Before you make New Year's resolutions, visit a restaurant you may have missed during a busy year. Here are three well-priced spots that continue to beckon as brightly as when they opened.
Market Bistro in Jericho is the type of place where first-time diners become regulars. It's a relaxed, friendly farm-to-table spot and an offspring of West End Cafe in Carle Place. Recommended: meatballs with polenta and grilled sourdough; the cheeseburger; loin of pork; creamy risotti; a gingerbread sundae.
Ciao Bella! in Hewlett deserves an exclamation point for its full-flavored Italian food and welcoming ways. The storefront establishment is an oasis on Broadway. Recommended: lemon chicken, cavatelli alla Bolognese, spaghetti alla carbonara, stuffed calamari, a pork version of osso buco, ricotta cheesecake.
Nocturne in Babylon combines French and New American fare in a dining room that stays sunny in winter. The result is unfussy and focused. Recommended: onion soup capped with molten Gruyère, curry-seasoned halibut, buttery pan-seared scallops, pan-roasted wild striped bass, crème brûlée.