With the weeks leading up to the holidays, weight loss festive window displays go up, ampoule the holiday markets are teeming with good cheer, and the streets are a perpetual display of exceptional winter fashion. Walking up and down 5th Avenue will fill you with both envy and inspiration as you take in the luxurious coats and to-die-for boots. It would all be the picture of a fabulous winter wonderland if it weren’t for the dowdiest element of the season: the biting cold. When you’ve put together that perfect outfit and want to show it off without risking a very unglamorous chill, curl up and settle down at these five chic New York City spots.

Raines Law Room

If you love all things Gatsby and count the McKittrick as one of your favorite haunts, The Raines Law Room should be next on your list of stylish speakeasies. Everything about this hidden gem is conducive to luxurious hibernating: private curtained booths, a beautifully designed menu of fine cocktails, and an old fashioned pull-chain with which to summon your server. Descend the stairs at Raines’ inconspicuous Chelsea location, check your parka at the door, and cozy up with a few well-crafted drinks.



There are many ways to escape the cold, but few are more effective than shameless chocolate therapy. L.A. Burdick Chocolate’s intimate European-style café is nestled in the Flatiron District, and it’s the perfect place to snack on some of the city’s most delicious chocolates. Order a decadent pastry and sip on gourmet drinking chocolate while you observe the fabulous fashions of the neighborhood passing by.


Grand Central

For those in need of a cozy spot in Midtown with a sense of style, Ground Central Coffee Company is a must-visit. While cafes with products of this caliber can be pretentious or aesthetically predictable, Ground Central invites customers in and keeps them interested with a beautiful library, warm wooden floors and tables, an arresting custom mural of New York, and a top-notch pour-over bar for the discerning caffeine addict.



Sarabeth’s is a New York institution, and for good reason. Beyond its phenomenal pastries, delicious creamy tomato soup, and famous jams, its atmosphere has a chic simplicity that will put you in a warm mood no matter what the temperature is outside. On a blustery winter day, head to Sarabeth’s for the Afternoon Tea Tower. Between the sweets, the finger sandwiches, and a fresh pot of Harney & Sons Tea, the frostbite you were concerned about moments ago will be all but a distant memory.


Angus Club Steakhouse

Angus Club Steakhouse may appear to be just another building from the outside, but the minute you step inside you are transported to an elegant mansion with enormous mirrors, an incredible wine cellar, and expertly dry aged steaks. Angus Club is not fashioned after the hyper-masculine steakhouses of yore. The size of the space is certainly not subtle, but the decor is decadent without being overbearing. Even if you don’t stay for a full steak dinner, stop by for a glass of wine and make sure to take a bathroom break so you have an excuse to explore the gorgeous downstairs area of the restaurant.


-Naakai Addy