National, haute-steak houses are comparatively few on Long Island, where locals dominate. Here are three.
MORTON'S THE STEAKHOUSE , Great Neck
The Morton's group is consistent. And the Great Neck Morton's is a very popular Northern Boulevard entry. Recommendations include the porterhouse for two, lobster, crabmeat cocktail, crabcakes, pork chops, Key lime pie.
RUTH'S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE , Garden City
This branch of Ruth's Chris is situated a side dish away from The Capital Grille. It's a businesslike operation with the obligatory sizzle. Recommended: strip steak, filet mignon, crabcake, shellfish cocktails, caramelized banana cream pie.
A very bucolic branch of the chain that started in Manhattan, this Palm is one of the Hamptons' prime tables in summer, and dependable year-round. Among the winning choices are the double-sirloin, 3-pound-and-up lobsters, shellfish cocktails, swordfish steak.