Great grilled meat, fish and chicken often starts by being marinated in a well-spiced mixture. Grilling adds a layer of smokiness.
It's a method of cooking found in many cuisines. Here are four places to find something smoky, juicy and appealing.
At this new wine bar specializing in Italian small plates, the herb-marinated lamb chops are coated with spices, grilled to delectability. ($15)
The Gallery at Westbury Plaza 1002 Old Country Rd., Garden City, 516-228-5400
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It's worth seeking out this hidden Mediterranean-Middle Eastern eatery (call for directions) for something marinated and grilled. Try the salmon kebabs, which are moist and infused with spice. ($5.75 a skewer; $14.95, platter)
46 Gerard St., Huntington, 631-923-0448
This Vietnamese newcomer serves up flavor and nuance in its tender grilled pork chop over rice. ($7.25)
817 Carman Ave., Westbury, 516-414-1738
The kitchen does well with marinated grilled chicken breast, thin cutlets that come off the grill smoky and surprisingly juicy. ($14.25 platter)
430 N. Country Rd., St. James, 631-686-6506