They're not made from snow, nor ice, but igloos are making for a fun winter's night experience on Long Island.
Restaurants have pitched these domed structures made from heavy clear plastic in their outdoor spaces, complete with comfortable furniture, warm blankets and a heat source that keeps the space toasty as patrons nurse winter cocktails or light bites.
Such Instagram-ready fare comes with a toll — you'll need to make a reservation and hit a spending minimum.
COACH MEETING HOUSE
WHERE: 160 Mill River Rd., Oyster Bay
SETTING: Located behind this cozy tavern found along a quiet, residential street, there’s a courtyard dressed in holiday lights with five heated igloos, each with its own fire pit, allowing guests the option to lounge inside or out. Each igloo has a couch, white beachy chairs and Roku-equipped TVs for further entertainment.
Once in an igloo, patrons can use a scannable QR code menu to allow for contactless ordering via their phones, and the custom menu includes several of the spot’s popular dishes. Spiked slushies and hot drinks are available too, either spiked or alcohol-free; these igloos are both good for adult gatherings or family-friendly get-togethers. A two-hour $40 "Bottomless Brunch" option is offered on weekends, which include self-serve mimosas and bellinis. Ambient, acoustic music is planned for Thursday through Saturday evenings.
Additionally, each igloo and firepit gets disinfected between uses, and a combination of air purifiers and dual openings allow for air flow.
SEATS: Six to 10 people
WHAT IT COSTS: There’s no charge to use an igloo here, but reservations are for a minimum of two hours (with an option to book back-to-back reservations for a longer stay in the same igloo). Reservations are made only through opentable.com, and there is an overall $200 minimum spend required. Note: there is a $100 cancellation fee up to 24 hours in advance and a $1000 charge for either no-shows or late cancellation fees.
MORE INFO: 516-588-9288; coachgrillandtavernoysterbay.com
WHERE: 105 Harbor Rd., Cold Spring Harbor
SETTING: American and Continental favorites can now be had in one of four igloos at this waterside eatery overlooking the Cold Spring Harbor. Set up along a stretch of woods in the restaurant’s parking lot, each comes with a table and chairs, plus lighting and heat. It shares the lot with tented seating and traditional al fresco dining, too. The restaurant caps each reservation at two hours.
SEATS: Up to eight guests
WHAT IT COSTS: $200 to $250 minimum must be met during the week; $350 minimum on weekends and holidays. For reservations, call 631-659-3888.
MORE INFO: 631-659-3888, harbormistrestaurant.com
THE LINWOOD RESTAURANT AND COCKTAILS
WHERE: 150 E. Main St., Bay Shore
SETTING: The Linwood’s outdoor area is closed for the season, but with cold-weather dining upon us, two igloos have popped up on its semi-enclosed patio, taking "private" to a new level. Inside the dome-shaped structure, guests can dine in a casual, yet fanciful setting — faux-fur cushioned chairs, faux greenery strung from above and twinkling fairy lights, mimicking a "dining under the stars" vibe. Each has heat lamps that can be controlled by the customer. It also plans on installing a mini greenhouse, accommodating up to four people. Available for two-hour increments by reservation only. Full menu available. Call the restaurant to book.
SEATS: Up to eight guests
WHAT IT COSTS: No fee; however, a $100 deposit is secured for weekend reservations, which then goes toward the check.
MORE INFO: 631-665-1256, thelinwoodbayshore.com
WHERE: 45 W. Main St., Bay Shore
SETTING: This Italian restaurant has turned its side and back patios into outdoor dining wonderlands, featuring two igloos (and three greenhouses). Two-hour time slots are available daily starting at 5 p.m. during the week, and at 2:45 p.m. on the weekends. Plenthy of light, plus heaters and music that guests can largely control, are some of its features.
SEATS: Six to eight people
WHAT IT COSTS: Reservations for two-hour slots cost $125 to $150 Fridays to Sundays (includes first round of drinks; some exclusions apply). For reservations: 516-779-4293.
MORE INFO: 631-267-5916, itakitchenbayshore.com
WHERE: 501 Main St., Islip
SETTING: Maxwell's launches its igloos ahead of Halloween and come November, it flips its decor to a holiday theme. Each will be disinfected with a fogging machine between uses.
SEATS: Eight people
WHAT IT COSTS: $150 for two hours; includes the first round of drinks with purchase of food; a special food menu and a server dedicated to igloo guests is also offered.
MORE INFO: 631-210-0011, lessings.com
WHERE: 157 Forest Ave., Massapequa
SETTING: Nestled quietly within a neighborhood, there are five igloos on the venue’s deck with views of the adjacent Schmidt Canal, which are available to reserve beginning at 11 a.m. daily. A 15-minute window will be observed between uses for sanitizing purposes; cleaning methods will include power spray sanitation and the igloos will be ventilated per state health department guidelines. Each will have a dedicated server; lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch (11 a.m.-3 p.m.) will be orderable for igloo dining, as will the midweek Happy Hour (3 p.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday). Each will feature a warming device and will be decorated for the holidays with rugs, lights and music.
SEATS: Six to eight people
WHAT IT COSTS: Reservable for up to two hours; lunch and Sunday brunch reservations are $60, after 5 p.m. $75 Monday through Thursday, $125 Fridays through Sundays (excluding holidays and holiday evenings). Rates include first round of drinks (excluding Johnny Walker Blue and High Malt Liquor). A deposit is required for all dinner reservations.
MORE INFO: 516-798-6000, smugglerjacks.com
EGP LAND & SEA
WHERE: 2 Pettit Pl., Island Park
SETTING: This gastropub with a seafood lean is now sporting igloos that also come with a special menu that is geared toward quick bites and apps, in order to make igloo eating an easier experience. The space gets cleaned and sanitized between each use.
SEATS: A maximum of 10 people (a minimum of six Fridays and Saturdays)
WHAT IT COSTS: $150 for two hours Sundays through Thursdays; $200 Fridays and Saturdays (plus a 20% gratuity); one round of drinks is included.
MORE INFO: 516-544-2879, egplandandsea.com
WHERE: 150 Main St., Stony Brook
SETTING: Mirabelle has one igloo set up on the restaurant's front patio, available for dining Wednesdays to Saturdays starting at 5 p.m. and on Sundays starting at 4 p.m. Dubbed the "Guy Gloo," its interior features cushioned wooden chairs, a coffee table, oversized pillows, shag decor and plenty of lighting. Chef Guy serves up a tapas-style tasting menu that changes daily; regular menu also available. The igloo is sanitized after every reservation.
SEATS: Six people
WHAT IT COSTS: $150 for two hours ($200 on holidays). It includes a bottle of Prosecco with a food purchase.
MORE INFO: 631-751-0555, lessings.com
WHERE: 264 West Ave., Patchogue
SETTING: Located along the Patchogue River, the deck space here is wrapped in open skies and water views—it’s sun-soaked in the day, and under dark, starry skies at night. The two heated igloos (with two more slated to arrive soon) make these views much easier to enjoy when the notorious winter winds blow through; there’s deck furniture inside to make things comfortable. Each will be hot-steamed between uses. A special seasonal menu will be offered; guests are asked to bring their own blankets. Fire pits and heaters are also being added to the surrounding section.
SEATS: Six people
WHAT IT COSTS: $75 for two hours Sunday through Thursday; $150 for Friday and Saturday, which on these days includes the first round of drinks.
MORE INFO: 631-654-8266, theoar.com
THE RAM'S HEAD INN
WHERE: 108 Ram Island Dr., Shelter Island Heights
SETTING: Off on isolated Shelter Island, three heated igloos sit behind the hotel on a west-facing lawn that allows for sunsets that fall into sparkling Coecles Harbor. Each igloo is decorated with items like flowers, candles and twinkling lights. The venue’s regular seasonal menu (and a $58 five-course "Harvest Tasting" menu) can be enjoyed within the confines of each clear dome, which is disinfected after each use.
SEATS: Four people (not including children)
WHAT IT COSTS: Available for two-hour rentals, no rental fees.
MORE INFO: 631-749-0811, theramsheadinn.com
WHERE: 25 E. Broadway, Port Jefferson
SETTING: With a brilliant view of Port Jefferson Harbor, watch the ferries come in or people wandering Harborfront Park from the four iglooson the back deck. Reservations can be made for lunch or dinner up to two hours; two bottles of champagne are included. Blankets are not provided, but guests may bring their own; a special "igloo-inspired" food menu is available. Each is done up in with décor, have a "fireplace-styled heater" inside and a Bluetooth speaker that can be paired with your phone so you can choose the music. Under COVID restrictions, igloos will be cleaned and sanitized during 30-minute periods between reserved times.
SEATS: Six people
WHAT IT COSTS: $150 for two-hour rentals, plus a $100 minimum food and beverage purchase.
MORE INFO: 631-928-5200 (ext. 170), danfords.com