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9 Cozy Restaurants for Fireside Dining in Westchester

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Courtesy The Inn at Pound Ridge by Jean-Georges
By Samantha Garbarini
with Hannah Teligades and Sabrina Weiss

From stately stone hearths to miniature fireplaces right on the table, these romantic locales offer the best fireside meals Westchester County has to offer.

Crabtree’s Kittle House

11 Kittle Rd, Chappaqua; 914.666.8044

A table by the fire at this Chappaqua stalwart has long been considered one of the county’s most romantic reservations (especially with a vintage from the 50,000+ bottle wine cellar). The elegant, farm-sourced menu is cozy, too, with dishes like butternut squash and apple soup, slow-braised grass-fed short ribs, and pan-roasted guinea hen au jus.

The Farmhouse at Bedford Post Inn

954 Old Post Rd, Bedford; 914.234.7800

The cream-colored dining room at this Relais & Chateaux property is exactly the kind of place where you’ll want to linger over lobster risotto or roasted venison on a cold winter evening. When the weather warms up, a cozy outdoor fireplace nook is equally inviting.

Photo courtesy of Bedford Post Inn

Flames Steakhouse

121 E Main St, Elmsford; 914.592.3500

The marble fireplace accentuates the retro-steakhouse vibe at Nikolla Vulaj’s Elmsford restaurant, where the menu touches on all the classics from Caesar salad and colossal shrimp cocktail to twin lobster tails and dry-aged porterhouse in sizzling butter, served with special occasion pomp.

Photo by Doug Schneider

Goosefeather

At the Tarrytown Estate
49 E Sunnyside Ln, Tarrytown; 914.829.5454

Chef Dale Talde serves up Cantonese dishes in a vibrant setting of ceiling murals, historic woodwork bookshelves, and intricate antique fireplaces that showcase the rich history of the building. Sip on a Shagwong Sling from the sleek bar and slurp on a bowl of Wild Mushroom Slippery Noodles while taking in the surrounding beauty.

Half Moon

1 High St, Dobbs Ferry; 914.693.4130

Serving casual yet sophisticated American cuisine, the fireplace in the dining room compliments the restaurant’s waterfront views. Sip on a specialty cocktail like “Goofy Boy” or a winter rum punch bowl while you warm up before dinner, which consists of upscale American dishes like tuna tartar, seafood bruschetta, and braised pork shank.

Harvest on Hudson

1 River St, Hastings-on-Hudson; 914.478.2800

When the weather’s warm, the best seats at Harvest on Hudson are outside on the charming, landscaped patio with views of the Hudson River. As of a few months ago, winter’s best seats are now at the bar, where you can have your own miniature, modern glass fireplaces right on the table.

The Horse and Hound Inn

94 Spring St, South Salem; 914.763.3108

Here, the food is just as cozy as the fireplace, with a charming interior of dark wood floors, tables, and fireplaces along with a mix of classic pub dishes like Sue’s Homemade Chili and Italian staples like Chicken Marsala.

The Inn at Pound Ridge by Jean-Georges

258 Westchester Ave, Pound Ridge; 914.764.1400

At celebrated chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s only Westchester restaurant, the luxurious, Asian-inflected farm-to-table menu is the main draw. A close second is the effortlessly rustic-chic décor, complete with four working fireplaces that anchor the spacious dining room.

Photo courtesy of The Inn at Pound Ridge

La Camelia Restaurant

234 N Bedford Rd, Mount Kisco; 914.666.2466

While enjoying a towering pitcher of sangria, diners in the main dining area have the comfortable benefit of a toasty fireplace, a perfect complement to crowd-pleasing paella Valenciana, served in the classic paella dish; and, Bife Na Pedra, plated on a cooking stone.

La Vista

355 Smith Ridge Rd, South Salem; 914.533.2671

Atmosphere is one of the charms at this under-the-radar Italian spot in South Salem, whether it’s old-school tableside presentations by the fire, or cracking open a bottle of wine under a red umbrella in the lush vegetable and herb garden.

Modern on the Rails

1 Station Plz, 914.777.9300

The second restaurant from the owners of Modern in New Rochelle, this location in the Mamaroneck train station has a contemporary Italian menu and tons of character with exposed brick walls, tin ceilings, and an intricate fireplace with a polished wood mantle.

One Twenty One

2 Dingle Ridge Rd, North Salem; 914.669.0121

Located in an antique home with a wraparound porch, the vibe at One Twenty One is, well, homey, from the cozy fireplace to Chef Beck Bolender’s New American comfort food menu.

Peter Pratt’s Inn

673 Croton Heights Rd, Yorktown Heights; 914.962.4090

The inviting fireplace only adds to the historical charm of this colonial-house-turned-restaurant. Located in the dining room, sit by the fireplace to warm up while sipping on some house sangria during happy hour, or dive into some pan seared scallops over risotto.

Purdy’s Farmer & The Fish

100 Titicus Rd, North Salem; 914.617.8380

Enjoy fresh produce from the 18th-century farmhouse’s very own garden (even in the winter!) while seated around the impressive stone fireplace in the middle of the dining room. For seafood fans, satisfy all of your raw bar desires with the expansive oyster options. If the fireplace isn’t enough to warm you up, then the Maine Lobster Ramen or Amish Fried Chicken with hot honey is sure to do the trick.

Rye Grill and Bar

1 Station Plz, Rye; 914.967.0332

Not one, but three fireplaces make this three-story, 14,000-square-foot building feel cozy. Enjoy a choice of seemingly-endless dishes while lounging by one of the fireplaces, whether that’s street tacos, pizza, mussels, or steak.

The Tap House

16 Depot Sq, Tuckahoe; 914.337.6941

At this restaurant from the Pearl Restaurant Group, the tall stone fireplace is the focal point of the room, creating a cozy atmosphere that goes perfectly with the restaurant’s stick-to-your-ribs gastropub menu.