Fight winter's bite with some bracing fare. Here are three restaurants that should have you leaving with a glow.
When an eatery offers bratwurst with sauerkraut as appetizer, what more can you say? Enjoy the husky opener and other German specialties at Pumpernickels in Northport. It's one of Long Island's few destinations for the hearty, traditional staples. Sample sauerbraten with potato dumplings and red cabbage, smoked pork loin, beef rouladen, and any comb of wursts.
Pumpernickels is at 640 Main St., Northport; 631-757-7959.
Revel in Belgian brews and the food that goes with them at Waterzooi, a festive mainstay in Garden City. Among the choices are cheese fondue, charcuterie, pork-belly sliders, the namesake seafood stew, lobster croquettes, and carbonnade a la flamande, a gutsy beef stew from Flanders. And turn nostalgic about the 1964-65 World's Fair with Belgian waffles for dessert.
Waterzooi is at 850 Franklin Ave., Garden City; 516-877-2177.
Pine Grove Inn has been serving continental and German dishes since 1910. Selections include grilled kielbasa with sauerkraut, slab bacon by the slice, potato pancakes with applesauce, onion soup, prime rib, sauerbraten, Wiener schnitzel with mushroom gravy, and beef Stroganoff with buttered noodles and carrots.
Pine Grove Inn is at 1 First Ave., Patchogue; 631-475-9843.