New American, traditional appeal: 3 picks

Eric Himelfarb from Washington (state) sits underneath a Eric Himelfarb from Washington (state) sits underneath a blackboard at one of the long tables at the newly opened restaurant Market Bistro in Jericho. (Dec. 28, 2011.) Photo Credit: Agaton Strom

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These are go-to restaurants, with eclectic menus, consistent quality and an upbeat mood. They suit the appetite any day of the week.

MARKET BISTRO

, Jericho

Very enjoyable and very good, Market Bistro effortlessly balances the homey and the polished. Try the skillet-roasted chicken, steak frites, deviled eggs, house-made pickles, onion soup, mussels and fries, the Cuban sandwich, a major burger.

CITY CELLAR

, Westbury

This wine bar and grill is a buoyant, brasserie-style gathering place for groups big and small. Very good food, including individual pizzas, a burger, pine nut-crusted goat cheese salad, steak frites, braised lamb shank, grilled yellowfin tuna.

HORACE & SYLVIA'S , Babylon

An easygoing local establishment, Horace & Sylvia's has variety to go with the friendly style. Look for the southern-fried chicken, pan-seared striped bass, fish taco starring grouper, sauteed haddock, good salads, sandwiches, wraps.

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