NYC Cozy Wintertime Restaurants

New York City becomes magical during the winter with all of the holiday lights adorning trees, street lights, and buildings. Some restaurants even transform their décor to create a perfect winter ambiance. If you want to find a unique winter oasis with great food and spirited drinks, keep on reading! Below, we have noted some of the best restaurants that embrace this wintertime spirit easy to reach from Glenwood buildings whether you are uptown or downtown.

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Charlie Bird in Soho: A Delicious Italian Party

Roasted chicken pieces on a plate at Charlie Bird SoHo NYC

Charlie Bird, the wildly successful Itailan-ish spot that somehow comfortably crams a city's worth of scenesters every night into its awkward narrow space, was at or near the top of just about every "best new restaurant" list last year. People love the casual atmosphere, the wine list, and the food. Anchoring the western end of what is possibly today's most exciting restaurant "neighborhood," the Houston Street corridor, Charlie Bird and NYC are having an intense love affair at the moment. But for various reasons (it's a tough table, it's a little pricey), I hadn't been to Charlie Bird until finally getting the opportunity just last week… and man am I glad I took it.  

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Fulton Fish Market Neighbor New Amsterdam Market Now Open for the Summer

Arroz con Leche ice cream by La Newyorkina at New Amsterdam Market in NYC.

The New Amsterdam Market, located right by the old Fulton Fish Market in the South Street Seaport area, reopened last Sunday for the season, which is good news indeed for all New Yorkers, but especially for downtown Glenwood residents (in both the Barclay Tower and Tribeca Bridge Tower), and especially ESPECIALLY for Glenwoodians fortunate enough to live in the luxury rentals of LIberty Plaza, just a few blocks away. The New Amsterdam Market is one of our favorite such markets in all of New York City, because it combines the on-site fun and feasting of a good snacking/dining destination (think: Smorgasburg) with the take-home, locally grown or produced pleasures of a solid farmer's market. 

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Kembra Pfahler Wanders Claude Monet’s Gardens: Downtown on The Bowery

Lower Manhattan exhibition by E.V. Day and Kembra Pfahler at The Hole.

Fifteen, twenty years ago, if someone asked you to go downtown to the Bowery to see an exhibition at a place called The Hole, you would be forgiven if the invitation gave you pause. Today, of course, things are different–WAY different–on NYC's one-time Skid Row, as time has given way to luxury highrise manhattan apartment and condo developments, high-end clothing stores, scads of excellent restaurants, and a burgeoning lower Manhattan art gallery scene…including the aforementioned Hole. But even though the Bowery neighborhood has gotten a lot less wild, The Hole doesn't do bland art. Witness E.V. Day and Kembra Pfahler's jaw-dropping collaboration, Giverny, Monet's garden and muse.

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The Ungovernables are in Downtown Manhattan; 2012 New Museum Triennial

New Museum NYC Goes Global: 34 Artists Converge Downtown A nice counterpoint to the upcoming, always-heavily-hyped Biennial at the Whitney Museum, the much-appreciated if too-often-underwhelming New Museum on Bowery just unveiled The Ungovernables, a triennial survey of the state of global contemporary art, opening up all of its gallery space to some 34 artists, artist groups, and temporary collectives (for a total of more than 50 individual participants), all of whom were born between the mid-1970s and the mid-1980s, and many of whom have never before exhibited in this country. In other words: they're young, their life experience is likely different than yours, and you've probably never seen, or even heard of, any of their works before in New York City art museums. Most important, after an afternoon spent wandering all of the New Museum's five exhibition floors, we're pleased to report that there are many more hits than misses…

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La Churreria: Delicious Spanish Snacks in Downtown Manhattan

Part bakery, part hot-chocolate bar (there's coffee, too), part sandwich spot, and all with the distinct flavor of Spanish cuisine, the new La Churreria on Mulberry Street does a great job of offering weary Soho and Nolita shoppers and on-the-go quick-bite seekers cozy relief on a dreary February day. Opened in December by Jesus Manso, aka Lolo, of next-door Socarrat renown (by the way, one of our favorite meals and nicest nights of 2011 was spent at the bar here, falling in love with a platter of paella), La Churreria has a pedigree that should at least get you in the door. And though La Churreria may specialize (and, mostly, excel) in frying up its namesake doughy, chewy, cinnamon-y sticks, there are also enough other things on the menu here, both sweet and savory, to earn it a permanent spot among our top picks for snacks and treats.   

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