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Coziest Restaurants in the City?

Whenever my friend and I plan a night out, her top priorities are quality of food, depth in the wine list, and cozy atmosphere (I think this means dim lighting, warm colored walls and tasteful decoration). Lately, we've frequented Red Cat, Hearth, and Five Points. I'm curious as to what the well-seasoned jury of Chowhounders would recommend.

Thanks in advance.

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  1. i found the little owl very cozy. the food is stellar, the lighting dim, the place small. the wine list while not huge was nice.

    1. it may not be haute cuisine with a fine wine list, but for coziest dining, any of the "curtained" booths at Cibo on 2nd Ave and 41st St are the ticket. Request in advance.

      Whenever I need a spot for cozy, catching up, no rush, this is the ideal.

      1. Assuming you want to go up to midtown for mediocre food for absolutely no reason, go to Cibo. Of the thousands of outstanding restaurants that meet and surpass your criteria in this city, in astoundingly wonderful, memorable neighborhoods, by all means come up to Cibo in midtown and bore yourself to death with this neighborhood for no reason what so ever. And also, enjoy the grey fat old farts at the tables next to you.

        otherwise go downtown or if you must go to midtown- go to l'impero for sure. excellent, amazing food- beautiful setting, great service. a great gorgeous experience highly reccomended.

        1. We had a very cozy and wonderful meal recently at Alfama, the Portuguese restaurant on Hudson St. at Perry in the West Village. They have a huge wine list with a fabulous assortment of Portuguese wines -- we had a really nice red that I'd never tasted or seen before -- and just great food. The place feels cozy, comfortable, the service is very good but not overbearing. And everything we ate was delicious. Definitely a place we'll return to.

          1. I don't remember the depth of the wine list, but Apizz is dim and cozy. It's also warm if you sit near the oven.

            If you go, I recommend the meatballs and the gnocchi.

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            1. re: jakew8

              Second Apizz. Absolutely get the gnocchi--you mentioned Hearth, which has some of the tastiest gnocchi I've ever had. At Apizz, the gnocchi is on the complete opposite end of the spectrum in terms of preparation, but stands side-by-side with Hearth's version as a must-have.
              The risotto con funghi is also done very nicely. In addition, I've heard great things about the lasagna, but have not yet had the chance to try it.

            2. Thanks for the suggestions! We will investigate

              1. Sala on Bowery and East 3rd has a good tapas selection and the downstairs lounge is particularly cozy.

                1. Apizz and August sounds like a fit...

                  1. Acqua on Peck Slip is extremely cozy - I love the fresh pastas & nice wines... worth a try!

                    1. I'd have to add two West Village spots:

                      The Place & August

                      1. AOC Bedford on Bedford right off 6th offers very cozy ambience (including a quietly romantic soundtrack - think chanteuses) and good French/Spanish food. AFAIR the wine selection was good, but not deep.