Ambience is everything.
As the cold months hit and the chill is powerful enough to keep even New Yorkers indoors, warmth and coziness reign supreme. But since we don't want to nest at home all season long, we give thanks to those restaurants and bars boasting a winter favorite: fireplaces.
Here are some spots where you can warm up while dining and imbibing.
Cozy up with your ShackBurger fireside: Shake Shack DUMBO has a gas fireplace warming up its industrial vibe. (1 Old Fulton St., Brooklyn, shakeshack.com) (Credit: DNA Architects)
The Lambs Club, Chef Geoffrey Zakarian's midtown restaurant, already has ambience 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)
Order up a borough-themed drink -- there's one for all five, including the gin-based Bronx and rum-centric Staten Island -- at the bar, grab a luxe bar snack and cozy up on the leather couches near the fireplace. Dim lighting and the elegance of Central Park outside make this the perfect cold weather go-to. (67th Street and Central Park West, tavernonthegreen.com ) (Credit: Melissa Kravitz )
Known for rowdy (and exclusive) pool parties in the warmer months, Jimmy's enclosed rooftop shifts gears during the cooler months to encourage cuddling up. Velvet seating in the candlelit room adds to the 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 (and/or good company) and a meal at The Writing Room, formerly home to Upper East Side favorite Elaine's. Be sure to request a seat by the fire if making a reservation. (1703 Second Ave., thewritingroomnyc.com) (Credit: HearthCabinet Ventless Fireplace)
The Gregory Hotel's lobby bar boasts a grand fireplace with a gorgeous wood mantle near strategically placed leather couches. Warm up on the way home with an after-work drink. (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 ambience 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., 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 with craft cocktail lovers. Divided into two rooms, the front boasts seating looking out onto Smith Street as well as an 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: Clover Club via Facebook)
Roll into this bowling alley to warm up near the spacious fireplaces before or after hitting the lanes -- or, just go for the cocktails and an eclectic menu featuring items like a monster burger and a giant chocolate chip cookie served in a skillet with ice cream. (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, where you can shoot some pool and enjoy 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 undeniably 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: Angry Wade's via Facebook)
An old New York feel permeates this wooden-walled restaurant that boasts four brick fireplaces. Warm up by the flames with a bourbon flight ($24 to $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, Manhattan, fillmoreroom.com ) (Credit: The Fillmore Room )
Located on a sleepy corner in Boerum Hill, Bijan's is very charming, and that includes the fireplace located front and center in the dining room. (81 Hoyt St., Brooklyn, bijansbrooklyn.com) (Credit: Bijans Brooklyn via Twitter)
This Gramercy-area bar has been around (on and off) since 1895 and is a favorite among locals. It's an Irish pub through and through, but stands out for its charm (including a wood-burning fireplace) and food, which is basic but beloved. (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: Art Bar via Facebook)
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. (415 Union St., Brooklyn, blackmountainwinehouse.com) (Credit: Ryan Charles)