style. Here, she shares outfit inspirations, wardrobe creations and general musings on her evolving list of latest obsessions. Offline, Hallie takes time to enjoying life's little luxuries – like shoe shopping, manicures, and Zara.