Few things are cozier than a crackling fire on a chilly evening. Pair it with a delicious meal and you’ve got the recipe for a perfect winter night out. Plan a quiet evening at one of these Central New York restaurants with fireplaces that will keep you well fed and warm.
Snuggle into one of these spots:
First, enjoy a cocktail by the fire in the well-appointed bar area at 1833 Kitchen. Daily happy hour starts at 3:00 p.m. The nearly 200-year-old gathering spot serves dinners breakfasts, and brunches made from scratch and full of local ingredients. The restaurant often holds special wine and holiday dinners. Across the street, Fargo Bar & Grill offers a more casual atmosphere. Burgers, sandwiches and bar snacks are available at lunch and dinner. Sip a cold craft beer from their long list as the fireplace glows.
The Antlers, Ithaca
A reclaimed fieldstone hearth is the centerpiece of this casual dining spot. Comforting favorites such as filet mignon, baby back ribs and chicken marsala are featured on the menu. Nightly specials include jumbo burgers and a three-course dinner deal on Sundays.
The Boatyard Grill, Ithaca
The Boatyard Grill is known for its lakeside outdoor deck. However, this restaurant has a fireplace in the bar area to make it appealing during the winter, too. The place is usually packed with guests savoring entrees, for example a long list of seafood options and a Maker’s Mark Sirloin. Moreover, come back on Sunday because the brunch menu features Cast-iron Corned Beef Hash and French Toasted Bread Pudding.
Before you eat, explore the charming villages these restaurants reside in.
Brae Loch Inn, Cazenovia
The Brae Loch Inn has five fireplaces and dining rooms with lots of intimate spots where you can enjoy their creative American cuisine. The menu includes fresh seafood dishes and prime cuts of Angus beef. In addition, it boasts the largest selection of Single Malt Scotch in Central New York.
The Brewster Inn, Cazenovia
When you’re looking for Central New York restaurants with fireplaces, The Brewster is a can’t-miss. This historic mansion on Cazenovia Lake is the recipient of awards from DiRoNA (Distinguished Restaurants of North America) and Wine Spectator. It also features a large fireplace in the lobby and gas fireplaces in two of its dining rooms. Chef’s Table dinners, tasting menus that are prepared in front of you, are offered most Fridays. Past themes have included Peruvian, truffles, game meats and Spanish tapas.
The Chop House on Waring, Syracuse
The Chop House on Waring, ranked #2 this fall by Syracuse.com for CNY’s Best Steak, has three fireplaces – a main fireplace and fireplaces in the bar area and a private dining room. (The restaurant also has another dining room where you can see the fireplace but are not exposed to it.) Its extensive menu features six different types of steak, along with lamp chops, pork chops, duck, chicken and other entrees, homemade soups and a selection of eight to 10 desserts.
Kilpatrick’s Publick House, Ithaca
Kilpatrick’s is an upscale traditional Irish pub restaurant with an ample bar menu. You can’t go wrong with any of their burgers, sandwiches or kicked up mac & cheeses. A rural cottage-inspired dining area features a ceiling-height stone fireplace and a mural of the Irish countryside. The restaurant is located on downtown Ithaca’s Commons, a popular neighborhood full of shops, restaurants and public art.
Several of these restaurants are by the waterfront, making them excellent summer stops, too.
The Krebs, Skaneateles
The Krebs, a Skaneateles landmark for more than 100 years, has fireplaces in its dining room and lounge. With a focus on the freshest local ingredients, menus are adapted to the season. The Krebs is one of two CNY restaurants (along with The Brewster Inn) to receive “Two Glass” honors from Wine Spectator. The restaurant’s net profits are donated to women’s and children’s charities.
Moro’s Table, Auburn
Moro’s Table offers classical, French-inspired global cuisine. Dishes take advantage of local ingredients whenever possible. You’ll find sushi, mussels, and meat and seafood dishes that can be ordered as appetizers or entrees. After that, stay for cocktail and a decadent dessert while the fireplace sets the mood in the dining room.
The Ridge, Chittenango
Nestled in the woods of Chittenango (and somewhat challenging to find), The Ridge has two stories for seating, with a circular stone fireplace in the middle of its first-floor dining room. Menus change seasonally. Winter offerings include braised beef brisket, homemade over-stuffed mushroom ravioli and comfort dishes like home-style meatloaf.
Rosalie’s Cucina, Skaneateles
Authentic Tuscan cuisine and a massive wine list have made this a popular spot since the mid-1990s. A large tile-surrounded fireplace draws attention; likewise the thousands of signatures of past diners, local and celebrity. House-made pastas accompany flavorful meats and fresh seafood, with gluten free and vegetarian options available. Stop in the bakery for their signature bread.
Scenic Root, Manlius
The Scenic Root offers classic American Cuisine and prides itself on providing “a fair value, great service, and a little something for everyone.” Delicious soups and desserts complement a menu that changes seasonally (and described by many as “amazing”). Plus, you get a great view of the swan pond.
When selecting a Central New York restaurant with a fireplace, you can go formal or casual.
Scotch ‘N Sirloin and the S2 Bistro, DeWitt
The Scotch, which encompasses a steakhouse, bar and bistro, offers fine dining in a rustic, comfortable atmosphere. Its wood-burning fireplace is about 10 feet in diameter with a huge copper hood and produces massive fires that eliminate the need for heating. Choose the bistro for a casual, upbeat atmosphere, or the dining room for a more formal experience. Up the cozy factor in a booth (especially the round corner booth behind the fireplace), then top off your meal with an after dinner (spiked) coffee, port or cognac. To celebrate 50+ years in the community, Scotch ‘N Sirloin offers 50% off 50 bottled wines (with the purchase of dinner) Mondays and Tuesdays.
Sherwood Inn, Skaneateles
The Sherwood Inn has wood-burning fireplaces in its lobby, where guests can gather and enjoy cocktails, and in its tavern and main dining room. Menus change seasonally but always include the classics: Yankee Pot Roast, Scrod Christopher and Pan-seared Pecan Salmon. On Fridays, The Sherwood offers a raw bar in the tavern from 5 to 8 pm. The Sherwood, a former stagecoach stop, dates to 1807.
Now that you know about some of the best Central New York restaurants with fireplaces, the question is, what are you in the mood for?
Adapted from a story that originally ran in Central New York Magazine.