Spicy Restaurants to Keep You Warm

A little smokiness, a little sizzle and a whole lot of spice—the palate just screams for heat in the winter. As the temperature drops below freezing, pencil in an evening at a spicy Long Island restaurant where the food provides nothing but warmth.

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The Bayou, Bellmore


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Through an easy to navigate menu, the Bayou indicates its spicy dishes with little flames next to the name. Start the meal with an order of the Bayou big fun wings, which are tossed in the perfect blend of hot sauce, butter and spice and served with blue cheese dressing. Those searching for a hearty entrée can take a walk on the wild side with the steak diablo. Grilled sirloin is smothered in smokin’ hot habanero gravy and served with sweet potato fries. Aside from sweating scalps, the colorful lights and hanging lamps add to the warm vibes. Phone: 516-785-9263 | Address: 2823 Jerusalem Ave Click to taste

Big Daddy’s, Massapequa

Opened in 1993, this New Orleans-themed spot specializing in Cajun, Creole and Southern fare has a knack for making mouths water. The Creole jambalaya, a Louisiana classic, is a winner. It has andouille sausage mixed with smoked turkey, Tasso ham, shrimp and crawfish sautéed in a spicy Creole tomato sauce and rice. For a milder taste (with a hot kick), dabble with Billy Carters crawfish. The crawfish tails are sautéed in a medium spiced peanut honey sauce and served over rice. Last but not least, the atmosphere is kept at a fiery level with live music several nights a week. Phone: 516-799-8877 | Address: 1 Park Ln Click to taste

Chilli & Curry, Hicksville

The space may be on the smaller side, but this Indian restaurant sure knows how to bring the heat. Through a menu of Northern Indian fare plus Chinese and Thai fusion dishes, diners need not search far for spicy tastes. Crowd-favorites range from the spicy coriander soup to the chicken tikka masala cooked with spices, crushed black peppers, curry leaves and yogurt. Phone: 516-932-9180 | Address: 106 Woodbury Rd Click to taste

Del Fuego, Various Locations

Del Fuego

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When fire is in the name of a restaurant, diners know the spicy food must be good. The Tex-Mex sensation with brightly-colored collages and sombreros offers a menu full of rich delicacies. Think: stuffed jalapeños (bacon wrapped with BBQ brisket and cheddar), crispy red snapper with tomato habanero sauce, capers and olives and spicy seared tuna over a field of greens. Click to taste

Pancho Villa’s, Huntington

A fun south-of-the-border decorated restaurant, Pancho Villa doesn’t let anyone leave cold or unsatisfied. Expect dishes like pork chops Mexicano with a mild or spicy verde sauce and a paella seafood combination (spicy lovers can add in mixed jalapeño peppers!). Phone: 631-549-0022 | Address: 311 New York Ave Click to taste