Yes, the forecast is for snow. So before you start thinking about a refreshing lobster roll or bracing gazpacho, think about ways to warm up. Here are three restaurants that know how to do exactly that.
Red Tiger Dumpling House warms you with Chinese fare prepared with care. The essentials include soup dumplings with crab meat and pork; soup dumplings with ground pork and ginger; crystal shrimp dumplings; sauteed cabbage Hunan-style; hot-and-sour soup; General Tso’s chicken; orange chicken; orange beef. $-$$
1320 Stony Brook Rd., Stony Brook, 631-675-6899, redtigerdumplinghouse.net
Brasserie Cassis brings you a look that hints of old France and a menu that provides some very hearty food. Recommended are the onion soup under a lid of melted Gruyère cheese; the onion tart with goat cheese; escargots with garlic butter; sole meunière glistening from brown butter; duck a l’orange; mussels finished with bacon, leeks, and beer; steak au poivre. $$-$$$
387 S. Oyster Bay Rd., Plainview, 516-653-0090, brasseriecassis.com
Oak Chalet, homey and welcoming, specializes in husky German cuisine, with a few side trips. Top choices include the combo plate of bratwurst, knockwurst, and smoked pork chop; frikadelle, a Teutonic spin on meatloaf, with mushrooms gravy and potato pancake; Wiener schnitzel with potato pancake; beef goulash with spaetzle. $$
Oak Chalet, 1940 Bellmore Ave., Bellmore, 516-826-1700, oakchalet.net