Stay snug this month with our se­lec­tion of the cushi­est, co­zi­est din­ing spots to be found in the city. Hilda Hoy rounded up some of her fa­vorites.

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Restau­rants with fire­places – cozy, ro­man­tic, and sa­ti­at­ingly mes­mer­iz­ing.

When the weather takes a turn for the win­try, two things are cru­cial: stay­ing warm, and stay­ing well fed. Hearty, stick-to-your-ribs food is not only what does a body good come sub­zero tem­per­a­tures, it’s also what this land of meat and pota­toes does best. On a truly tough win­ter’s day, noth­ing warms the soul more than a crack­ling fire. There’s just some­thing about the gen­tle glow of the flames and the snap­ping of the logs that makes a fire­place mag­i­cal. Spend some time by the hearth at one of the fol­low­ing and you’ll have the win­ter blues beat.

In the sum­mer, Zoll­pack­hof (Elis­a­beth- Abegg-Str. 1, www. zoll­pack­hof.de) draws din­ers with its Ger­man-Aus­trian menu and an out­door beer gar­den over­look­ing the Spree River. In the win­ter, how­ever, it’s an equally at­trac­tive spot, still boast­ing the same view as well as an ex­tra-large fire­place. With cushy wooden ta­bles, a crack­ling fire in the hearth, and oc­ca­sional live mu­sic, La Ra­clette (Lausitzer Str. 34, www.la-ra­clette.de) is an es­pe­cially cozy spot on chilly nights and a per­fect date spot for snug­gling up. Or­der the sig­na­ture ra­clette dish and you’ll get a table­top grill for melt­ing the cheese into

“On a truly tough win­ter’s day, noth­ing warms the soul more than a crack­ling fire.”

a bub­bling, ooz­ing taste sen­sa­tion in the tra­di­tional French-Swiss way. Be­fore vis­it­ing

Café am Neuen See (Licht­en­steinallee 2, www.cafeam­neuensee.de), first take a walk in Tier­garten to take in the sprawl­ing park’s win­ter splen­dor – it’ll make fireside loung­ing at the pond-side lo­cale that much more of a re­ward. Cof­fee and cake are popular treats here in the win­ter months. Tucked into Grunewald for­est, Châlet Suisse (Clay­allee 99, www.chalet-suisse.de) is a hid­den gem styled like a snug Alpine hut. The food is any­thing but rus­tic, though, from the fine

de claire oys­ters to the meats and top-notch Swiss fon­due. Proof that fireside loung­ing can have a gourmet touch, too.

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