When I think of a perfect late winter evening, there is one element that makes or breaks it, and that’s a fireplace. For me, the smell of burning wood, the heat of a fire, the flash of orange—these are the things that warm my soul when the weather outside is… frightful. On the East End, there are more than a few great restaurants with cozy fireplaces. Here are some spots to warm up at—before spring officially arrives.
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If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to snag a table right next to the fire at this East Hampton haunt, where the bubbling onion soup makes for the perfect winter lunch. Approachable food and a fireplace? I can get behind that.
Baiting Hollow’s Cooperage Inn is known for their cozy, homey atmosphere and their equally appealing food. Added bonus? A fireplace, front and center in the restaurant’s dining room.
Downstairs, in the tavern of this restaurant and inn, low ceilings, wood accents, and a roaring fire make this one of the best places to enjoy a meal on a cold evening. The tavern burger was already great. Enjoying it in front of the fire is infinitely better.
This 1840s-era Sag Harbor stalwart is all about classic food and décor. There are only a few tables in the bar area, where you’ll find the fireplace, but if you arrive at the right time, you can grab a table in the heart of it all.
In Jamesport, enjoy an intimate dinner at this lovely restaurant and inn, all while warming your hands, feet, and heart by the fire. If you’re feeling too sleepy to travel afterwards, there’s no reason not to book a room.