In the summer, there’s no second-guessing an evening out to your favorite North Fork restaurant. But January’s frigid weather often swings the pendulum in the opposite direction — staying underneath a blanket sounds oh so tempting.
But at several North Fork restaurants there’s good reason to leave the nest. The reward for braving cold NoFo nights at these restaurants is satisfying meals, local vintages and craft cocktails made even better by the warmth of a fireplace.
Here are five great spots to enjoy cold-weather nights fireside.
Cooperage’s welcoming and relaxed atmosphere is amplified while dining and imbibing by the stone fireplace. Well-executed comfort foods like chicken pot pie and meatloaf give the Calverton restaurant an extra-homey feel.
Cooperage Inn is located at 2218 Sound Avenue in Calverton. Call (631) 727-8994.
When the weather gets frosty, this Greenport restaurant’s indoor and outdoor fireplaces are a cozy retreat to gather with old friends and to make new ones. Hang your hat and warm up with an ice-cold martini.
American Beech is located at 300 Main Street in Greenport. Call (631) 477-6571.
The Speakeasy at Jedediah Hawkins is the quintessential cold-weather hideaway. The roaring fire warms the dimly lit underground cocktail lounge, radiating serious cool-factor vibes.
Jedediah Hawkins Inn is located at 400 South Jamesport Avenue in Jamesport. Call (631) 722-2900.
Nestled on the scenic 132-acre Great Rock golf course, Pure North Fork is a haven for craft food and cocktails. Cozy up with a hearty bowl of Bolognese next to one of the restaurant’s three fireplaces — grab a Negroni while you’re at it.
Pure North Fork is located at 141 Fairway Drive in Wading River. Call (631) 886-2777.
Locally grown cuisine and a lively atmosphere make Bistro 72 a year-round go-to for fresh fare and handcrafted cocktails. Its late night menu of fish tacos and bourbon chicken wings are even more satisfying when enjoyed by the glow of the fire.
Bistro 72 is located at 1830 West Main Street in Riverhead. Call (631) 369-3325.