New Yorkers love to eat and drink in backyards and outdoor spaces—and not just in the summer. Savvy business-owners get this and have winterized their spring and summer destinations—we're not talking just glassed-in hotel rooftops here, but rather comfy, cozy hideaways. So where are these magical outdoor places that are somehow cold-weather compatible?

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OLMSTED Olmsted, which has landed on many of the "Best of 2016" lists for its very fine yet unpretentious food, also boasts a backyard with egg-laying quail. In the summer, the herbs and vegetables grown there are used in dishes and cocktails. Like most townhouse backyards, the yard is deep and shaded from tall trees that have been growing for many, many decades. How could Olmsted's owners let the space go to waste in winter?

Chef Greg Baxtrom and team devised a plan to utilize their yard for winter. There are heat lamps, Pendleton blankets, warm cocktails served in a thermos (try the mulled cider and brandy) and, best of all, charcoal grills for DIY s'mores making.

659 Vanderbilt Ave., Prospect Heights,


ROBERTA'S The scene at this trend-setting pizza & so-much-more restaurant is all about partying, and winter will never get in the way of that. Roberta's staff set up a massive tent in the yard beside the warehouse restaurant years ago to help alleviate wait times. There's a bar in the tent, tables and televisions broadcasting all manner of offbeat programming.

And when it's cold, the tent is kept warm with an "industrial outdoor propane tent heater," a Roberta's rep tells us. The walls are currently decorated with winter-themed art, complete with Alpine mountains and a hanging pair of old-school snowshoes.

261 Moore St., Bushwick,

HOT BIRD Despite its location on busy and loud Atlantic Avenue, Hot Bird has been attracting an eclectic clientele since opening in 2010. The bar, which is named after the chicken restaurant of the same name that old-school Brooklyn residents remember fondly (perhaps you've seen the signs?), features twice as much outdoor space as indoor.

In the winter, the bar's fans can still gather in the yard thanks to a fire pit. Beer is the thing here, but a selection of house cocktails are also on the menu.

546 Clinton Ave., Clinton Hill, 718-230-5800

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TUFFET This unassuming East Williamsburg spot serves a selection of well-curated meats and cheeses, along with bread, olives, nuts and other finger foods. It's a great spot for a variety of reasons. There are the well-priced and mixed cocktails and the aforementioned light bites. It also opens at 1 p.m. daily and is a great place to do work. They have coffee and sandwiches and you can even day-drink, if that gets your gears going.

But the reason we're talking about Tuffet now, and maybe the bar's best feature, is the backyard fireplace. It's literally a fireplace attached to a chimney (obviously) but it opens to the outside instead of the inside so patrons who want to chill al fresco can do so without freezing.

286 Graham Ave., East Williamsburg,

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THE LODGE AT GALLOW GREEN Gallow Green is hands-down the best rooftop bar in New York City. It is a hippie dreamland on top of the McKittrick Hotel building in Chelsea (not a hotel) that's also home to the avant-theater show "Sleep No More."

In winter, instead of flowing absinthe punch bowls set amidst herbs growing and flowers blooming and fabric blowing in the wind, there's a replica of a ski chalet called The Lodge. The structure was built directly on top of the roof and is surrounded by pine trees. Cocktails are large format, so head on up with your squad.

542 W. 27th St.,

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BAITA The winter rooftop rebrand at Eataly Flatiron is kept toasty with a retractable, see-through glass roof; heaters; and cozy blankets. Check out the views while sipping warm cocktails, dining on beef shanks served family style and munching formaggi.

This is the second year Eataly has converted its beer garden Birreria into Baita, but there's a new addition this winter: a polenta bar. Choose between the veggie option with pumpkin, thyme and Parmigiano Reggiano or choose a heartier, more protein-rich options. We recommend the polenta with Sicilian anchovies, butter and sage.

Rooftop at 200 5th Ave., 212-229-2560; website


The garden at the East Village location of the Standard Hotel is home to a bocce court in the warmer months of the year, but for the winter, the bocce court is out and heated yurts are in. Head there and enjoy fondue and don a "complimentary fur" if you truly want to do winter right this year. You can even rent the yurts out for just you and yours.

There's also an ice skating rink at the High Line outpost, and for obvious reasons, it's not heated. But fear not! Directly adjacent to the rink is a heated outdoor patio. Skate, drink a hot toddy while warming up, repeat.

25 Cooper Sq. and 848 Washington St.,

SWEET AFTON This comfortable Astoria bar, restaurant and music venue has a small and cozy backyard garden area that is a favorite among locals. This winter, for the first time, owner Ruairi Curtin is transforming the garden into what is being called "The Glass House."

The covering will be transparent, letting in daylight during the day and allowing guests to gaze up at the stars at night. According to Curtin, the Glass House, which makes its debut on New Year's Eve, will feature Persian rugs, leather seat coverings, a chandelier and even a buck's head.

"The intention is to ... provide a warm sunny refuge from the cold by day, and a cozy private dining area by night," Curtin said.

30-09 34th St, Astoria,

Georgia Kral covers (mostly) food and lifestyle topics and has been published in amNewYork, WNET's MetroFocus, WNYC, The New York Times and Brooklyn Based. She likes Chinese food, cats, straight-up cocktails and ankle boots paired with skinny jeans. Follow her on social @georgiakral.