The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene.
Whether youre strolling through the downtown area or headed for the Fire Island Ferry, Sayvilles varied dining scene offers no shortage of enticements. Here are five possibilities:
BISTRO 25 , 45 Foster Ave., 631-589-7775
The draw at this big, bustling bistro is chef Brian Shurens high-caliber cooking at surprisingly moderate prices. Get into the braised pork belly over corn pudding, truffled mac and cheese, short ribs and, for dessert, a blackberry-lemon tart Tatin.
LA TAVOLA , 183 W. Main St., 631-750-6900
This country-style trattoria manages to be both homey and contemporary. On the menu: duck spiedini, crispy long-stemmed artichokes, potato and sheep's milk ricotta gnocchi alla Bolognese and Parmesan encrusted pork loin.
BUTERAS , 100 S. Main St., 631-563-0805
This South Suffolk branch of a successful Long Island Italian restaurant group specializes in big flavors and big portions. Standouts include warm scallop salad, pan-baked veal sausage lasagna and chicken parm. Theres also a list of lighter options.
DOWNTOWN BURGER AT FIVE POINTS CAFE , 1 Main St., 631-567-5655
Imaginatively topped burgers and fine milkshakes keep this Sayville downtowner hopping. In fine weather, theres outdoor seating in the courtyard.
THE CULL HOUSE , 75 Terry St., 631-563-1546
Near the Fire Island ferry, this popular and casual seafood house lures diners with its raw bar, steamed clams and mussels, fish and chips, steamers, fried calamari, steamed lobster, lobster rolls and clambake.