The first official snowfall this season had New Yorkers gazing out their windows like wondrous children in awe of a white cityscape. Yet as the temperatures drop and the reality of winter sets in, our need for nice and cozy becomes second nature. This time of year, it’s essential to know those inviting, chic restaurants that become your culinary home-away-from-home. Here is your official go-to list for those yet-to-be-instagrammed brunches, miscellaneous meals and amorous nights out. Because… baby, it’s cold outside.
Searching for palm trees to wane those winter blues? Count Brigitte as your next island escape. Every square foot is as enchanting and charming as the muse herself, Brigitte Bardot. This Lower East Side gem is nestled on the corner of Canal and Ludlow — a recent trendy-hotbed for locals and foodie-photogs alike. Designed by Jeffrey White of EAU, the decor evokes rustic-elegance and is reminiscent of Brigitte’s adventures in St. Tropez and Brazil. If that isn’t enticing enough to get you through the doors, you should also know that restaurant theme is meant to celebrate the fearlessness and independence of every femme fatale in the city. Catch their Apéro happy hour on weeknights (5:30pm-7:30pm), or settle in for an evening filled with sultry entrées by Chef Thomas Besnard. Opt for Grass Fed Black Angus Steak with Red Chimichurri & Garlic Confit, or indulge in the sinfully satisfying Gnocchi à la Parisienne. This elevated, Mediterranean haven is perfect for your next *lit* girls’ night out.
Location: 37 Canal St New York 10002
Tonchin’s giant bowl of steaming, hot ramen is the only solution for when you need to feel your frozen limbs again. Want to know the best part? Tonchin is one of the only Raman destinations to offer authentic vegan ramen. This new-age Japanese outpost is historically rooted in over 20 years of family tradition. With the first restaurant having opened in Japan in 1992, this legacy has made its way onto NYC mid-town stomping grounds as the first location in the U.S. As you slurp down tonkotsu broth and home-made Japanese noodles, feast your eyes on the colorful interior design that feels more like an art gallery than a ramen house. Don’t forget your cocktail fix — try the Smoked Matcha or Wasabi Vodka Tonic.
Location: 13 W 36th Street New York City, NY 10018
Home-made mozzarella, organic baked bread, and Bucatini pasta — can you imagine a cozier date spot than inside a mansion-esque atmosphere just footsteps away from your next dance-sesh at the Jane Hotel? Old Rose (previously Cafe Gitane) conjures up every ounce of romance you can fathom. This idyllic haunt with its smoldering Italian fare is named after the legendary Rose from Titanic. These nostalgic vibes are enough to secure a second chance with your *almost lover*. Now, that’s amore.
Location: 113 Jane St, NY, NY 10014
Who doesn’t like the idea of moody-AF ambiance and staycation vibes? MADE Hotel’s Ferris restaurant sits inside of a buzzy destination and has got you covered for all lifestyle standards, especially during the colder months. Casually explore the hotel grounds and get acquainted with your neighbors before sipping gin cocktails at Ferris. When you’re all settled in at your table, enjoy candlelit entrées such as Blood Sausage, Lobster, and Cote Du Boeuf as moonlight pours into Manhattan.
Location: 44 W 29th St. New York, NY 10001
This West Village eatery is the chicest little thing since sliced [Italian] bread. Don Angie is owned and operated by husband and wife duo, Scott Tacinelli and Angie Rito. Its checkered floors and menu are reminiscent of a candy parlor — queue their Instagram-worthy cocktails and Buffalo Milk Caramelle pasta shaped like saltwater taffy. This West Village dwelling is a solid spot for saucy cravings and dim-lit demands.
Location: 103 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10014
Written by Kelsey Panicco
Brigitte Photography by Eduardo Cerruti and Stephanie Draime