On this last weekend of February, despite spring-like temperatures, some hearty, cool-weather cuisine is still welcome. Here are three restaurants whose food will keep you warm inside.
Beijing House keeps the fires of Sichuan and other regions high. It’s a modest-looking spot, but the flavors are anything but. Recommended: the crisp beef special, the beef hot pot, sautéed lamb with cumin, steamed whole fish with garlic sauce, minced pork with eggplant.
170 Jericho Tpke., Syosset, 516-864-0702, beijinghousesyosset.com
Mamma Lombardi’s is a bastion of husky, homey fare, with a southern Italian soul and Italian-American generosity. Recommended: pork braciola stuffed with pine nuts and raisins, pork chop pizzaiola, chicken and sausage campagnola, tripe Neapolitan-style, penne arrabbiata, linguine puttanesca, mozzarella in carrozza.
400 Furrows Rd., Holbrook, 631-737-0774, mammalombardis.com
Pumpernickels is among the few remaining restaurants on Long Island for German specialties. Recommended: bratwurst with sauerkraut, sauerbraten with potato dumplings and red cabbage, beef rouladen, beef goulash with noodles, smoked loin of pork.
640 Main St., Northport, 631-757-7959, pumpernickelsofnorthport.com