National, haute-steak houses are comparatively few on Long Island, where locals dominate. Here are three.
MORTON'S THE STEAKHOUSE, Great Neck
The Morton's group is consistent. And the Great Neck Morton's is a very popular Northern Boulevard entry. Recommendations include the porterhouse for two, lobster, crabmeat cocktail, crabcakes, pork chops, Key lime pie.
RUTH'S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE, Garden City
This branch of Ruth's Chris is situated a side dish away from The Capital Grille. It's a businesslike operation with the obligatory sizzle. Recommended: strip steak, filet mignon, crabcake, shellfish cocktails, caramelized banana cream pie.
THE PALM AT THE HUNTTING INN, East Hampton
A very bucolic branch of the chain that started in Manhattan, this Palm is one of the Hamptons' prime tables in summer, and dependable year-round. Among the winning choices are the double-sirloin, 3-pound-and-up lobsters, shellfish cocktails, swordfish steak.