Patrons in the "Guy Gloo" at Mirabelle Tavern in Stony...

Patrons in the "Guy Gloo" at Mirabelle Tavern in Stony Brook. Credit: Randee Daddona

Winter is here and it's time to get cozy. Whether you're looking to have happy hour in a heated igloo, dine by a fireplace or warm up with some stellar hot chocolate, we've got your ultimate guide to eating out this season on Long Island.


Konoba (46 Gerard St., Huntington): Daniel Pedisich brings a taste of Croatia to downtown Huntington, along with private dining experiences inside a handful of greenhouses set up underneath a string of lights and ornaments in front of his restaurant. Inside the festive structures, customers control their own music via a Bluetooth speaker and can stay warm with a small heater. Fits up to six people. Reservations are recommended. No fee. More info: 631-824-7712,

Server Josie Ferreira- Silva works the greenhouses at Konoba in...

Server Josie Ferreira- Silva works the greenhouses at Konoba in Huntington. Credit: Linda Rosier

Betterman Distilling (161 River Ave., Patchogue): Gamer cave, jungle adventure, winter wonderland, basement hang or ladies’ night — what’s your style? Betterman offers five themed (and heated) igloos set up on its patio, all of which come equipped with board games, a Bluetooth speaker, comfy seating split between chairs, couches and bean bags and a cocktail specific to each igloo. Small plates are available to nosh on, too. Fitting six people comfortably, igloos have an $80 rental fee on Fridays and Saturdays; $50 on Thursdays and Sundays. Each time slot is set up for two hours, although customers are able to double book at an additional cost. More info: 631-708-7405,

Rhum (13 E. Main St., Patchogue): New rooftop "cottages" add to the charm of this tri-level Island-inspired eatery and rum bar. The heated structures, set up on the decorated rooftop under string lights, are available daily for two hours at time. For $100, four diners get access to the structure and a round of drinks. Each additional guest is $25; six-person maximum. Order from the full food menu and an exclusive rooftop cottage cocktail list. More info: 631-569-5944,

Mirabelle Tavern: (150 Main St., Stony Brook): Mirabelle is offering three igloos this year dubbed the "Guy Gloo," the "Noir" and the "Chalet," all of which are available for dining Wednesday through Sunday. Each igloo has cushioned wooden chairs, a coffee table, oversized pillows, shag décor and plenty of lighting. The restaurant's full menu is available and the igloo is sanitized after every reservation. Igloos seat six people. $150 for two hours ($200 on holidays). Includes a bottle of Prosecco with a food purchase. More info: 631-751-0555,

The "Guy Gloo" at Mirabelle Tavern in Stony Brook.

The "Guy Gloo" at Mirabelle Tavern in Stony Brook. Credit: Randee Daddona

ITA Kitchen (45 W. Main St., Bay Shore): This Italian restaurant has turned its side and back patios into outdoor dining wonderlands featuring six greenhouses — three small and three large. The same dining experience guests would get inside is brought outside, with some of the greenhouses surrounding the restaurant’s faux willow tree. The greenhouses are heated, and feature plenty of light. Order from the restaurant's full food and drink menu or opt for preset "greenhouse packages" starting at $55 per person. Reservations are for two-hour slots. Small houses fit up to six people and large up to 10. Minimum spend of $200 Friday through Sunday. More info: 631-267-5916,

Finley’s Of Greene Street (43 Green St., Huntington): Located in the southwest corner in one of Long Island’s busiest villages for food, drinks and socializing, this spot with a sunny patio features igloos along its iron fence. The restaurant’s full menu is offered within the igloos, which are heated and include holiday lighting. Igloos seat up to seven people for a two-hour max session. $150 minimum on Friday and Saturday nights, plus 20% gratuity daily. More info: 631-351-3440,

Coach Meeting House: (160 Mill River Rd., Oyster Bay): 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, chairs and Roku-equipped TV for further entertainment. Once in an igloo, guests 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. A two-hour $40 bottomless brunch is offered on weekends, now with a DJ, which includes self-serve mimosas and bellinis. Ambient, acoustic music is planned for Friday and Saturday nights. Each igloo and firepit gets disinfected between uses. Igloos seat six to 10 people. 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, and there is an overall $200 minimum spend required. More info: 516-588-9288;

Guests of Coach Meeting House in Oyster Bay can dine in one...

Guests of Coach Meeting House in Oyster Bay can dine in one of several igloos in the restaurant's "Winter Village," located behind the building. Credit: Rustan Lundstrum

Smuggler Jack’s (157 Forest Ave., Massapequa): Nestled within a residential neighborhood, Smuggler Jack's features five igloos sitting on insulated platforms with views of the adjacent Schmidt Canal, which are available to reserve beginning at noon daily. Each igloo has a dedicated server and a 15-minute window is observed between uses for sanitizing purposes. Sunday brunch and happy hour menus available. Igloos have fireplaces and are decorated for the holidays with rugs, lights and music. Igloos seat six to eight people and are reservable for up to two hours. A deposit is required for reservations; weekdays no fee before 4 p.m., $75 after 4 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays $125; and Sundays $100. More info: 516-798-6000,

The Oar (264 West Ave., Patchogue): 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 six heated igloos — each featuring electric fireplaces and a cozy lounge setting — make these views much easier to enjoy when the notorious winter winds blow through. Each is sanitized between uses. A special seasonal menu is offered; guests are asked to bring their own blankets. Igloos seat two to six people and cost $75 for two hours Tuesday through Thursday; $150 for Friday through Sunday. The rental fee includes the first round of drinks. More info: 631-654-8266,

Maxwell’s (501 Main St., Islip): Faux-fur blankets and oversized pillows line the furniture while string lights and holiday décor line the dome in each igloo at Maxwell's. All are disinfected with a fogging machine between uses. Reservations are required. Igloos seat eight people. $150 for two hours; includes the first round of drinks with purchase of food. More info: 631-210-0011,

Winter-themed igloos at Maxwell's in Islip.

Winter-themed igloos at Maxwell's in Islip. Credit: Kendall Rodriguez/Kendall Rodriguez

Danfords (25 E. Broadway, Port Jefferson): With a brilliant view of Port Jefferson Harbor, watch the ferries come in or people wandering Harborfront Park from the igloos on the back deck. Reservations can be made for lunch or dinner for up to two hours; two bottles of Champagne are included. Each is done up with décor, a "fireplace-styled heater" and a Bluetooth speaker that can be paired with your phone so you can choose the music. Igloos seat six people and are cleaned and sanitized during 30-minute periods between reserved times. $150 for two-hour rentals, plus a $100 minimum food and beverage purchase. More info: 631-928-5200, ext. 170,

Harbor Mist (105 Harbor Rd., Cold Spring Harbor): Continental favorites can now be had in one of three 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. Igloos seat up to eight guests with a $200 minimum spend. Book a reservation on More info: 631-659-3888,

Brew Cheese (40 Woodbine Ave., Northport): Just a short walk around the corner from Brew Cheese in an alley way near Sand City Brewing Co., the eatery has four yurts. Customers check in at the restaurant where they are expected to leave a credit card, and then are walked by staff to the yurts. A wooden picnic table with faux fur-lined seats sits on an area rug inside the circular tent, which also features greenery, lighting and a portable radiator. Customers order by calling the restaurant. Once the order is ready, a server brings it over. Reservations — 1 hour and 15 minutes each — are encouraged; no fees; seats up to six comfortably. More info: 631-239-1927,

Patrons dine inside a yurt at Brew Cheese in Northport.

Patrons dine inside a yurt at Brew Cheese in Northport. Credit: Randee Daddona


WhiskeyNeat (124 E. Main St., Patchogue): Friends Rob Delgiorno and Michael Jordan have opened this 85-seat restaurant and whiskey bar with dishes that range from gochujang wings and grilled octopus to pastrami sandwiches and fried boneless chicken thighs over grits doused with hot honey. The spot offers all-day happy hour, from noon to 7 p.m., that slashes prices by half for every spirit behind the bar. "We wanted people to be able to try all of the cool whiskeys," said Delgiorno, whether Wellers 90 Proof Rye (rare) or Old Rip Van Winkle 12 Year (super rare) which retails at $2,150 or so a bottle. More info: 631-600-3434,

Crab and corn dip at WhiskeyNeat in Patchogue.

Crab and corn dip at WhiskeyNeat in Patchogue. Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

Tiesto's Restaurant (411 W. Main St., Patchogue): Chef Luis Marin, who spent 27 years as the head chef at Painters Restaurant in Brookhaven, mixes gastropub fare with Mexican, Spanish and Ecuadorian dishes at this new Patchogue eatery. Daily brunch (until 3 p.m. each day) ushers in omelets, eggs Benedict, huevos rancheros, chicken over waffles and a flatbread breakfast pizza. Later in the day, starters go from skirt-steak-topped nachos to shrimp ceviche with tostones. Burgers, pumpkin ravioli, paella and wine-braised short ribs appear on the larger plate list. There's also a lengthy cocktail roster featuring a bracing house margarita (made with agave syrup and tequila infused with multiple berries) and shareable 100-ounce sangrias and rum punch. More info: 631-730-8602,

SUP Vietnamese Pho & Grill (1113 North Country Rd., Stony Brook): "Sup" means soup in Vietnamese and Chef Tiger Le, formerly of Pho Vietnamese on the Lower East Side, is proud of his broth, which simmers all day. Most of the soups here are based on beef broth and feature various combinations of beef eye round, brisket, short ribs, meatballs, tripe and bone marrow. There are also chicken and vegetarian broths, with complementary additions. Add delicate rice noodles to soup and you have pho, which is traditionally served with a side dish of herbs and vegetables for maximum customization. The menu also features starters like Vietnamese summer rolls (with big, tender tiger shrimp) and braised pork ribs. (Other location at 998 Carmans Rd., Massapequa). More info: 631-675-6777,

Green papaya salad at SUP Vietnamese Pho & Grill.

Green papaya salad at SUP Vietnamese Pho & Grill. Credit: Newsday/Erica Marcus

Teddy's Bully Bar (46 Audrey Ave., Oyster Bay): This Teddy Roosevelt-themed spot (complete with a 6-feet or so tall depiction of his face in neon) takes over the space formerly occupied by Canterbury’s, which for decades was OB’s most dependable local haunt. The dining room has been spiffed up with bar tables atop vintage bicycles and a brand-new fireplace, and there’s live music every evening but Sunday, when it’s in the afternoon. Menu highlights include a fine burger called the Hangover, the meat chargrilled and topped with a fried egg, bacon and Cheddar cheese; a panini-style Cuban sandwich of roast pork and Swiss cheese; grilled oysters with bacon, Parmesan cheese and cherry peppers; and fried codfish served with fries. More info: 516-408-5339,

Season (133 Glen Head Rd. in Glen Head): On an island in which too many places promise far more than they can possibly deliver, Joe Marchisotta’s restaurant is the opposite. The chef, who spent 25-plus years cooking at some of NYC's finest establishments, is serving open-faced short rib ravioli, Chilean sea bass and more in an old brick building whose facade would give speakeasies a run for their money. Although currently only open for dinner, and just four evenings a week — a Sunday brunch launches this month — word-of-mouth has already generated serious business. More info: 516-962-9330,

Open-faced short rib ravioli with caramelized onions and goat cheese...

Open-faced short rib ravioli with caramelized onions and goat cheese at Season, a new bistro in Glen Head. Credit: Joseph Marchisotta

Nunzi's (125 Secatogue Ave., in Farmingdale): This new, Instagram-friendly Italian spot is located below Farmingdale's Fairfield Knolls apartments, just steps away from the LIRR. Nunzi's, named for the owner's late grandfather, exudes Manhattan vibes with a chic black interior illuminated by neon signs and glitzy bubble glass light fixtures. Executive chef Marc Wisehart turns out everything from stuffed Italian peppers and cacio e pepe to more modern takes on classics that include Limoncello wings and "rotolo di uova" (egg rolls stuffed with sweet Italian sausage, broccoli rabe and cheeses). Finish with the tiramisu explosion, a rainbow cookie cake with tiramisu filing that's covered in white chocolate truffle. More info: 516-586-8447,

Arcadia Retro Eats (2890 Hempstead Tpke., Levittown): It’s hard to believe the '80s was 40 years ago, but stepping inside Levittown’s new restaurant-arcade brings you right back. The décor touches on "Saved by the Bell" and throwback blockbuster hits, and diners can play timeless games like Ms. Pac-Man, Donkey Kong and Bubble Hockey. On the menu, diners will find old school comfort foods. Standouts include disco fries, wings and brick-pressed burgers. More info: 516-899-5309,

The "Great American Hero" at Arcadia Retro Eats in Levittown features chicken...

The "Great American Hero" at Arcadia Retro Eats in Levittown features chicken cutlet, bacon, fresh mozzarella and sharp provolone. Credit: Cara Howe Photography

King's Chophouse (52 E. Main St., Bay Shore): King's Chophouse is a foil of sorts to the sprawling steakhouses of Nassau County: Dry-aged ribeyes, steak fries as wide as two fingers and clear-as-day Gibson cocktails served in a 45-seat, almost noir-like space of ornate Art Nouveau wallpaper with a veined marble bar, moody lighting and polished details. After two years of COVID-delayed planning, the restaurant has landed in a building that was once a deli and, fittingly, a butcher. Besides steaks, the menu features a double-cut Berkshire pork chop with romesco sauce, plums and chorizo; and sliced duck breast from Crescent Duck Farm. There's also a raw bar. More info: 631-647-2688,


South Shore Dive (65 Main St., West Sayville): At this trendy pub and restaurant, craft brews, cocktails and comfort food are the draw, and on Sunday nights through the winter, so is hot chocolate. Get a mug of traditional or mint hot chocolate, which can be spiked with RumChata or Stoli vanilla, plus add toppings like marshmallows, Teddy Grahams and gummy bears. Live music and a snow machine add to the vibe. More info: 631-218-6500,

Spiked hot chocolate topped with marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate syrup...

Spiked hot chocolate topped with marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate syrup at South Shore Dive in West Sayville. Credit: Daniel Brennan

The French Workshop (191 7th St., Garden City): This French-style bakery, which recently opened its second Long Island location, brings three types of hot cocoa to the table: classic hot, white chocolate and Nutella. The shop uses authentic chocolate — Monin for the white and Valrhona for the classic — for a tasty, rich cup of cocoa. Nutella is combined with steamed milk and ice for the third offering. Top your drink off with a sprinkle of cinnamon or classic housemade whipped cream. (Other location at 417 S. Oyster Bay Rd., Plainview). More info: 516-248-6800,

Druthers Coffee (1113 North Country Rd., Stony Brook): Melted-down white Callebaut chocolate and oat milk are infused with chamomile, lavender, spearmint, lemon myrtle and butterfly pea flower to create Druthers’ aptly named blue cocoa. Also on special through the winter: spicy cocoa (a dark chocolate and oat milk version infused with cayenne pepper and orange zest). If you want to stick to the basics — there’s also a classic vegan hot chocolate. Served hot or cold. More info:

For Five Coffee Roasters (292 Plandome Rd., Manhasset): The sleek For Five cafe may be known for its roster of coffee, but don't side step the hot chocolate (made with chocolate ganache and steamed milk). Before it's served, a barista will finish it with an Instagram-worthy design. More info: 516-918-9488,

Gotham hot chocolate at For Five Coffee Roasters in Manhasset.

Gotham hot chocolate at For Five Coffee Roasters in Manhasset. Credit: Newsday/Joann Vaglica

Grindstone Coffee & Donuts (7A Main St., Sag Harbor): This hipster doughnut shop also offers an impressive drinks list. Try a traditional hot chocolate or kick it up a notch with a spicy creation, the Mayan Mocha, made with Monin dark chocolate syrup, steamed whole milk, Saigon cinnamon and Cayenne pepper, and topped with a dusting of cocoa powder. More info: 631-808-3370,

Coffee Booths (226 Middle Country Rd., Selden): Specialty lattes are just the tip of the iceberg at this hidden gem. The family-owned and operated spot has a housemade hot chocolate on the menu (melted Belgium chocolate, sugar and a hint of Ghiradelli Classic White vanilla chips mixed with milk and steamed; topped with whipped cream and drizzling of chocolate), but any of its 15 specialty lattes can instead be made with a hot chocolate base. Options may include such rich flavors as s’mores, spicy dark chocolate, chocolate-dunked pretzel, Rice Krispy Treat and black-and-white cookie. Cash only. More info: 631-846-1966,

Whiskey Down Diner (252 Main St., Farmingdale): Sister and brother duo Alyson and John Kanaras are slinging more than just pancakes and eggs at their diner. Ahead of the holidays each year, the duo extends its drink menu to include Scott Calvin’s Boozy Hot Chocolate Bar (an homage to Tim Allen's character in "The Santa Clause.") It consists of five spiked hot chocolates — peppermint, s’mores, peanut butter, salted caramel and rainbow cookie; $12 each — and will be available through the winter. The drinks are made with a Nestle rich cocoa base, then jazzed up with liquor and toppings unique to each flavor. New this year: a flight of three five-ounce versions for dine-in only; $15 a flight. More info: 516-927-8264,

A boozy hot chocolate flight at Whiskey Down Diner in...

A boozy hot chocolate flight at Whiskey Down Diner in Farmingdale. Credit: Brittainy Newman

Toast Coffeehouse (9 S. Park Ave., Bay Shore): This carnival-themed breakfast-and-lunch spot offers a standard hot chocolate, also available in specialty options like s'mores and salted caramel. Hot chocolate here is served in 20-ounce glasses and can be spiked with vanilla or coconut rum. The Bay Shore Toast is also selling hot chocolate "bombs"-- a milk chocolate ball served in a mug with a side of steamed milk and either Bailey's Irish cream or whiskey. (Other locations at 242 East Main St. in Port Jefferson and 46 East Main St. in Patchogue). More info: 631-647-9560,

Costa Nova Waffle (211 2nd St., Mineola): This dainty waffle house that transports you straight to Portugal with its décor and food offers two hot chocolate options: Nutella and traditional. Both are made with Ghirardelli chocolate powder, which is mixed with water and steamed milk, then topped with a mocha drizzle or marshmallows. If you order the Nutella, the hazelnut spread is slathered on the inside of the cup. More info: 516-500-9802,

Soul Brew (556 Route 25A, Saint James): Since its inception in 2016, this coffee shop has been creating whimsical cups of joe. The same rings true for its hot chocolates, sometimes topped with Oreos, whipped cream, cinnamon, sprinkles or cereals. Standards on the menu include s’mores, peanut butter and banana, but turn to its extensive latte menu for more adventurous flavors like Cinnabon, apple pie, crunch berry, rainbow cookie or butter beer (for a hot chocolate, the base of the drink is swapped from an espresso to a Ghirardelli chocolate sauce base). Available hot or chilled. (Other locations at 2718 Grand Avenue, Bellmore 556 and 387 New York Ave., Huntington.) More info: 631-250-9238,

A cinnamon gingerbread hot chocolate at Soul Brew.

A cinnamon gingerbread hot chocolate at Soul Brew. Credit: Kristin Lambros

Witches Brew Coffee House (311 Hempstead Turnpike, West Hempstead): This Gothic Victorian cafe offers hot chocolate in 30 flavors — cocoa powder is infused with hot water and steamed milk, then mixed with syrup, allowing customers to choose from flavors like peanut butter, chocolate cupcake, raspberry and caramel. For a caffeine boost, try the half cocoa-half coffee (café au lait with cocoa powder and steamed milk). All drinks can be topped with marshmallows, shredded toasted coconut, sprinkles and more. More info: 516-489-9482


Avli (461 Hempstead Tpke, West Hempstead): Avgolemono, a heavenly Greek amalgamation of lemon and tempered eggs, is here augmented by a hearty amount of breast meat and contributions of carrots and orzo suspended in a thick and creamy velouté. (Other location at 2449 Jerusalem Ave., North Bellmore). More info: 516-564-7575

Avgolemono at Avli in West Hempstead.

Avgolemono at Avli in West Hempstead. Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

NY Soup Exchange (945 Franklin Ave., Garden City): Ken Kaplan’s Galveston gumbo is as hearty as it gets. Expect bountiful portions of pork sausage and chicken to lose themselves in Cajun splendor and heat, assisted mightily by a buttery roux studded with onions and okra. You’ll find no better cure for the winter blues. Or blocked sinuses, for that matter. More info: 516-742-7687,

Luso (133 W. Main St., Smithtown): Caldo verde, a Portuguese soup, is the very definition of rib-sticking, particularly at this churrasqueira, where the verde-ness comes not from kale but mellower collard greens, which join forces with an exceptionally creamy potato base, kicky vinegar, and a few thin slices of smoky chouriço scattered here and there. More info: 631-406-6820,

Los Andes (1844 Deer Park Ave., Deer Park): The seafood soup known as parihuela is the draw here. Finely crafted by a reverent kitchen, this version features shrimp, calamari, mussels and more, all soaking in a spicy fish stock so heavenly, you won’t leave a drop. (Other location at 275 E. Main St., Patchogue). More info: 631-392-1555

Parihuela at Los Andes in Deer Park.

Parihuela at Los Andes in Deer Park. Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

Pine Aire Fish & Deli (140 Pine Aire Dr., Bay Shore): At Pine Aire Fish & Deli, a Salvadoran seafood restaurant adjacent to a fish market, the two-meal-sized sopa de pescado comes with shrimp, a few clams and a whole red snapper in a heady brew, fragrant with cilantro. More info: 631-231-1655,

Little Mexico (3253 Horseblock Rd., Medford): At this supersized new Mexican restaurant in Medford (a younger-but-bigger sibling to the original Little Mexico in Middle Island), warm up with a bowl of pozole, the hearty soup made from a chili-rich broth, big hunks of pork and the eponymous pozole (hominy), kernels of corn that have been plumped and tenderized by a soak in a mild lye solution. More info: 631-730-8199

Saigon Casa (4747 Nesconset Hwy., Port Jefferson Station): In addition to a fine, fragrant pho, Saigon Casa makes the great noodle soup from the north Vietnamese city of Hue, bun bo Hue. It starts with pho broth that is fortified with chili paste, fermented shrimp paste and various bits and bobs of meat. The noodles for bun bo Hue are, as in pho, made with rice, but they are much thicker — almost as thick as Japanese udon — which suits the soup’s robust character. More info: 631-509-1000

Bun bo Hue at Saigon Casa in Port Jefferson Station. 

Bun bo Hue at Saigon Casa in Port Jefferson Station.  Credit: Noah Fecks

Bigelow’s (79 N. Long Beach Rd., Rockville Centre): While fried clams take center stage at this South Shore stalwart, in-the-know customers commence with clam chowder. The white is all creamy New England luxuriance while the red is that rare bird, a Manhattan clam chowder that doesn't taste like minestrone with a few clams thrown in. Don't care for clams? The suave seafood bisque features crab, shrimp and scallops. More info: 516-678-3878,

Yamaguchi (49 Main St., Port Washington): Among the classics at this long-standing Japanese restaurant is nabeyaki udon, thick wheat noodles in a crystal-clear broth along with chunks of chicken, shrimp tempura, sliced fish cakes, scallions and shiitake mushrooms. Thanks to its cast-iron pot, the soup stays hot for as long as it takes you to finish it. More info: 516-883-3500,

Dun Huang (8 Cold Spring Rd., Syosset): This new restaurant specializes in the hand-pulled wheat noodles of the Gansu province in Northwest China. The signature dish here is Lanzhou beef noodles, named for the province’s capital, which features noodles in a beef broth slicked with a layer of chili oil, along with slices of beef tendon and radish. Noodles are also available extra-thin, wide and extra wide. More info: 516-921-7060,

Signature Lanzhou beef noodles at Dun Huang in Syosset.

Signature Lanzhou beef noodles at Dun Huang in Syosset. Credit: Newsday/Erica Marcus


North Fork Roasting Co. (55795 Main Rd., Southold): This homey Southold spot is an oasis on cold winter days. Cozy up by the fireplace and order from a menu of coffee, tea and speciality lattes topped with Instagram-ready foam art. More info: 631-876-5450,

A mocha latte at North Fork Roasting Co. in Southold.

A mocha latte at North Fork Roasting Co. in Southold. Credit: Randee Daddona

Amici (304 Route 25A, Mount Sinai): Not one, not two but three fireplaces grace this sprawling Italian-American restaurant. Whether you prefer the bar, main dining room or back room, your Parm, Marsala or Francese will be served over pasta with a side of hearth. More info: 631-473-2400,

7 Gerard (7 Gerard St., Huntington): It’s only fitting that this wood-fired grill possesses some firepower outside of the kitchen. As heat rises, it’s only fitting that you’ll need to ascend to the top of this luxurious three-story restaurant to seek out the fireplace lounge. More info: 631-944-3777,

7 Gerard in Huntington.

7 Gerard in Huntington. Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

Cassariano (348 E. Jericho Tpke., Mineola): Cozy needn’t be synonymous with old-fashioned. Case in point: Cassariano, a sleek, modern Italian restaurant whose two elegant dining areas are separated by a free-standing fireplace that illuminates both. The menu’s New American touches include swordfish carpaccio and roasted duck breast with fig risotto. More info: 516-280-8990,

Barney’s (315 Buckram Rd, Locust Valley): Founded by Barney Burnett in 1893 (a literally larger-than-life figure whose 10-foot-long leather belt is displayed on the wall), this tavern is the perfect spot for a drink or a meal after a drive along the winding roads of Nassau’s Gold Coast. It’s been recently reinvigorated by new chef-owner Michael Caristo. More info: 516-671-6300,

Barney's in Locust Valley.

Barney's in Locust Valley. Credit: Raychel Brightman

Davenport Press (70 Main St., Mineola): Hard by the train tracks, this historic building began its life as a bank before becoming a printing press in 1924 and an easygoing American restaurant in 1978. The multi-roomed premises feature a collection of antiques and vintage photos; the big fireplace in the main dining room fits right in. More info: 516-248-8300,

Nancy’s (25541 Jericho Tpke., Floral Park): The very model of a cozy restaurant, Nancy’s features a refined, comfort-food menu that is the perfect complement to the fireplace that dominates the chalet-style dining room. Chef-partner David Sanders grinds his own beef, hand-cuts his own fries and makes his own bread and pasta. More info: 718-343-4616,

Old Fields (81 Broadway, Greenlawn): This Greenlawn stalwart comes into its own in winter, when the weather outside is offset by the warmth of the brick-and-wood décor and comfort-heavy menu of grills and braises. Grab a booth or a high-top table in the lounge to be backlit by the enormous fireplace. More info: 631-754-9868,

Old Fields in Greenlawn.

Old Fields in Greenlawn. Credit: Newsday/Erica Marcus

Primi Italian Steakhouse (999 Montauk Hwy., West Islip): This Italian steakhouse makes good on both promises and, during the cold months, adds a third feature: A huge fireplace that adds a flickering glow to the capacious bar and the front dining room. More info: 631-526-9779,

Rothmann’s (6319 Northern Blvd., East Norwich): If you’re not warmed enough by the prime meats and drinks, the lounge at this venerable steakhouse provides a roaring fire as well. After a long hiatus, Rothmann’s brunch buffet (all you can eat lobster, oysters, prime rib, smoked salmon and much more for $59.95) has returned. More info: 516-922-2500,

Ristorante Gemelli (175 E Main St., Babylon): The Tuscan-fantasy-farmhouse décor of this dependable Italian restaurant is further rusticated by the fireplace set into the back wall of the vaulted dining room. It’s a perfect setting for enjoying pappardelle Bolognese, Mama Gemelli's meatball parmigiana or the stuffed veal chop. More info: 631-321-6392,

Ristorante Gemelli in Babylon.

Ristorante Gemelli in Babylon. Credit: Newsday/Erica Marcus


It’s a banner year for Long Island winter farmers markets: Seven of them have committed to sticking it out until the weather warms up. Unlike our dozens of spring-summer-fall markets, the winter markets put more emphasis on breads, pastries, preserves and pickles than fresh-picked produce because, hey, this isn’t Florida or California.

Among the LI farms that grow throughout the winter in greenhouses, Sang Lee Farms and Greens by Gabrielsen will be selling at the Riverhead market, as will 4E Green Farm at the Huntington market. There’s also a sprinkling of microgreens and mushrooms at most of the markets and you’ll find "storage vegetables" (late harvests such as potatoes, winter squash, carrots, turnips, cabbage, etc.) from Fink’s Family Farm (at Crossroads Farm in Malverne), Goodale Farms (in Glen Cove) and, on alternate saturdays, in the shed at Restoration Farm in Old Bethpage.

Come early for the best selection, bring your own bags and remember: some vendors don’t show up every week.


It’s a new location for the Riverhead winter market, the Island’s biggest. The East End Food Market (run by Southampton’s East End Food Institute) has taken up permanent residence at the east end of town in the former home of Homeside Florist and Greenhouses. The 3,000-square-foot building has been completely renovated.

Where: 139 Main Road, Riverhead

When: Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Selected vendors: Greens by Gabrielsen, Sang Lee Farms, Sylvester Manor Educational Farm (pastured pork), Pendleton’s Harvest Moon Farm (lamb, eggs, jam and more), Aki’s Kitchen (for "soups, salads and treats"), Backyard Brine pickles, Blue Duck Bakery, Browder’s Birds (and eggs), Green Door Woodworks (handmade cutting boards), Jamesport Sourdough & Coffee, Kalypso Greek Yogurt, Mana Sauces (hummus and more), Mecox Bay Dairy, North Fork Oysters, Open Minded Organics (hemp extracts) plus a rotating lineup of local wineries.

Greens by Gabrielson of Jamesport sells salad greens, herbs and...

Greens by Gabrielson of Jamesport sells salad greens, herbs and potted plants at the East End Food Market in Riverhead. Credit: Newsday/Erica Marcus


In addition to its weekly market, Crossroads Farm at Grossman's will host fireside seed-saving socials on Jan. 29, Feb. 12 and 26, March 12. If interested, RSVP to

Where: 480 Hempstead Ave., Malverne

When: Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

More info: 516-881-7900,

Selected vendors: Finks Family Farm will be selling their own storage vegetables (potatoes, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, etc.) as well as local mushrooms, apples and more. Rotating through the season will be Horman’s Pickles, Local Batch cookies (made with freshly milled wheat).

Glen Cove

Formerly the Sea Cliff Farmers Market, Deep Roots Market decamped in 2021 to Glen Cove’s Garvies Point for the summer and fall. The market’s winter home is the empty retail space on the first floor of the Village Square apartment building in downtown Glen Cove. Set your GPS to 12 Bridge St.; the market is on the west side of the street, between Pratt Blvd. and Glen St.

Where: 100 Village Square, Glen Cove

When: Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

More info: 516-318-5487,

Selected vendors: Goodale Farms (eggs, meat, dairy, vegetables), Nelly’s Empanadas, Conscious Kitchen Vegan Meals and Snacks, Johnny’s Breads, Flourbud Bakery, Side Hustle Artisan Bread, La Trafila Pasta, Little Avenue Microgreens, Mushroom Queens, Beary Delicious Bakeshop, Naela’s Mediterranean Market.

Meat and dairy from Goodale Farms at Deep Roots Market...

Meat and dairy from Goodale Farms at Deep Roots Market in Glen Gove. Credit: Linda Rosier


This is the second year for the Garden Farmers Market. Host location, Patchogue’s Fantastic Gardens of Long Island, offers a heated (and ventilated) greenhouse during cold or rainy weather. Follow on Facebook for information on vendor-led craft seminars.

Where: Fantastic Long Island Gardens, 67 Avery Ave., Patchogue

When: Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Selected vendors: Ground and Sun Farms (microgreens on Saturday), South Shore Mushrooms (Sunday), Jaylo's Wine Shop, Fresh Seafood Direct, Lithology Brewing, Terra Nut (nut butters), Fresh Factor Juice, Moes Flavors and Angie’s Empanadas.


This year, the Huntington market has switched days from Saturday to Sunday.

Where: 423 Park Ave., Huntington, NY 11743

When: Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Selected vendors: 4 E Farms (fresh local produce), Three French Hens Bakery, Afragola Dolce (gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free treats), The Big Cheese (farmstead cheeses), Chowderhead Soup, Finest Macarons, Jon’s Gourmet Mushrooms, Kalypso Greek Yogurt, Halesite Habanero hot sauce, A Little Brittle Heaven (almond brittle), Orwashers Bread.

Assorted carrots from 4 E Green Farm at the winter farmers...

Assorted carrots from 4 E Green Farm at the winter farmers market in Huntington. Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

Port Jefferson

Where: Village Center, 101-A E. Broadway, Port Jefferson

When: Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Selected vendors: Brownies N’ Stuff, Joann’s Desserts, Mello Munch Awesome Granola, Terra Nut nut butters, Sweet Melissa Dips, Spilt Milk Macaron, Mr. B’s Hot Sauce, Springbrook Hollow Farm Distillery, (rainbow-cookie-inspired treats), Knot of this World Pretzels.

Old Bethpage

Restoration Farm's farmstand is open a few days a week throughout the year but, during the winter, hours are limited to alternate Saturdays.

Where: 140 Bethpage-Sweet Hollow Rd., Old Bethpage

When: Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 15 and 29, Feb. 12 and 26; from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 12 and 26, April 9, 23 and 30.

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You won’t find a better selection of storage vegetables anywhere on Long Island: carrots, leeks, broccoli (regular and romanesco), turnips, radishes (daikon, black), potatoes, sweet potatoes, cabbage, celery root, winter squash, garlic, onions, shallots and more.

Compiled by Corin Hirsch, Erica Marcus, Ian Stark, Joann Vaglica and Scott Vogel