4 Cozy Restaurants You Need to Try This Winter on Long Island

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In Scandinavia, the word “cozy” is interpreted as hygge, which is both a concept and a feeling. But you don’t have to head across the pond for a taste of comfy culture. On Long Island, some of the best restaurants are also the coziest ones. As winter closes in, consider a visit to some of these warm spaces. These four spaces provide a bit of brightness in a cold, dark season.

Mill Creek Tavern

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If the stone façade of the working fireplace in the dining room of this Bayville restaurant doesn’t speak to the cozy enthusiast in you, I’m not sure what will. Well, actually, I can think of one thing: the restaurant’s three-cheese spinach and artichoke fondue.

The LakeHouse

This Bay Shore restaurant has two separate dining spaces with working fireplaces, for the ultimate in coziness. Add to the equation the wild mushroom risotto with asparagus and truffled Pecorino and you have the recipe for the warmest of winter evenings.

18 Bay

On Shelter Island, 18 Bay serves up smart, delicious Italian food in the island’s original general store. Visiting 18 Bay feels like walking into an old friend’s house. The coziest tables? The ones by the windows that open to the front porch. Since meals here are all prix-fixe, it’s a great place to dig your heels in and stay awhile.


Dinner at Orto is a delicious and soul-warming endeavor, thanks, in large part, to wood accents, warm terra cotta tile floors, and a fireplace. Pastas, like the homemade malfade, are homemade, though the appetizer meatballs—served with tomato sauce and over polenta—feels like the ultimate in coziness all by itself.