With snowflakes gently falling and temperatures expected to dip below freezing tonight, it seems we may finally be slipping into winter's frigid grasp. Luckily, fireplaces are crackling in some of NYC's best restaurants and bars, perfect for warming up after a chilly commute. Here are our ten favorite spots to enjoy a fireside drink.

MexiBBQ: This Astoria joint serves up BBQ dishes with decidedly South of the Border flavors in a comfortable, brick-lined dining room that includes a state-of-the-art electric fireplace. Come for the modern fireside dining, stay for the 40+ beers on tap, from Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence Stout to Rogue Juniper Pale Ale. 37-11 30th Avenue, Astoria // 718-626-0333

Molly's: It gets very hot next to the roaring fireplace—we may or may not have accidentally melted our iPod when we stood too close to the flames—but if you're sitting a safe distance away at the bar the cracking wood and smokey fragrance provides the perfect backdrop while you sip a perfectly pour Guinness. Hungry? The enormous cheeseburgers are one of our favorites in the city. 287 Third Avenue // 212-889-3361

One If By Land, Two If By Sea: You don't have to stay for an expensive meal at this iconic Village eatery to enjoy a little fireside canoodling; the big bar area fireplace boasts comfortable seating right in front of the flames. Order a Cigar Box cocktail with Bulleit bourbon, mint, plumb bitters and Figenza Fig Vodka and imagine you're back in 19th century New York City. 17 Barrow Street // 212-255-8649

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Crown Vic
Crown Vic:

It's not just for the outdoor drinking set, this enormous Williamsburg bar has a nice, big fireplace up front where you can linger over a single malt Old Pulteney or a hot cocktail. Snag a seat at a nearby table to indulge in the bar's upscale pub grub of burgers, wings, mac and cheese and more. And don't worry if you can't sit right in front of it; the fireplace kicks out plenty of heat for the whole room. 60 South 2nd Street, Williamsburg // 917-719-6072

Shoolbred's: Step through the doors at this East Village bar and find yourself in a Victorian-esque parlor with old timey portraits and dark, intimate lighting. Go past the bar up front and into the back room, where you'll find bulky leather coaches and a crackling fire to warm your hands by. It's the kind of place you'd want to twirl your moustache and smoke a pipe, if that kind of thing were still allowed. 197 2nd Avenue // 212-529-0340

The Lambs Club: A dramatic, 18th-century marble fireplace makes a bold statement amidst the black and red, art deco-inspired dining room at chef Geoffrey Zakarian's midtown restaurant. It's on the fancier side, to be sure, but the three course tasting menu ($68) provides a wide range of nuanced flavors from Beef Tenderloin Tartare to Long Island Duck Breast. 141 West 43rd Street, inside the Chatwal Hotel // 212-997-7690

The Rooftop at the Empire Hotel: Not only does this stunning 12th floor getaway include lovely views of the Lincoln Center and the Upper West Side, it also features a roaring fireplace to warm you up while you imbibe. 44 West 63rd Street // 212.265.7400

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(Antica Pesa)
Antica Pesa:

This mod new Italian restaurant in Williamsburg (located in half of the sprawling old Planet Thai space) bucks the neighborhood's prevailing "rustic Italian" trend. The first American spin-off of the popular Roman restaurant of the same name (in business since 1922!), Antica Pesa boasts a spacious bar and lounge area up front, where a fireplace beckons guests to sink into brown leather couches and banquettes. A variety of wines—all Italian—are sold by the glass or bottle to help you unwind by the fire, which is surrounded by antique books and wine bottles from the old country. Stay for a drink or linger and order off Antica Pesa's menu of traditional Roman food with a modern twist. 15 Berry Street, Williamsburg // (347) 763-2635

Daddy's: Every year we're drawn back to this casual Graham Avenue bar for the small but charming fireplace, horseshoe-shaped bar and a few bar games to keep us competitive. The reasonably-priced drinks and bar snacks don't hurt either. 35 Graham Avenue, Brooklyn // 718-609-6388

Black Mountain Wine House: No fussy mixology in sight at this Gowanus mainstay, where a very respectable (and reasonable) wine list can be explored in the cozy dinning room, kept warm by a crackling fireplace. A simple menu of cheese and small bites—including a classic Swiss fondue on Tuesdays—completes a relaxing evening out. 415 Union Street, Gowanus // 718-522-4340

LIC Bar: If you've been around for over 100 years, chances are you know what you're doing by now. This is especially true at Queens' LIC Bar, where a community vibe and friendly staff make for a fun and relaxing drinking experience. They're known for their backyard garden, which has an enclosed patio and fireplace perfect for the colder months. 4558 Vernon Boulevard, LIC // 718-786-5400