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Tropical dining escapes on Long Island

People dine at Cafe Havana Bar & Grill

(Credit: Newsday, 2008 / Ana P. Gutierrez)

That's you, sitting by a palm tree, looking out over warm aqua waters and sunny white sands, a glass of sangria in one hand, an empanada in the other. Or maybe you're the one sipping a glass of Thai iced tea, eating chicken satay off a wood skewer. Time to wake up. Admittedly, you won't be hopping on a plane to Santo Domingo or Bangkok any time soon. But you can, at least, pull off a culinary trip to warmer climes. We'll help you banish cold winds and gray skies with these LI eating escapes, where you can taste the tropics in every bite. --Joan Reminick

  • Critic rating 1
    The Bahama Breeze Island Grille, located in Lake

    Bahama Breeze Island Grille $$ | Caribbean, Chain restaurants 612 Smith Haven Mall Lake Grove Located in Lake Grove, Bahama Breeze Island Grille is a cheerful, tropical restaurant with an ...

  • Critic rating 2

    Besito $$ | Mexican 1516 Old Northern Blvd. Roslyn These sophisticated Mexican siblings get the mood going with guacamole, prepared tableside. The seviche du ...

  • Critic rating 2
    A Besito Patron Margarita, served at Besito, an

    Besito $$ | Mexican 402 New York Ave. Huntington These sophisticated Mexican siblings get the mood going with guacamole, prepared tableside. The seviche du ...

  • David's homemade five-milk flan is served with whipped

    Gallo Restaurant $$ | Colombian, Caterers 3 E. Main St. Patchogue

  • Critic rating 1.5
    Havana Central at Roosevelt Field Mall. (Jan. 19,

    Havana Central $$ | Cuban, Latin music Roosevelt Field 630 Old Country Rd. Garden City Say hola to Havana Central, a big, brassy blend of faux palms, vintage photos and ...

  • Wings at Hurricane Grill & Wings

    Hurricane Grill & Wings Burgers, American, Pub 649 Motor Pkwy. Hauppauge Jimmy Buffett would be right at home at these laid-back eateries where you can kick ...

  • Wings at Hurricane Grill & Wings

    Hurricane Grill & Wings Sandwiches, American, Seafood, Burgers 3345 Hempstead Tpke. Levittown Jimmy Buffett would be right at home at these laid-back eateries where you can kick ...

  • A surf board table sits at the Hurricane

    Hurricane Grill & Wings Salads, American, Seafood, Burgers 275 Jericho Tpke Syosset Jimmy Buffett would be right at home at these laid-back eateries where you can kick ...

  • Dosas at House of Dosas in Hicksville

    House of Dosas $$ | Indian, Vegetarian 416 South Broadway Hicksville This plain-looking vegetarian spot features the bright flavors of Southern India. The namesake dosas, or ...

  • Spicy shrimp soup known as Tom Yum Goong

    Siam Lotus Thai Restaurant $$$ | Restaurant, Thai, Vegetarian 1664 Union Blvd Bay Shore Escape to Thailand via your palate at this long-standing Long Island favorite. A beautiful layering ...

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