If the weather outside has you shivering, consider sitting down to something that will warm body and soul: a stew.
Stews go by many names, depending on their origins. Whether thick or thin, they usually feature meat, poultry or seafood simmered with vegetables.
The following restaurants serve stews both hearty and satisfying:
Red Tiger Dumpling House, 1320 Stony Brook Rd., Stony Brook, 631-675-6899
At this authentic little noodle house, the main-course beef stew noodle soup is a hearty broth with thick, toothsome noodles and thinly sliced beef.
Ssambap Korean BBQ, 2350 Nesconset Hwy., Stony Brook, 631-675-6402, ssambapbbq.com
A comforting choice at this Korean restaurant is kalbi tang ($15), a soup-stew with beef short ribs and noodles.
Ravagh Persian Grill, 210 Mineola Ave., Roslyn Heights, 516-484-7100 and 355 Main St, Huntington, 631-923-2050, ravaghpersiangrill.com.
These Persian siblings offer an entire menu section of stews. A fragrant winner is the khoresh bademjan, or lamb and eggplant stew ($16).
Old Fields, 81 Broadway, Greenlawn, 631-754-9868, oldfieldsgreenlawn.com
A fixture on the winter menu at this welcoming tavern is Guinness beef stew with root vegetables ($19.95), a robust and soulful dish.
Morrison’s, 430 Woodbury Rd., Plainview, 516-932-8460, morrisonsny.com
The New Orleans style shrimp and chicken gumbo ($21) is a savory, thick, well-seasoned stew served over egg noodles.
Storyville American Table (at Finley's of Greene Street), 43 Green St., Huntington, 631-351-3446, storyvilleamericantable.com
At this New Orleans style restaurant, a cup of gumbo ($4.95) is laced with chunks of andouille sausage; it’s thick, dark, slyly spicy.
Smokin' Al's Famous BBQ Joint, 4847 Merrick Rd., Massapequa Park, 516-799-4900, smokinals.com
At this BBQ house, the tomato-based Brunswick stew ($9.99) is filled with slow-smoked chicken, sausage, pork and vegetables.
LL Dent, 221 Old Country Rd., Carle Place, 516-742-0940, lldent.com
At this friendly Southern style spot, find warmth in Toby's Georgia hash ($3.75 cup; $5.75 bowl), a spicy soup-stew of tomatoes and pork.
Also keep in mind: Meehan's of Huntington serves a delicious beef and lamb Irish stew, but it's only available certain days as a special. Call ahead and ask.