1. Four & Twenty Blackbirds, Gowanus
Want to warm your body from the inside out? One slice of warm, gooey pie from here should do the trick. They have a seasonal menu that rotates, so it’s always a surprise what you might get. For their fall menu, we recommend the Salty Honey or the salted caramel apple pie.
Where: 439 3rd Ave., Gowanus
2. Smalls Jazz Club, Greenwich Village
Founded in 1994, Smalls is the perfect refuge from the colder weather in New York City. This Greenwich Village jazz joint is focused on the musicians and hosts an impressive breeding ground for unrivaled talent. Get yourself a strong drink and warm your body and soul with Small’s great vibes.
Where: 183 W. 10th St., Greenwich Village
3. Shoolbred’s, East Village
Large leather seats are sprawled around the fireplace at this East Village pub. The crackling fire and dimly lit bar are the perfect reminders that it’s OK to sit and stay awhile as you sip your drink. Get there early and you can enjoy two-for-one drinks during happy hour.
Where: 197 Second Ave., East Village
4. MiN, SoHo
OK, so chances are you probably don’t have a fireplace in your NYC apartment. You’re not alone. If you want to sit fireside at home and fill the air with soothing aromas, you have to check out MiN. Its scented candles and oils are out of this world, and walking into the store is like burying your nose inside a warm hug.
Where: 117 Crosby St., SoHo
5. Indoor Extreme Sports, Long Island City
Have you ever wondered how you’d fare in the zombie apocalypse? This winter, you can find out, thanks to the zombie arena at Indoor Extreme Sports. This Long Island City play palace takes laser tag to the next level with its creative and immersive laser tag experiences.
Where: 47-11 Van Dam St., Long Island City
6. Union Hall, Park Slope
This massive Park Slope bar is the perfect spot to escape the cold. Downstairs you can enjoy live music, comedy, and dancing, while upstairs you can play bocce ball on one of two courts. There’s something here for everyone to warm their spirits with.
Where: 702 Union St., Park Slope
7. Russian Baths of Brooklyn, Sheepshead Bay
Soak your aching bones in the expansive Russian Baths of Brooklyn. There are plenty of steam rooms, saunas, and spas in which to unwind during the colder season.
Where: 1200 Gravesend Neck Road., Sheepshead Bay
8. Sahadi’s, Cobble Hill
Stepping inside of Sahadi’s is like stepping back in time. The moment you open the door your senses are delighted with the aromas of fresh spices and Mediterranean food. This unique Mediterranean shop has been serving New Yorkers since 1898. Hop in here to browse through some amazing exotic food and spices that are perfect for preparing at home to fight through winter.
Where: 187 Atlantic Ave., Cobble Hill
9. Dear Irving, Union Square
You’ll feel as though you’ve traveled back in time when you set foot in Dear Irving…literally. This bar was inspired by Woody Allen’s Midnight In Paris and boasts four different rooms representing four different eras. The era in which you’ll drink your cocktail is totally up to you.
Where: 55 Irving Place, Union Square
10. Shanghai Asian Manor, Chinatown
There are plenty of spots for soup dumplings in New York, but the consistency in flavor and quality at Shanghai Asian Manor is unmatched. Warm your belly with a hearty spoonful of pork xiao long bao.
Where: 21 Mott St., Chinatown
11. McNulty’s Tea & Coffee Co., Greenwich Village
This isn’t your ordinary coffee shop. No, McNulty’s is a Greenwich Village staple that has been serving New Yorkers coffee and tea since 1895. The second you open the door, you’re greeted with a welcoming waft of aromas, and you’ll notice the no-frills old-world charm of the establishment.
Where: 109 Christopher St., Greenwich Village
12. Black Mountain Wine House, Carroll Gardens
Romantics can find refuge at the ever-inviting Black Mountain Wine House. The rustic charm of this wine bar is accented by the flickering glow of the fireplace. This is the perfect spot to share a bottle of wine with some great company.
Where: 415 Union St., Carroll Gardens
13. La Morada, The Bronx
Chocolate fiends and pepper lovers of all types will love this family-owned restaurant serving up authentic Oaxacan food. Fresh, warm tortillas are perfect dipped in any of their six different mole sauces. After, wash your meal down with Oaxacan hot chocolate.
Where: 308 Willis Ave., The Bronx
14. Prune, East Village
Most brunch places give you the option of a Bloody Mary or mimosa. Prune is not your typical brunch place. Instead, they give you a full Bloody Mary menu, with favorites like the Bloody Bullshot. You’ll need a reservation to get in, but it’s worth it once you sip the Bloody Mary and sink your teeth into a Danish pancake.
Where: 54 E. 1st St., East Village
15. Bayou, Staten Island
If you’ve been to New Orleans, you know Cajun food is more than a dish — it’s a feeling. Though Staten Island is a ways from Louisiana, but they sure do know how to perfectly serve you that Southern comfort in its dishes and its ambiance. Treat yourself to something new, like alligator bites or the crawfish etouffee.
Where: 1072 Bay St., Staten Island
16. Jin Ramen, Harlem
There’s nothing quite as comforting as a hot soup on a cold day. This small ramen shop in Harlem may not seem like much from the outside, but get a dish like the miso ramen or the steamed pork buns and you’ll quickly learn its healing magic.
Where: 3183 Broadway, Harlem
17. Nitehawk, Williamsburg
This small theater is the perfect winter escape. Enjoy food and craft cocktails while you watch movies new and old.
Where: 136 Metropolitan Ave., Williamsburg
18. Full Circle Bar, Williamsburg
If you play your cards right and come on a Thursday or Sunday, you can play skeeball for free. There are several skeeball machines in the back, so you can enjoy cheap drinks while going head to head with your friends in some skeeball.
Where: 318 Grand St., Williasmburg