What's coral in color, tastes of the sea and is usually spread on pita?
The answer is taramasalata, a major temptation at Greek, Turkish and Mediterranean restaurants. The specialty is made with fish roe -- usually cod -- that's whipped together with bread crumbs, olive oil and a splash of lemon.
Here are three restaurants with taramasalata worth seeking out:
AYHAN'S FISH KEBAB, Port Washington
At this seafood-centric Mediterranean spot with a fresh fish display at its entryway, the taramasalata is imbued with lovely marine flavor and light texture. Spread on house-made pita, it's irresistible.
286 Main St.; 516-883-1515
OPA GRILLE, Williston Park
The taramasalata at this Greek newcomer is a standout, with just the right briny depth.
432 Hillside Ave.; 516-307-9966
NERAKI GREEK MEDITERRANEAN GRILL, Huntington
At this attractive sea-blue Greek restaurant, the taramasalata is airy and oceanic. Order it alone or as part of a pikilia, or assortment of dips.
273 Main St.; 631-385-3473