Ambience is everything.
As the cold months hit and the chill is powerful enough to keep even New Yorkers indoors, warmth and coziness become prized characteristics of all the restaurants and bars that boast them. And topping the list of what adds warmth and coziness to a space: a fireplace.
Here are some spots to warm up while dining and imbibing.
Shake Shack DUMBO has a gas fireplace that is meant to evoke the waterfront Brooklyn vibe of the neighborhood. Cozy up with your ShackBurger fireside! 1 Old Fulton St., Brooklyn, shakeshack.com (Credit: DNA Architects)
Chef Geoffrey Zakarian's midtown restaurant The Lambs Club already has ambiance in spades but the fireplace really makes it one of the city's coziest spots. 132 W. 44th St., Manhattan, thelambsclub.com (Credit: The Lambs Club)
Any good tavern needs a fireplace. Order up some borough-themed drinks at the bar, grab a luxe bar snack (clams casino, warm apple crisp) and cozy up on the leather couches near the fireplace. Dim lighting and the elegance of Central Park outside makes this the perfect cold weather set-up. 67th St. and Central Park West, Manhattan, tavernonthegreen.com (Credit: Melissa Kravitz )
Known for rowdy (and exclusive) pool parties in the warmer months, cuddle up on the enclosed rooftop during New York's cooler seasons. Velvet seating in the candlelit room adds to the fireplace ambience. Reserve a spot in advance and relax in opulence. 15 Thompson St., Manhattan, jimmysoho.com (Credit: HearthCabinet Ventless Fireplace)
Cozy up with a good book, or more likely a good meal with good company, at The Writing Room. Formerly home to Upper East Side favorite Elaine's, this library-inspired restaurant serves up crowd-pleasing fare like rotisserie chicken and spaghetti with meatballs in a cozy ambience. Be sure to request a seat by the fire if making a reservation. 1703 Second Ave., Manhattan, thewritingroomnyc.com (Credit: HearthCabinet Ventless Fireplace)
The Gregory Hotel's lobby bar boasts a grand fireplace with a gorgeous wood mantle and leather couches from which to enjoy it. This is a great place to swing by for after-work drinks. 42 W. 35th St., Manhattan, thegregoryhotelnewyork.com (Credit: Gregory Hotel)
Luxury boutique hotel New York Edition may not be on the top of your mind for a relaxing drink, but don't let the tourists and luggage fool you. Cozy armchairs laden with (clean) faux fur blankets offer an apres-ski ambiance in front of the fireplace just steps from Madison Square Park. For an extra boost of warmth, go for El Chapo Chino cocktail ($18), made with warm and caffeinated Herradura reposado tequila, Averna amaro, Coca Cola syrup, mole bitters and topped with a double shot of espresso and milk foam. 5 Madison Ave., Manhattan, editionhotels.com (Credit: New York Edition)
Run by cocktail expert Julie Reiner, Clover Club is a Boerum Hill cocktail bar and restaurant that's always packed to the gills with craft cocktail lovers. The space is divided into two rooms. The front boasts seating looking out onto Smith Street and the impressive bar, and the back features comfortable vintage furniture that brings to mind the sitting room in "Downton Abbey" and a charming fireplace. When the wind is howling outside, snagging a spot in the backroom is like finding gold. 210 Smith St., Brooklyn, cloverclubny.com (Credit: Facebook/ Clover Club)
Roll into this bowling alley to warm up near the spacious fireplace. Host a holiday party at the lanes or just bring in a few friends for some friendly competition. Not into bowling? Just go for the cocktails, stay for the eclectic menu featuring items like a monster burger and a giant chocolate chip cookie served in a skillet with ice cream. Be sure to secure your spot by the fire! 222 W. 44th St., Manhattan, bowlmor.com (Credit: HearthCabinet Ventless Fireplace)
If you're looking for a classic dive meets college bar, Angry Wade's is the place. There's pool, happy hour specials, free popcorn, dingy interiors and yes, a fireplace. Somehow all of the components come together flawlessly and make this one of the most convenient and undeniable charming bars in Brooklyn. It's been around for awhile now, unsurprisingly, despite rumors of its impending demise. 224 Smith St., Brooklyn, 718-488-7253 (Credit: Facebook/ Angry Wade's)
An "Old New York" characterizes this wooden walled restaurant, accented with four brick fireplaces. Warm up by the flames with a Bourbon Flight ($24-$35) or dig into hearty fare like the roasted Amish chicken with crushed fingerling potatoes and farro squash risotto ($25). 146 Tenth Ave., 212-921-7772, fillmoreroom.com (Credit: The Fillmore Room )
Bijan's quietly opened a couple of years ago on a sleepy corner in Boerum Hill. But the space and the food are very charming -- including the fireplace located front and center in the dining room. 81 Hoyt St., Brooklyn, bijansbrooklyn.com (Credit: Twitter/ BijansBrooklyn)
This Gramercy area bar has been around since 1895 (closed a bit in between then and now) and is a favorite among locals. It's an Irish pub through and through, but stands out for its charm (wood-burning fireplace!) and it's food, which is basic but loved. 287 Third Ave., Manhattan, mollysshebeen.com (Credit: Molly's Shebeen)
This midtown restaurant is impressive in appearance, with the fireplace only adding to its glamour. 42 W. 35th St., Manhattan, brendansbar.com (Credit: Brendan's Bar & Grill)
If you love the classic feel of the West Village, you'll love Art Bar, which has been open for more than 20 years. Green leather booths and bar chairs, overstuffed and comfy couches and a fireplace in the backroom -- what more can you ask for? The bar also has a killer happy hour. 52 Eighth Ave., Manhattan, artbar.com (Credit: Facebook/ Art Bar)
Tucked away on a quiet corner of Carroll Gardens, Black Mountain Wine House is a neighborhood favorite that's known for its delicious wines, fireplace, small plates and Adirondack chairs out front. It's the perfect place to unwind after a busy day, or catch up with a loved one in hushed tones. 415 Union St., Brooklyn, blackmountainwinehouse.com (Credit: Ryan Charles)
This bar is old-school by Williamsburg standards -- it recently celebrated 10 years of business slinging drinks to the hip. The space features a u-shaped bar in the middle of the room and behind it a fireplace surrounded by tables. There's really no better place to get a drink in Williamsburg, even today all these years later. Cocktails are cheap, too. 437 Graham Ave., Brooklyn, daddysbarbrooklyn.com (Credit: FACEBOOK / Daddys-Brooklyn)