Long Island Restaurant Week: 10 recommendations

Hung Nguyn cooks a hibachi meal at Shiro

Hung Nguyn cooks a hibachi meal at Shiro of Japan in Carle Place while Pedro Fragoso, of Syosset, looks on. (Aug. 24, 2011) (Credit: Chris Ware)

This year's budget may not allow for a trip to France. Or India. But at least you can get a taste of a foreign cuisine during Long Island Restaurant Week. Running from Sunday to Nov. 10, it's a chance to sample local menus, three courses at a time, for $27.95 a person.

Your tour begins at the following restaurants, an international cross-section of the more than 175 participants. The deal goes all night except Saturday, when most run only until 7p.m. Reservations recommended. For a full listing, go to longislandrestaurantweek.com.

INDIA

AKBAR, 2 South St., Garden City, 516-357-8300

At this handsome, high-ceilinged Indian spot, your meal might begin with seekh kebab (minced lamb and chicken, rolled, skewered and grilled), followed by a main course of chicken tikka masala and, to conclude, mango ice cream.

CURRY CLUB, 10 Woods Corner Rd., East Setauket, 631-751-4845

A Suffolk standby for Indian fare, Curry Club offers, among appetizer selections, a vegetable samosa, a main course possibility of shrimp tikka masala (served with naan or garlic naan) and, to conclude, gulab jamun (fried milk balls in honey syrup).

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ITALY

LUCE RISTORANTE, 1053 Oyster Bay Rd. (Route 106), East Norwich, 516-624-8330

In airy, well-appointed environs, dinner might begin with grilled sausage with broccoli rabe and cherry peppers. Next might be fresh gnocchi with a veal and chicken ragu and, finally, panna cotta with wild berry sauce.

ORTO, 90 North Country Rd., Miller Place, 631-473-0014

Eric Lo Mando's modern Italian cuisine means a seasonally driven list of appetizers, pastas and entrees. Choose any two of these savory courses -- with options such as semolina-fried chicken, spaghetti carbonara, pork loin with faro -- and finish with whatever dessert the chef dreams up.

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LATIN AMERICA

BESITO MEXICAN, 1516 Old Northern Blvd., Roslyn, 516-484-3001; 402 New York Ave., Huntington, 631-549-0100

Dinner at these buoyant contemporary Mexican spots could kick off with sopa de tortilla (tortilla soup), followed by a main course of salmon en manchamanteles (roasted salmon with crispy bananas, pineapple pico de gallo and mole) and, for dessert, tres leches cake.

PERFECTO MUNDO, 1141-1 Jericho Tpke., Commack, 631-864-2777

The flavors of Latin America and the Caribbean define a meal that might start with beer-steamed Prince Edward Island mussels, followed by panko-crusted King salmon with mango-papaya salsa and, for dessert, a baked apple-sweet plantain cobbler.

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FRANCE

APERITIF, 242 Sunrise Hwy., Rockville Centre, 516-594-3404

Options at this atmospheric French bistro include a duck confit tart as an appetizer, a main course of moules et frites (Prince Edward Island mussels with French fries) and, for dessert, crepes Suzette.

LE SOIR, 825 Montauk Hwy., Bayport, 631-472-9090

Revamped and renovated after a fire, this classic French restaurant offers a meal that might start with ham and cheese crepes, followed by stuffed pork tenderloin and, for dessert, chocolate mousse.

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ASIA

SHIRO OF JAPAN, 401 Old Country Rd., Carle Place, 516-997-4770

This sprawling Westbury house of hibachi and sushi offers two ways to go: A hibachi dinner of soup and salad, edamame or a California roll plus a choice of hibachi-style chicken, steak or shrimp. Or opt for a sushi dinner that starts with soup, salad, edamame or shumai dumplings, followed by a choice of two sushi rolls (such as black dragon or spicy tuna). For both options, green tea or vanilla ice cream concludes the meal.

MONSOON ASIAN KITCHEN & LOUNGE, 48 Deer Park Ave., Babylon, 631-587-4400

High style and a mix of Chinese, Thai and Vietnamese influences inform the food at this bi-level spot, where dinner might start with duck buns, followed by garlic prawns and, for dessert, fried Oreos with chocolate sauce.

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LONG ISLAND RESTAUARANT WEEK

WHEN Sunday through Nov. 10 at 175 or more restaurants in Nassau and Suffolk. Reservations suggested.

HOW MUCH $27.95 for three courses

INFO longislandrestaurantweek.com; or upload the Long Island Restaurant Week app from iTunes or Android Market.

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