These Restaurants Are the Antidote to Winter in NYC
After the last strand of holiday lights gets put away for the year, there comes the realization that winter will be here for a very, very long time. In New York, that means constant slush, gray skies and mighty winds that greet you every morning with an icy slap to the face. When fleeing to the tropics isn't in the cards, the next best thing is finding somewhere that makes you forget about the situation outside.
Those places? Restaurants with plenty of plants and living walls of greenery—basically, any reminder there's life beyond the barren wasteland of winter. From coffee shops to bars, these destinations offer a mini escape whenever you need one.
If you've ever tried unsuccessfully to keep a houseplant alive, this Williamsburg restaurant lets you live out your green thumb aspirations without the commitment and subsequent disappointment. It's filled with potted (and hanging) plants, reminiscent of a greenhouse.
The best seat in this cozy Park Slope cocktail bar is next to the 53-square-foot vertical garden. But if you can't snag one of the three spots closest to this feature, a nearby table will still give you a view.
Hotel lobby bars are always a fun hang, letting you feel as if you’re on vacation. Here, you can lounge on a sofa with a great view of the wall-size vertical garden.
The Williamsburg location of the Colombian coffee roastery has a vintage-industrial feel made more inviting by a vertical garden, featuring leafy plants in differing shades of green.
You'll find a small vertical garden wall, which contrasts the cozy wood tones within the interior, at the transition between the bar area and dining room of this Brooklyn Heights restaurant.
Though the 18-foot windows at this West Chelsea tapas spot will give you views of wintry NYC, the ivy wall by the plancha bar is a far better focal point this time of year. The best view is found in Toro's private event room, where you can dine under a large wisteria tree. If you can find a reason to celebrate, go here.
Cafe Hugo at Hotel Hugo Soho
In the summer, the rooftop at this hotel is the place to be. But in the winter, go to Cafe Hugo, where you can view the dramatic garden wall of the private dining room through huge glass windows.
The Greenwich Village vegetarian restaurant may not have the most dramatic plant feature, but the small selection of potted greenery (along with the fresh plant-based food) is enough to boost your spirits.
A petite succulent wall is an unexpected find among the sleek, dark decor within the two-Michelin-starred restaurant in Tribeca—not to mention the indoor farm that lies in the basement.
The drink menu isn't the only reason to visit The Pool. On your way into the restaurant, you'll pass an impressive vertical garden by artist Paula Hayes.
Or walk a few blocks north to the current Four Seasons and go straight to The Garden, where you can dine under a canopy of trees indoors.
Brie Dyas is a contributing writer for Tasting Table and an avid collector of your grandmother's fine china. You can find her occasionally sharing photos on Instagram at @briedyas.
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