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Turning up the heat on a cold day

Chef Tito Onofre is busy at work at

Chef Tito Onofre is busy at work at Jonathan's Ristorante, which is open seven days a week. (Nov. 10, 2012) (Credit: Johnny Simon)

Yes, it's cold outside and it will get colder tomorrow. Actually, the rest of the week is a trip to frigidville, too. So, in addition to preparing for snow, brace yourself. Here are a few ways.

Order the spaghetti with lobster in a spicy tomato sauce at Jonathan's Ristorante in Huntington. If you prefer a mellow way to warmth: a saute of wild mushrooms with soft polenta.

Dive into the andouille sausage-and-chicken gumbo at Big Daddy's in Massapequa. Or really up the BTUS with "ghost wings," or smoked chicken wings juiced up with an incendiary pepper, the Naga Jolokia.

Take an Asian turn with the sea-scallop red curry at Sarin Thai, in Greenvale and in Kings Park. Ignite your interior with tom yum koong, or shrimp soup sparked with chiles and lemongrass.

Jonathan's Ristorante, 15 Wall St., Huntington; 631-549-0055.

Big Daddy's, 1 Park Lane, Massapequa; 516-799-8877.

Sarin Thai, 43 Glen Cove Rd., Greenvale, 516-484-5873; and 25 Main St., Kings Park, 631-269-4130.

Chef Tito Onofre fires things up at Jonathan's Ristorante.

Tags: Huntington , Massapequa , Greenvale , Kings Park , Sarin Thai , Jonathan's Ristorante , Big Daddy's

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