There's more than one way for a restaurant to feed you. Here are four different kinds of dining spots with exemplary manners.
The friendly and efficient servers at this new Italian place carefully explain that dishes come in both individual and family-style portions. They check back to make sure everyone at the table is happy with what they ordered.
3103-3105 N. Jerusalem Rd., Levittown, 516-719-5333, riellashomestyle.com
At this little house of Asian fare, you get a warm greeting the first time you go, a hearty "welcome back" the second.
252 Broadway, Greenlawn, 631-262-8800, akebonofusionsushi.com
It's apparent that servers at these sleek Long Island branches of a national seafood chain are well-trained. Attired in white chef's jackets, they exude both professionalism and warmth.
340 Sunrise Hwy., Rockville Centre, 516-766-1238, and 472 Smith Haven Mall, Lake Grove, 631-724-4012, bonefishgrill.com
At this welcoming little spot serving up the flavors of Tibet, China, India and Thailand, servers take pains to make sure dishes are spiced to diners' specifications.
106 Woodbury Rd., Hicksville, 516-932-9180
This spot offers warm and friendly service that is accommodating and unpretentious. Its tatami rooms and oversized fish tank feels like a refuge from all the hard-edge Asian fusion spots opening on Long Island.
1543 Montauk Hwy., Oakdale, 631-218-0808, ichibansushiny.com