January 4, 2011
Colder weather means warmer meals — hot chocolate, chicken pot pie, mac and cheese — and with a little planning, fireside tables. Snuggle up by the fireplace at any of the handful of restaurants around the city that offer it.
See our top picks below:
• Marigold Kitchen: Nestled on a quiet, tree-lined block of Victorian houses in the Spruce Hill section of University City, this innovative American BYOB positions tables nearby the homey hearth.
• Continental Midtown: Stephen Starr’s trendy Rittenhouse martini bar features a rooftop dining area complete with toe-defrosting fireplace. Partially enclosed so that it’s servicable year-round, the deck area is one of the most popular nightspots in the Rittenhouse neighborhood during warmer months.
• XIX (Nineteen) at the Bellevue: Whether enjoying an aperitif before dinner or savoring a drink in front of the soothing fireplace, the bar at Nineteen is warm and inviting.
• McGillin’s Olde Ale House: This comfortable antique, rumored to be Philadelphia’s oldest bar, features high beamed ceilings and a working fireplace, the perfect friendly spot at which to imbibe.
Check out even more options below, including Swann Lounge, Dandelion and Liberte.
• Swann Lounge at the Four Seasons: You can’t really beat the warm winter atmosphere at Swann Lounge, one of Philadelphia’s most elegant choices for fireside drinks.
• Snackbar: While indulging in the foam-laced avant-garde small plates, warm up by the modern-style electric fireplace set into the wall, or else by the TV-screen faux-logs-and-flame set into the wall across the room.
• Beau Monde: Enjoy traditional crêpes at this chic corner spot, made even quainter by the cozy fireplace.
• Dark Horse Pub: The Dark Horse is located in a two-story colonial rowhouse complete with dark wood, exposed brick, and one of the oldest working fireplaces in the city. The fish and chips taste even better when enjoyed hearthside.
• Devil’s Den: Knock back smoked and wood-aged beers, fireside-appropriate, or toasty eats like French onion soup and salmon BLT’s.
• JAMES: This Bella Vista fine dining spot has a modern bar and lounge area complete with love seats, cocktail tables and a glowing fireplace. Dine intimately, with a backdrop of chocolate velvet drapes and crystal chandeliers.
• Liberté: Off to the left when you enter the cozy lounge of this Sofitel restaurant is a working fireplace. Enjoy contemporary, French-inspired food and hand-crafted cocktails in a (warm) urban chic setting.
• The Dandelion: Where better to enjoy British pub fare — fish and chips, toffee pudding, Welsh rabbit — than by the fire? Stephen Starr’s latest restaurant offers all of the above.