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.
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.