It's cold enough now. So, with weather forecasters' wintry banter turning snowy, here are three spots where you'll enjoy the comfort of dumplings, buns, and more.
Yum Yum Dumplings in Centereach pretty much sums itself up in a name. It's a casual, friendly eatery that knows what counts. Recommended: pork-and-crab meat soup dumplings; pork soup dumplings; boiled shrimp, pork, and chive dumplings; pan-fried pork and cabbage dumplings; pan-fried beef and scallion dumplings; pork and crab meat shumai; pork steamed buns; soft wonton soup; hot-and-sour dumpling soup; xianbing meat pie; sticky rice and pork wrap. Inexpensive.
Yum Yum Dumplings, 2432 Middle Country Rd., Centereach, 631-676-3148, yumyumdumplings.com
Red Tiger Dumpling House in Stony Brook has become a mainstay for bracing satisfying dumplings and other treats. Recommended: steamed pork-and-crab meat soup dumplings; steamed pork soup dumplings; chicken dumplings with scallion and ginger; crystal shrimp dumplings; steamed vegetable dumplings with mushroom, cabbage, and carrot; pork and vegetable pot stickers; house special duck bun; scallion pancake wrap with spicy pork; hot pot beef. Moderate.
Red Tiger Dumpling House, 1320 Stony Brook Rd., Stony Brook, 631-675-6899, redtigerdumpling.com
Fortune Wheel in Levittown is an expansive seatery tucked into a shopping center stretch. Once inside, you're in a fast-paced destination for dim sum, seafood, and Chinese and Chinese-American fare. Recommended: roast pork bun; shrimp dumplings; crisp taro cake; turnip cake; deep-fried shrimp balls; lobster Cantonese; lobster in black bean sauce; shrimp with lobster sauce; orange beef; shredded beef in garlic sauce; ma po tofu; hot-and-sour soup; and the daily specials. Moderate.
Fortune Wheel, 3601 Hempstead Tpke., Levittown, 516-579-4700.