The January thaw is giving way to the return of chilly nights. Here are three restaurants where you’re sure to warm up, courtesy of the food and the mood.
Oak Chalet in Bellmore specializes in German and continental cuisines, all served in a homey setting. Recommended: the schlacht platter of bratwurst, knockwurst, smoked pork chop and potato pancakes; sauerbraten with red cabbage and potato dumpling; Wiener schnitzel a la Holstein; frikadelle, a meat loaf with mushroom gravy. Moderate
Oak Chalet, 1940 Bellmore Ave., Bellmore, 516-826-1700, oakchalet.net
Jonathan’s Ristorante in Huntington combines traditional Italian fare with considerable flair. Recommended: fritto misto; bucatini Bolognese; tagliatelle with eggplant, basil, and mozzarella; mushroom risotto; flatbread of prosciutto, figs, ricotta and honey; duck breast with tart cherry sauce; double-cut pork chop; chicken with lemon-rosemary sauce. Expensive
Jonathan’s Ristorante, 15 Wall St., Huntington, 631-549-0055, jonathansristorante.com
The 1770 House in East Hampton dates to its namesake year and then some. And it is has been dependably excellent, especially now. Recommended: spicy Montauk fluke tartare; cauliflower soup; loin of lamb with olives and saffron risotto; pork tenderloin with sage-walnut pesto; sticky date cake; tangerine creme brulee; ricotta cheesecake. Expensive
The 1770 House, 143 Main St., East Hampton, 631-324-1770, 1770house.com