In the spice world, the Scoville unit measures heat. A bell pepper, for example, rates zero units; the red savina habañero, 575,000.
For fans of flame, here are some local dishes that will warm up your autumn.
Sliced pork-and-vegetable casserole, set off at Imperial Seoul in New Hyde Park. Get rice on the side.
Pa Nang chicken curry, lit at Islandia's Thai Angel . Get more rice.
Penne arrabbiata, kindled at Mamma Lombardi's , Holbrook. Summer in Calabria.
Buffalo chicken wings with "after burner" sauce, fired up at Wings Over Farmingdale . Bombs away.
Tom yum soup with chicken, inflamed at New Chilli & Curry Restaurant (Woodbury). Milkshake chaser?