Early bird dinner specials at Long Island restaurants

MILL CREEK TAVERN (275 Bayville Ave., Bayville): For

MILL CREEK TAVERN (275 Bayville Ave., Bayville): For $24.95, the attractive, comfortable gastropub serves three courses. To start, choose among such options as lobster bisque, mussels au vin blanc or a wedge salad. Main course possibilities include pecan-crusted sole and pork Milanese. For dessert, choose a warm apple crisp, Oreo mousse pie or New York cheesecake. (Served Tuesday to Sunday, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.) (Jan. 2, 2014) (Credit: Jeremy Bales)

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In today's belt-tightening economy, you'd do well to take a tip from the senior generation: Eat out early and catch some of the best dining deals around. While you fill up on a bargain-priced multicourse meal, the restaurant fills empty tables during normally off-peak times. -- JOAN REMINICK, joan.reminick@newsday.com

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