Boston Spots for Snow Day Dining

By Scott Kearnan  |  December 17, 2013

As we roll into the heart of winter, it's a good time to start thinking about finding meals that embrace, rather than eschew, New England’s winter season? From outdoor (yes, in December) dining options to ice rink-side restaurants, here are a few suggestions.

Moksa. Tonight at 7 PM the Central Square pan-Asian will host an "Outdoor Snow Dinner" on the patio. $25 gets you a three-course dinner, each paired with a warm cocktail: think sake with hot and sour soup, grog with baby back ribs, and warm milk and honey with coconut rice pudding. Seize the snowy moment (617-661-4900).

Henrietta's Table. In winter months, guests and visitors can spin figure-eights on the Charles Hotel's 2,900-square foot ice rink. Afterward, you'll want to unwind with the classic comfort food at Henrietta's; house maple smoked duck breast with confit leg and native berries, ale-braised lamb shank and smoked pork chop with native apple sauce. There are some specialty "apres skate" cocktails at Noir, too — and we'd never not recommend a visit to Jody Adams' Rialto. But the rib-sticking American quintessential country house ambience of Henrietta's, helmed by chef Peter Davis (pictured), feels particularly apropos on a snow day (617-661-5005).

Aragosta. Grab your gloves, but don't worry about a blanket — Aragosta will provide those when you curl up in an Adirondack chair on the Winter Terrace, a waterfront respite with open fire pits for roasting "gourmet campfire s'mores." (Expect smushy combos of marshmallow, graham cracker, multiple chocolate choices, peanut butter cups and sliced bananas.) There's a handful of savory options, like gruyere fondue with a platter of salumi and cherry peppers, as well as "fire pit cocktails" like the Whiskey Warmer (rye with apple-spiced tea) (617-994-9001).

Belly Wine Bar. Speaking of s'mores, you can also pull up a seat at this Kendall Square spot, which offers s'mores-making on the patio for $4 per person. If you have 48 hours' advance notice, though, it's also a cozy place for a few bottles of red wine and a winter-y "Arm + A Leg" feast, whole animal dinners (right now it's duck) for groups of 4-12 (617-494-0968).

No 9. Park. The Barbara Lynch flagship is found on the corner of Boston Common nearest the Frog Pond, and the front windows offer a perfect spot to sit and watch the snow fall on pretty-as-a-postcard Beacon Hill. If you can escape during the daytime during December, No. 9 is offering a weekday holiday lunch (seatings from 11:30 AM-2:30 PM) available as a three-course prix fixe or a la carte. Plates include poached farm egg with chicken fried liver and creamed kale, pork sausage ravioletti with cauliflower, and chicken schnitzel with vol-au-vent d'escargot (617-227-3434).