Striped bass at Almond Bar & Restaurant

Almond Bar & Restaurant
“This time of year it’s all about the comfort, conviviality, and confit,” says co-owner Eric Lemonides. Onion soup gratinè, cassoulet, and warm Brussels sprouts salad are among favorite past seasonal options. 1 Ocean Road, Bridgehampton, 537-5665;

The Living Room Restaurant
The Scandinavian-influenced spot will, of course, be serving glögg in December, which guests can enjoy fireside. Top winter dishes include lamb shank with rosemary custard and squash, and seared local bay scallops with pumpkin cheese purée. 207 Main St., East Hampton, 324-5006;

Nick & Toni’s
On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays the wood-burning oven turns out a variety of pizzas, and a two-course “film and food” dinner can be enjoyed for $35 with a movie ticket. Nick & Toni’s also offers a “create your own” three-course prix-fixe in the fall and winter. 136 N. Main St., East Hampton, 324-3550

The North Fork Table & Inn
During the cooler season, “we often have wine dinners, and sometimes it’s only eight people and the winemaker,” explains co-owner Mike Mraz. Appetizers of raw hamachi and seared foie gras, as well as risotto or ricotta cavatelli with hints of white truffle satiate appetites throughout the holidays. 57225 Main Road, Southold, 765-0177;

Osteria Salina
By Thanksgiving, a new fireplace will complement Osteria Salina’s hearty dishes—like mussel and saffron soup, osso buco, braised lamb shank over farro, and pork loin with apples—and Malvasia wine. A new Sicilian almond crumble made with local sweet potatoes is a delicious finish. 95 School St., Bridgehampton, 613-6469

“We never, never, never close,” maintains owner Pierre Weber. “If there is snow, we simply shovel it away!” The bistro is even sexier in the winter, when you can snuggle up over a glass of red wine and enjoy boeuf bourguignon or pot-au-feu stocked with beef shank, spare ribs, and a hearty vegetable broth. 2468 Main St., Bridgehampton, 537-5110;

Race Lane
“A lot of people gather around [our fireplace] and want something small to eat,” says owner Rowaida Plumeri. For this, Race Lane has added a new bar menu featuring cod in coconut lemongrass broth and braised short rib with red wine, horseradish gremolata, beets, and carrots. 31 Race Lane, East Hampton, 324-5022

The large, central pizza oven turns out a Regina Margherita pie with buffalo mozzarella and foccacia with Robiolo cheese, pancetta, and arugula. Other cold-weather plates are risotto with black truffle and Champagne, homemade ravioli with porcini mushrooms, and marinated and roasted Cornish hen with sage and rosemary. 104 N. Main St., East Hampton, 267-3500;

Sotto Sopra
The restaurant is open for cozy winter dinners. Chilly weather plates include pan-roasted duck in a red wine reduction with carrot puree and wilted spinach; monkfish wrapped in prosciutto with roasted potatoes and buttered fava beans; and risotto with butternut squash, goat cheese, and arugula. 231 Main St., Amagansett, 267-3695

Southfork Kitchen
Burning logs in the cast-iron wrap fireplace lend an added glow to the rustic wood interior at Southfork Kitchen, which is open this winter through December. For something to satisfy your sweet tooth after dinner, enjoy butterscotch pudding with duck fat popcorn and house-made vanilla ice cream. 203 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Tpk., Bridgehampton, 537-4700

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