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Sea scallops with Brussels sprouts at Windamere. (Credit: Felicia LaLomia).

There never really needs to be a reason to enjoy a well-prepared, delicious meal.

Relaxation, indulgence, spontaneity, pleasure – lack of wanting to cook – all make for solid excuses to splurge on a restaurant-made dinner that will leave you feeling satisfied.

But as the cold weather months set in, there are a few less options for places to indulge.

Here are six menu items we’d recommend at year-round restaurants across the North Fork this winter. 

aMano, Mattituck

Goat Cheese Pizza

Made with olive and roasted Garlic, mushrooms, marinated tomato, and rosemary, $18/

13550 Main Rd,

Frisky Oyster, Greenport

Widow’s Hole Oysters Friskafella

with garlic spinach, chipotle, parmigiano aioli, $21

27 Front St.,

The Halyard, Greenport

Ricotta Cavatelli Bolognese

Made with housemade cavatelli pasta, grassfed beef bolognese and parmigiano-reggiano, $31.

58775 County Rd 48,

Legends, New Suffolk

Cacciucco – Tuscan Seafood Stew

Made with tuna, shrimp, clams, salmon, mussels, and full bodied broth garlic crostini, $36. You can also add a (five to six oz.) Canadian lobster tail, $25.

835 1st St.,

Preston House, Riverhead

NY State Duck Breast

Made with NY state duck breast, sour sherry emulsion, king trumpet mushroom, and glazed pumpkin, $40/

428 E Main St.,

Windamere, Mattituck

Sea Scallops

Currently served with fregola, Brussels sprouts and crispy shallots, $38.

2255 Wickham Ave,