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Long Island restaurants with fire pits

When the temperature drops, fire pits heat up—particularly in the courtyards of restaurants and hotels all over Long Island. External (and socially distant) settings are sure to be popular

the garden (739 Main Road, Aquebogue): This is the kind of place that makes North Fork so special – a restaurant set in a home-like structure with wooden floors and dim lights. It is warm and romantic and has a menu from southern Italy. At the back, there is a secluded patio with a brick patio and a circular pit where people often go to wait for their dinner table to be ready. This fire pit isn’t really meant for a meal, but take a glass of wine again on a clear night and you’ll see stars above the stars. More information: 631-779-3900, ilgiardinoaquebogue.com

Maxwell (501 Main St., Islip): The bustling casual restaurant and bar has a walled patio with a fire pit where people are welcome to take a seat to stave off the cold in late fall. If you’re going to eat around the fire, Maxwell’s “social board” menu has loaded takeouts, nachos, pretzels and other treats along with a full list of beers, wines, and drinks. More information: 631-210-0011, Lessings.com

Montauk Journey (290 Old Montauk Hwy., Montauk): It’s hard to do Top view is near the rooftop of this classic, classic hotel, restaurant and resort, just a short distance from the Atlantic Ocean, which crashes and splashes in the background. The fire pit here is among the most popular attractions of the place and it burns all year round. Summer and winter crowds are tucked away under dim Edison bulbs, flanked by bonfires while chatting, eating and drinking. Offseason guests won’t get live bands and summer DJs, but there’s still good reason to get out. This is the Hamptons, so sipping roses or champagne is always appropriate – see if there’s anything special mixed in in the hotel’s Regent Cocktail Club section (which also happens to have a good indoor fireplace, too). More information: 631-668-2345, gurneysinn.com

President (117 New York Ave., Huntington): Talk about the perfect storm: sushi, steak, and seafood, plus sophisticated cocktails, wine, and handcrafted beer—and then there’s a view of Huntington Harbor. Prime’s fire pit is located at the top of the deck, making it a fun experience with friends on any given night. More information: 631-385-1515, restaurantprime.com

Indigo Hotel (1830 West Main St., Riverhead): Diners at the hotel’s Bistro 72 welcome their drinks back to relaxing on semicircular covered patio furniture around a wood-fired fire pit as well as a propane-fired triangular fire tower. The dishes here are more suitable for the dinner table – meat, fish and poultry – but smaller options like pickles and wings or fried desserts (think brownies a la mode) will definitely work around the fire. More information: 631-369-2200, indigoeastend.com

Broadway Market (643 Broadway, Rocky Point): This modern café offers a menu of comfort foods, as well as brunch. At the back, there is a stone-filled fire pit that guests can pull out a chair into and feel the heat. If they aren’t sold out by the time you get there, grab one of the homemade apple pies. More information: 631-849-1729, bmropo.com

from tiki key (31 Baker Place, Patchoug): This fire pit along the Patchoug River is active all year round. In the cooler months, live entertainment moves indoors but many guests still find their way out into the blazing flames for drinks and conversation while sitting on the beach chairs. The pit here is a large stone ring and the flames get a nice rise. This spot serves up fruity cocktails at the Tiki Bar, but in the cooler air, a coconut jalapeño margarita is perhaps the kind of beachy, spicy brew to try. More information: 631-475-1723, offkeytikki.com