Still snowing out there. The sleet forecast doesn't sound too hot, either. So, consider retreating to a place that serves the right food and has the right mood. Here are four cold-weather companions.
Cafe Buenos Aires brings in a taste of Argentina. The tapas are excellent, along with main dishes such as the mixed grill and the strip steak with chimichurri. Be sure to sample a red wine from Mendoza. 23 Wall St., Huntington; 631-603-3600.
Take a Thai turn at Jaiya. The veteran eatery knows how to heat you up. Ask for your food spicy and you'll get it that way. Try the red snapper with chili sauce, maybe the one of the green curries. Jaiya, 46 W. Old Country Rd., Hicksville; 516-681-3400.
Go Greek at Alexandros. Grilled octopus, whole grilled porgy, husky and flavor-packed moussaka with chopped sirloin, a hefty steak with lemon potatoes. Not on the water, but the spirit is Aegean. Alexandros, 1060 Rte. 25A, Mount Sinai; 631-928-8600.
And brace yourself with some brews at Moules et Frites. The theme is Belgian, with some Alsatian cooking, too. The stuffed "bretzel" with bratwurst comes with potato salad and red cabbage. Moules et Frites, 4 Berry Hill Rd., Syosset; 516-802-0713.
Newsday / Ana P. Gutierrez