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The best things to eat on Long Island

By Newsday food staff

You don’t have to go searching around for something good to eat this week. Newsday critics have done it for you, ordering their way through menus expensive and cheap. Here are their picks for the best things to eat on Long Island, drawn from their most recent reviews. Order with confidence....

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You don’t have to go searching around for something good to eat this week. Newsday critics have done it for you, ordering their way through menus expensive and cheap. Here are their picks for the best things to eat on Long Island, drawn from their most recent reviews. Order with confidence.

Pappardelle Bolognese at Prime 1024

Savory pappardelle Bolognese, with a ragu made from baby back ribs, is served at Prime 1024 in Roslyn.

Tomahawk rib steak for two at Prime 1024

The 40-ounce tomahawk rib steak for two is a juicy showstopper at Prime 1024 in Roslyn.

Grilled swordfish at Prime 1024

The excellent grilled swordfish is sauced with tomato and a hint of capers and olives at Prime 1024 in Roslyn.

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Onion soup at Prime 1024

The stirring, fortifying, handsomely presented onion soup gratiné is a bracing, wintertime staple, served under a mantle of melted cheese at Prime 1024 in Roslyn.

Hot pots at Xiao Si Chuan

A hot pot with rolled beef and lamb, lettuce, greens, mushrooms, shrimp and tofu is served at Xiao Si Chuan in Setauket.

'Yibin burning' noodles at Xiao Si Chuan

The "Yibin burning" noodles, topped with fermented beans, peanuts and crispy garlic, are powerfully flavorful at Xiao Si Chuan in Setauket.

Stir-fried eggplant at Xiao Si Chuan

Stir-fried eggplant is served in a garlicky, cardamom-laced brown sauce at Xiao Si Chuan in Setauket.

Cumin lamb at Xiao Si Chuan

The especially fantastic cumin lamb pulses with heat, as well as cumin, cardamom and other spices at Xiao Si Chuan in Setauket.

'The Bryant burger' at The Bryant

"The Bryant burger," set on a brioche bun, delivers a savory blend, enriched with Maytag blue cheese, onion-bacon jam and arugula at The Bryant in Huntington Station.

Prime sirloin at The Bryant

The 14-oz. prime sirloin is fibrous, juicy and excellent at The Bryant in Huntington Station.

Chicken Parmigiana at The Bryant

The Bryant in Huntington Station serves a satisfying rendition of chicken Parmigiana.

Onion soup gratinee at The Bryant

Onion soup gratinee will brace you for the rest of winter at The Bryant in Huntington Station.

Spanish octopus at Small Batch

Grilled Spanish octopus is perfectly tender and smoky, served over chorizo and charred peppers at Small Batch in Garden City.

TC's Wagyu Burger at Small Batch

TC's Wagyu Burger is topped with balsamic onions, tomato jam, truffle pecorino and bread and butter pickles, and served with crispy new potatoes at Small Batch in Garden City.

Pork terrine at Small Batch

A luscious pork terrine throbs with warming spices at Small Batch in Garden City.

Roasted half chicken at Small Batch

A roasted half chicken is cooked over a wood-fired grill with rosemary and thyme at Small Batch in Garden City.

Dry-braised calamari at F.A.N. Authentic Chinese Cuisine

Dry-braised calamari at F.A.N. Authentic Chinese Cuisine in Deer Park consists of deep-fried chunks of squid tossed with slices of lotus root, potato, red onion, lots of red chili peppers and spicy-numbing Sichuan peppercorns.

In-house special soup at F.A.N. Authentic Chinese Cuisine

The extraordinary in-house special soup at F.A.N. Authentic Chinese Cuisine in Deer Park features a rich chicken-pork broth, milky with an emulsion of salted duck eggs and sesame and olive oils. It's lavishly topped with snow-pea leaves and loaded with flavor-bombing wedges of both salted and smoked duck eggs and little red goji berries.

Green scallion sauce egg fried rice at F.A.N. Authentic Chinese Cuisine

Green scallion sauce egg fried rice is an instant comfort classic at F.A.N. Authentic Chinese Cuisine in Deer Park.

Surf clams at F.A.N. Authentic Chinese Cuisine

Surf clams with Chinese green mustard and cucumber packs a wallop of sinus-clearing wasabi at F.A.N. Authentic Chinese Cuisine in Deer Park.

Signature burger at Blue Goose Craft Kitchen and Cocktails

The Goose Signature burger is topped with stilton cheese, sweet onion jam and crisp foie gras, and served on a toasted brioche bun with fries and a pickle at Blue Goose Craft Kitchen and Cocktails in Patchogue.

Pork chop at Blue Goose Craft Kitchen and Cocktails

A hickory smoked pork chop is dressed with a bourbon-infused cherry glaze and served over butternut squash, apple mash and crispy fried Brussels sprouts at Blue Goose Craft Kitchen and Cocktails in Patchogue.

Monkfish filet at Blue Goose Craft Kitchen and Cocktails

The best of the main courses at Blue Goose Craft Kitchen and Cocktails in Patchogue is the monkfish filet served over perfectly cooked couscous threaded with red peppers and baby carrots.

Oysters Rockefeller at Blue Goose Craft Kitchen and Cocktails

Oysters Rockefeller, melty bomblets of oyster meat, bacon, spinach and Parmesan, is served at Blue Goose Craft Kitchen and Cocktails in Patchogue.

'Popcorn' chicken at Streats Food + Drink

Nibble on crisp, honey-glazed "popcorn" chicken, accompanied by respectable coleslaw, at Streats Food + Drink in Cedarhurst.

Cubano sandwich at Streats Food + Drink

Streats Food + Drink in Cedarhurst creatively fashions a kosher version of the Cubano, in a tasty tour de force that's dubbed the restaurant's "signature sandwich." It's made with chicken, pickles, mustard and vegan "cheese," on toasted bread, and surprises with each bite.

Shakshuka at Streats Food + Drink

Shakshuka, a colorful tomato-fueled stew with eggs, gets a boost from harissa and cilantro, plus more shishitos at Streats Food + Drink in Cedarhurst.

Market Plate at Streats Food + Drink

The Market Plate at Streats Food + Drink in Cedarhurst features well-seasoned rotisserie chicken served over rice with a salad and Yukon Gold mashed potatoes.

Wine-braised beets at NoCo Kitchen Wine and Cocktails

Wine-braised beets are set on whipped ricotta, with mache, grapefruit and pine nuts at NoCo Kitchen Wine and Cocktails in St. James.

Duck breast and leg confit at NoCo Kitchen Wine and Cocktails

Seared duck breast and leg confit are deftly enriched by chanterelle risotto and a red wine-blackberry reduction at NoCo Kitchen Wine and Cocktails in St. James.

Creekstone Farm strip steak at NoCo Kitchen Wine and Cocktails

The juicy, Creekstone Farm strip steak arrives on potatoes, accented with roasted heirloom carrots and arugula at NoCo Kitchen Wine and Cocktails in St. James.

Semolina gnocchi at NoCo Kitchen Wine and Cocktails

Airy, lush semolina gnocchi are enriched with chanterelles, English peas, pickled shallots and a hint of truffle at NoCo Kitchen Wine and Cocktails in St. James.

Skirt-steak tacos at Avo Taco

Diametrically opposed but equally tasty at Avo Taco in New Hyde Park are the succulent skirt-steak tacos: One slathered in chimichurri, and another dosed with melted blue cheese and crispy onions.

The Rastaman and the Ami Shroomer at Avo Taco

The Ami Shroomer, with crispy onions and deeply concentrated mushrooms, and the Rastaman (front) with lightly breaded and fried avocado slices, corn salsa, a touch of sweetish slaw and crema, exemplify how veggie-based tacos can rival and sometimes eclipse their meatier cousins at Avo Taco in New Hyde Park.

Tuna Montezuma bowl at Avo Taco

A tuna Montezuma bowl brings together ahi tuna and mango salsa over quinoa and greens at Avo Taco in New Hyde Park.

Guacamole with corn salsa at Avo Taco

Guacamole with corn salsa is one of at least eight variations served at Avo Taco in New Hyde Park.

Orecchiette Pugliesi at Dodici

Orecchiette Pugliesi, featuring ear-shaped pasta, sausage and broccoli rabe, is the clear winner among pasta dishes at Dodici in Rockville Centre.

Arancino at Dodici

Arancino at Dodici in Rockville Centre features lightly bound rice, and a molten center of ground veal, ricotta and sweet peas.

Fagioli bianchi at Dodici

Fagioli bianchi, a white-bean soup, is enriched with escarole and croutons at Dodici in Rockville Centre.

Maiale Milanese at Dodici

The standout Maiale Milanese at Dodici in Rockville Centre features a bone-in pork cutlet topped with mozzarella and broccoli rabe.