Warm Up at LI Lodge-Like Restaurants

Fall is in full swing and winter is not far behind, which means people are on the hunt for restaurants that prioritize comfort foods and cozy settings. As a natural refuge from the elements, lodge-like restaurants are a sure-fire way to find warmth and nourishment. Long Island is home to five standout spots in particular.

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Good Steer, Lake Grove

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An unpretentious steakhouse, Good Steer has all the trappings of a cozy respite. Woodsy, country-cabin furnishings and a cozy fireplace that exudes nothing but warmth. And the food doesn’t take a back seat. French onion soup, French-fried onion rings, colossal burgers and steaks—the list goes on. The Good Steer always guides diners in the right direction. Phone: 631-585-8212 | Address: 2810 Middle Country Road Click to taste

Vintage Prime Steakhouse, St. James

This popular chophouse likes to pair high-end steaks and fish with a side of mountain lodge. Sit among oak wooden chairs and walls, a fireplace and landscape art as you feast on the prime porterhouse for two, Maryland crab cakes or the granddaddy of them all—a 28oz cowboy rib steak. Phone: 631-862-6440 | Address: 433 N Country Road Click to taste

Mirabelle Tavern, Stony Brook

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Mirabelle Tavern is a dark wooden, folksy place that goes big on comfort fare. There are small plates for sharing, hearty soups, artisan cheeses and fried delicacies like fish and chips and pizza with crispy bacon. Guests don’t have to look far for warmth since the focal point of the dining room is a stone fireplace complemented by antique gold-rimmed lantern lighting and a wealth of candles. Phone: 631- 751-0555 | Address: 150 Main St. Click to taste

Blackstone Steakhouse, Melville

A polished spot, Blackstone Steakhouse is situated amidst its share of craftsmanship. There’s quarried stone and rich natural wood warmed by the glow of chandeliers and fireplaces. The menu combines steakhouse classics with delicious sushi and seafood creations. Guests rave about the marinated skirt steak, Caesar salad and the signature lobster rainbow roll with spicy crunchy lobster and avocado. Phone:  631-271-7780 | Address: 10 Pinelawn Road Click to taste

Jimmy Hays, Island Park

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The place to go for incredible steaks, fish and sides, walking into Jimmy Hays immediately whets patrons appetites. The aroma is savory, the surroundings comfortable with dark paneling and historic photos and spacious, cozy booths built for good conversation. Start with an order of the roasted garlic bread with a rich gorgonzola sauce. Follow it up with the to-die-for filet mignon or a dish of Maine lobster broiled over allumette potatoes. Phone: 516-432-5155 | Address: 4310 Austin Blvd. Click to taste