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Bahia Social Club is a new tapas-style Brazilian (Credit: Bruce Gilbert)

Bahia Social Club is a new tapas-style Brazilian restaurant in Long Beach. This is croquettas de jamon, creamy ham croquettes with smoked paprika. (August 6, 2011)

Tapas on Long Island

Here are some favorite tables in Nassau and Suffolk where you'll revel in tapas and small plates, one bite at a tim

Bahia Social Club is a new tapas-style Brazilian
(Credit: Bruce Gilbert)

Bahia Social Club is a new tapas-style Brazilian restaurant in Long Beach. This is croquettas de jamon, creamy ham croquettes with smoked paprika. (August 6, 2011)

Bahia Social Club is a new tapas-style Brazilian
(Credit: Bruce Gilbert)

Bahia Social Club is a new tapas-style Brazilian restaurant in Long Beach. (August 6, 2011)

Bahia Social Club is a new tapas-style Brazilian
(Credit: Bruce Gilbert)

Bahia Social Club is a new tapas-style Brazilian restaurant in Long Beach. This is the watermelon jalapeno vodka mojito. (August 6, 2011)

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Bahia Social Club is a new tapas-style Brazilian
(Credit: Bruce Gilbert)

Bahia Social Club is a new tapas-style Brazilian restaurant in Long Beach. This is patatas bravas, crispy potatoes served with spicy aioli. (August 6, 2011)

Salmon tartare, one of the small plates, or
(Credit: Yana Paskova)

Salmon tartare, one of the small plates, or tapas, is served at the Vinoco restaurant in Mineola. (June 23, 2011)

Employees work by the kitchen of Vinoco restaurant
(Credit: Yana Paskova)

Employees work by the kitchen of Vinoco restaurant in Mineola. Among the restaurant's offerings is a selection of tapas, or small plates. (June 23, 2011)

Shrimp timbales, one of the small plates, or
(Credit: Yana Paskova)

Shrimp timbales, one of the small plates, or tapas, are served at Vinoco restaurant in Mineola. (June 23, 2011)

Cruz Monroy is the chef at Vinoco restaurant
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Cruz Monroy is the chef at Vinoco restaurant in Mineola. Among the offerings is a selection of tapas, or small plates. (June 23, 2011)

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The meat cheese platter with assorted cheeses, meats,
(Credit: Heather Walsh)

The meat cheese platter with assorted cheeses, meats, olives and peppers at Espana in St. James. Among its offerings, the restaurant has a wide selection of tapas, or small plates for sharing. (Jun. 4, 2011)

Pulpo a la Gallega, octopus Galician style, octopus
(Credit: Heather Walsh)

Pulpo a la Gallega, octopus Galician style, octopus in sweet and spicy paprika with virgin olive oil and sea salt at Espana in St. James. Among its offerings, the restaurant has a wide selection of tapas, or small plates for sharing. (Jun. 4, 2011)

Diners at Espana in St. James have the
(Credit: Heather Walsh)

Diners at Espana in St. James have the option of eating at the bar or in one of two dinings room. Among its offerings, the restaurant has a wide selection of tapas, or small plates for sharing. (Jun. 4, 2011)

Lola's Kitchen & Wine Bar in Long Beach
(Credit: Bruce Gilbert)

Lola's Kitchen & Wine Bar in Long Beach serves tapas, among which is a small plate of fried mac and cheese bites. Photo (January 5, 2010)

A waitress pours a glass of wine at
(Credit: Jesse Newman)

A waitress pours a glass of wine at Swallow, a new eatery in Huntington. Among its offerings, the restaurant has a wide selection of tapas, or small plates for sharing. (Nov. 20, 2010)

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Customers drink at the bar of Swallow, a
(Credit: Jesse Newman)

Customers drink at the bar of Swallow, a new eatery in Huntington. Among its offerings, the restaurant has a wide selection of tapas, or small plates for sharing. (Nov. 20, 2010)

Customers drink at the bar of Swallow, a
(Credit: Jesse Newman)

Customers drink at the bar of Swallow, a new eatery in Huntington. Among its offerings, the restaurant has a wide selection of tapas, or small plates for sharing. (Nov. 20, 2010)

Serrano ham croquettes are served at Copa Tapas
(Credit: Gordon M. Grant)

Serrano ham croquettes are served at Copa Tapas and Wine Bar in Bridgehampton. Among the restaurant's offerings is a tapas, or small plates menu. (September 3, 2009)

Doris and Edward Stihi dine at Copa Wine
(Credit: Gordon M. Grant)

Doris and Edward Stihi dine at Copa Wine and Tapas, sharing tapas and other small plates on a Friday evening in Bridgehampton. (February 5, 2010)

Cured meats and a selection of cheeses are
(Credit: Gordon M. Grant)

Cured meats and a selection of cheeses are served at Copa Tapas and Wine Bar in Bridgehampton. Among the restaurant's offerings is a tapas, or small plates, menu. (September 3, 2009)

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Michael Moreno and Jodi Bombace sit at the
(Credit: Gordon M. Grant)

Michael Moreno and Jodi Bombace sit at the bar during happy hour at Copa Wine and Tapas, sharing tapas and other small plates on a Friday evening in Bridgehampton. (February 5, 2010)

Patrons at Copa Wine and Tapas share tapas
(Credit: Gordon M. Grant)

Patrons at Copa Wine and Tapas share tapas and other small plates on a Friday evening in Bridgehampton. (February 5, 2010)

Situated in Stony Brook Village Center, Pentimento serves
(Credit: John Griffin)

Situated in Stony Brook Village Center, Pentimento serves contemporary and traditional Italian entrees and small plates, or tapas. (Jan. 29, 2011)

Situated in Stony Brook Village Center, Pentimento serves
(Credit: John Griffin)

Situated in Stony Brook Village Center, Pentimento serves contemporary and traditional Italian entrees and small plates, or tapas, such as the piquillo pepper appetizer. (Jan. 29, 2011)

Cedar Creek American Bar and Grill in Glen
(Credit: Bruce Gilbert)

Cedar Creek American Bar and Grill in Glen Cove has a streamlined, clubby dining room and a relaxed approach. Among its offerings is a selection of tapas, or small plates. (August 6, 2011)

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Roasted beet salad at Cedar Creek American Bar
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Roasted beet salad at Cedar Creek American Bar and Grill in Glen Cove. Among its offerings, the restaurant has a wide selection of tapas, or small plates for sharing. (March 19, 2011)

Cedar Creek American Bar and Grill in Glen
(Credit: Bruce Gilbert)

Cedar Creek American Bar and Grill in Glen Cove has a streamlined, clubby dining room and a relaxed approach. Among its offerings is a selection of tapas, or small plates. (August 6, 2011)

Cedar Creek American Bar and Grill in Glen
(Credit: Bruce Gilbert)

Cedar Creek American Bar and Grill in Glen Cove has a streamlined, clubby dining room and serves tapas among its offerings. (August 6, 2011)

Cedar Creek American Bar and Grill, in Glen
(Credit: Bruce Gilbert)

Cedar Creek American Bar and Grill, in Glen Cove, serves tapas, here a small plate of Chicago-style hot dog sliders, topped with sport peppers, pickles, onions, tomatoes and spicy mustard. (August 6, 2011)

Cedar Creek American Bar and Grill, in Glen
(Credit: Bruce Gilbert)

Cedar Creek American Bar and Grill, in Glen Cove, serves tapas, here a small plate of fried island creek oysters topped with coleslaw and tartar sauce. (August 6, 2011)

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Cedar Creek American Bar and Grill, in Glen
(Credit: Bruce Gilbert)

Cedar Creek American Bar and Grill, in Glen Cove, serves tapas, here a small plate of "Blue Moon" onion rings served with a lemon garlic mayo. (August 6, 2011)

Cedar Creek American Bar and Grill, in Glen
(Credit: Bruce Gilbert)

Cedar Creek American Bar and Grill, in Glen Cove, serves tapas, or small plates, such as these fried Island Creek oysters topped with coleslaw and tartar sauce. (August 6, 2011)

Patrons dine at Barrique Kitchen and Wine Bar
(Credit: Michael E. Ach)

Patrons dine at Barrique Kitchen and Wine Bar in Babylon. The restaurant has a special tapas, or small plates menu. (Oct. 30, 2009)

Oysters stuffed with spinach bechamel, marscapone, bacon and
(Credit: Doug Young)

Oysters stuffed with spinach bechamel, marscapone, bacon and breadcrumbs is offered on the tapas menu at Cafe Buenos Aires in Huntington. (Aug 8, 2011)

Manchengo cheese is served with serrano ham and
(Credit: Doug Young)

Manchengo cheese is served with serrano ham and offered on the tapas menu at Cafe Buenos Aires in Huntington. (Aug 8, 2011)

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A wide selection of tapas, such as these
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A wide selection of tapas, such as these smoked anchovies, is offered at Salumi Tapas and Wine Bar in Massapequa.

A wide selection of tapas, such as these
(Credit: Rebecca Cooney)

A wide selection of tapas, such as these ground-lamb meatballs, is offered at Salumi Tapas and Wine Bar in Massapequa. (Aug. 9, 2011)

A wide selection of tapas, such as Marcona
(Credit: Rebecca Cooney)

A wide selection of tapas, such as Marcona almonds, fried almonds from Spain topped with sea salt, is offered at Salumi Tapas and Wine Bar in Massapequa. (Aug. 9, 2011)

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