Outdoor dining in igloos was all the rage last winter. Not only did the pop-up seating areas provide a private, safe environment in which to eat during the pandemic, they also offered a unique experience for diners across Long Island.
Igloo dining is still alive and well, it seems, where many eateries have opted to maintain their pop-up sites this winter. Plus, there are plenty of other private dining choices on the Island. Check out our list of restaurants and igloo-at-home options that offer an alternative to traditional dining options.
Mirabelle Restaurant & Tavern
50 Main St, Stony Brook
The historic Three Village Inn’s eatery is known for its French bistro/American comfort food menu. But in November 2021, the restaurant earned another claim to fame when it launched its heated igloos. Each igloo has a unique theme and seasonal decor. Better yet, Mirabelle is offering specials to reserve igloos for Valentine’s Day, from Feb. 11 to Feb. 14. Special reservations are available for brunch and dinner options which include a bottle of Prosecco. Igloos can be reserved Wednesday through Sunday, and more information can be found at Mirabelle’s website here.
501 Main Street, Islip
Another successful eatery (like Mirabelle, owned by Lessings) is located in the heart is Islip. Enjoy drinks outdoors in Maxwell’s backyard igloos, which are complete with twinkling fairy lights and adorned with seasonal touches. Similar to Mirabelle, Maxwell’s is currently offering Valentine’s Day packages to plan the perfect, romantic night in an igloo. For more information, visit the Maxwell’s website here.
Gurney’s Montauk Resort and Seawater Spa
290 Old Montauk Hwy, Montauk
Gurney’s may just be one of the most well-known luxury hotels not only in Montauk, but anywhere on Long Island. With breathtaking ocean views, Gurney’s sets the standard for waterside luxury, and ups the ante with it Bungalows by the Sea, a private outdoor dining experience with a firepit. Specialty cocktails and menu options are available. For more information, visit Gurney’s Montauk here.
Long Island Igloos
Nassau and Suffolk Counties
Don’t feel like driving to a restaurant? Or can’t nab a reservation in time for that special night? No problem: Long Island Igloos will come to you. With one call, the company can bring a fully-furnished igloo to any party, special night, corporate event or wedding. Igloos are customizable with sectional seating, tables, LED lighting, heater, air purifiers and more. For more information, visit Long Island Igloos here.
Red Salt Room
45 7th St, Garden City
Chef David Burke’s Red Salt Room opened in the Garden City Hotel in 2018. The high-end eatery has lux igloos at The Patio Bar, which hosts up to four guests during the winter months. Each igloo includes an air purifier, heater, music and a preordered menu package. Private rentals are available at certain time slots from Thursday through Saturday. For more information, visit the Red Salt Room by David Burke here.
Coach Meeting House
160 Mill River Rd, Oyster Bay
Since opening in 2020, Coach Meeting House quickly adapted to the pandemic. It made local headlines when it crafted the first-ever drive-thru frozen slushie bar and has continued to develop its Italian-American menu. Private cabanas and igloos that seat up to eight are available for reservations through OpenTable. For more information, visit Coach Meeting House here.