One way to keep warm this watery and windy day is to indulge in foods that are highly spiced. Word has it that there are also health benefits to turning up the heat when you eat.
Here are three Asian restaurants with a knack for setting your mouth to throbbing. For many, that kind of pain amounts to the greatest of pleasure.
NEW CHILLI & CURRY RESTAURANT
At this popular nexus for the cuisines of Tibet, China, India and Thailand, a request for “extra spicy” is taken seriously by the kitchen. Ignite your palate with such dishes as spicy Malaysian coriander soup, chili-garlic noodles and shrimp with hot garlic sauce.
106 Woodbury Rd., Hicksville, 516-932-9180
SOUTHERN SPICE CHETTINAD CUISINE
The cuisine of the Chettinad region of Southern India is the specialty of this friendly restaurant where flavors can be firecracker-hot. Try the spicy tamarind peppercorn soup, deep-fried highly spiced chicken pieces and pepper-rimmed tandoori duck breast.
1635 Hillside Ave., New Hyde Park, 516-216-5448
SPICE VILLAGE GRILL
The Indian, Pakistani and Burmese dishes can be as fiery as you like at this popular downtown Huntington dining spot. Recommendations include khao suey (an aromatic Burmese chicken soup), lamb vindaloo and chicken kahari.
281 Main St., Huntington, 631-271-9700