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Patrons mingle at the bar at City Cellar

Patrons mingle at the bar at City Cellar in Westbury. (November 12, 2009) Credit: /Timothy Fadek

If you're looking for a restaurant where you can linger over good food and drink on a date, here are some local choices:

CAFE BUENOS AIRES: 23 Wall St., Huntington, 631-603-3600, cafebuenosaires.net

Cost: $$-$$$

Here's a tango of a restaurant, lively, full-flavored and fun, with excellent Argentine cuisine. Sample tapas, pastas, empanadas, steaks, more.

CITY CELLAR: 1080 Corporate Dr., Westbury, 516-693-5400, bigtimerestaurants.com

Cost: $$-$$$

Big and buoyant, City Cellar pretty much has something for everyone, from pizzas and pastas to salads, steak frites, pan-seared shellfish.

THE FIFTH SEASON: 34 E. Broadway, Port Jefferson, 631-477-8500, thefifth-season.com

Cost: $$-$$$

This charmer at the harbor is bright as springtime. The fine fare includes cavatelli with chanterelles and sweet peas; and pan-roasted arctic char.

GEORGE MARTIN: 65 N. Park Ave., Rockville Centre, 516-678-7272, georgemartingroup.com

Cost: $-$$$

The original in the mini-empire, George Martin is dependable for American favorites. Try roast chicken, steak, burgers, meat loaf, crab cakes, salads.

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