12 Spots with Cosy Booths

Spend a relaxing evening at one of these inviting establishments

Parnell restaurant Gerome. Picture / Dean Purcell

Woodpecker Hill
One of the many Auckland eateries specialising in smokey, slow-cooked meat, Woodpecker Hill's barbecued dishes are infused with zingy Asian-style marinades and rubs. Beef brisket, short ribs and a selection of curries are the main drawcards, while vegetarians can try the mushroom dumplings with Vietnamese mint or the deliciously crispy eggplant. 
196 Parnell Rd, Parnell

Things are kept simple at Annabel's, with a succinct menu of food and cocktails and a timeless fit-out. Choose from cheese by the gram, cured meats, caprese salad or sardines on rye. Pair them with a well-priced international wine or beer, relax, and enjoy. 
277 Ponsonby Rd, Three Lamps

Gypsy Tearoom
This Grey Lynn favourite is the perfect place to unwind after work under the glow of glimmering fairylights with your favourite cocktail in hand.
455 Richmond Rd, Grey Lynn

Open for beautiful breakfasts — like their vanilla crepe with caramelised apple, rum anglaise and cheddar cheesecake — as well as lunch, dinner or an after-work refresher, Odettes has a stunning fit-out that includes some very comfy booths to nestle into. 
90 Wellesley St West, Auckland Central

This bar was created by chef Peter Gordon with the aim of bringing an authentic tapas experience to Auckland. Many of you will already be well acquainted with this inner-city gem and if not, head along and try one of the special paellas on its Taste of Spain menu. 
91 Federal St, Auckland Central 

Conch's Mexican-inspired menu is packed with flavour — whether you order one of its tacos, the ceviche, a grazing board or a wood-fired pizza, you're in for a treat. Outside, heaters keep the booth-filled courtyard nice and toasty. 
115A Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby

Peach Pit
If you're looking for somewhere super relaxed and quiet for a drink and a catch up, Peach Pit is the place. It has a great beer selection and a delicious menu, if you end up sticking around for dinner.
352 K Rd

Woodpecker Hill in Parnell. Picture / Nick Reed

Settle into a plush blue booth and indulge in some amazing Greek food at Parnell restaurant Gerome. Try their loukoumades for dessert: crispy little doughnuts with Nutella and coffee icecream and a sprinkle of hazelnuts. 
269 Parnell Rd, Parnell

Federal Delicatessen
Al Brown's old school New York-style deli serves bagels and griddle cakes in the morning, matzo ball soup and poutine in the evenings, and filter coffee all day. In the pie department, there are slices of NY cheesecake, banoffee, choc-cherry or lemon meringue. 
84 Federal St, Auckland Central 

Baduzzi has garnered a well-earned reputation for its incredible meatballs, but is are also worth visiting for its wide selection of hand-made pasta and beautiful seafood. It's impossible to pick just one thing off the menu to recommend, there are too many to choose from — take a look for yourself and you'll see what we mean
10-26 Jellicoe St, North Wharf, Wynyard Quarter

Even if you're not vegan, Ralph's amazing vegan burger is a must-try — with a mountain of curly fries on the side, of course. Actually, all of its sides are delicious, and it also has a hearty brunch menu, perfect for weekend mornings.
225B Dominion Rd, Mt Eden

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