Roslyn is one of Long Island's fine-dining hubs. Here are five reasons why.
Trattoria Diane, 21 Bryant Ave.; 516-621-2591
Chef John Durkin's Italianate kitchen emphasizes Rome but goes countrywide. Recommended: all vegetable antipasti, spaghetti alla carbonara, bucatini all'Amatriciana, ricotta gnocchi, braised short ribs, pot roast, roasted duck and all desserts.
Kyma, 1446 Old Northern Blvd.; 516-621-3700
Excellent grilled seafood highlights Kyma, one of Roslyn's three first-class Greek restaurants, along with MP Taverna and Limani. Kyma stands out with grilled octopus, grilled whole fish, traditional spreads such as skordalia and taramosalata, roasted beets, fish broth, moussaka, desserts.
Thyme, 8 Tower Place; 516-625-2566
New American cuisine with a light touch defines well-seasoned Thyme. Sample the lobster-and-corn chowder, warm duck salad with creamy polenta, cider-glazed pork tenderloin, boneless beef short rib and the house's hamburgers.
Besito, 1516 Old Northern Blvd.; 516-484-3001
The offspring of Huntington's Besito, this branch is bright, buoyant and just as dependable for Mexican cuisine. Mandatory: tableside guacamole. Follow with the day's seviche, baked Chihuahua cheese with chorizo, the stuffed poblano pepper, seafood tortilla, fish Vera Cruz.
Hendrick's Tavern, 1305 Old Northern Blvd.; 516-621-1200
Gold Coasters revel in what used to be George Washington Manor. Transformed, it's a snappy spot for mostly American cuisine. Fourteen-carat fare includes deviled eggs, shellfish cocktails, dry-aged steaks, Kobe beef hot dog, the house burger, Chatham cod and linguine "Zsa Zsa."