The 10 Coziest Restaurants in America

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Winter doesn’t have too many perks. If you love skiing, that’s one. The holidays are another one, but once those are over, there are still months until it’s warm again. The one primary advantage that winter has over summer? The opportunity to get really, really cozy. And at these 10 restaurants, you’ll be snug as a bug in a rug.

The 10 Coziest Restaurants in America (Slideshow)

Coziness is a state of mind, and entering into that special mental state while out in public at a restaurant depends on a variety of conditions. Just because a restaurant is small doesn’t mean it’s cozy. Just because there’s a fireplace doesn’t mean it’s cozy. A cozy restaurant should ideally be dim and candlelit, warm and inviting, with comfortable seating and perhaps a lived-in, historical feel. Cozy restaurants are often romantic as well, but not all romantic restaurants are cozy. You can spend hours tucked away in a cozy restaurant and feel perfectly content hibernating there until winter’s over.

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As you’ve probably noticed by now, deeming a restaurant “cozy” isn’t a perfect science. One person’s cozy may be another person’s cramped, rustic, or old-fashioned. To each his own. There’s no specific formula for making a restaurant cozy; you just know it when you see it. But when you set foot in any of these 10 restaurants, you’ll definitely know it.