Three top destinations for tourists in March include Argentina, Peru, and Mexico. Here are some local restaurants where you’ll find a savory taste of each one,
La Candela Bistro in Hicksville is one of Long Island’s definite destinations for the varied cuisine of Peru. Winning dishes include the tiradito tricolor of marinated fish with three peppers, deep-fried seafood, seafood soup, papa rellena (potato filled with beef), grilled skirt steak, and the stand-out ceviche of shellfish.
La Candela Bistro, 600 S. Oyster Bay Rd., Hicksville, 516-342-9165; lacandelabistro.com
Cafe Buenos Aires in Huntington sends you to Argentina and makes a few side trips, too. The spirited restaurant excels with a mixed grill for two starring steak, sausage, chicken, lamb T-bone and chicken; roasted pork loin; chicken or beef Milanese and, at lunch, a Cuban sandwich. Excellent tapas: ceviche, empanadas, tuna-stuffed peppers, Serrano ham, more.
Cafe Buenos Aires, 23 Wall St., Huntington, 631-603-3600; cafebuenosaires.net
Besito has branches in Huntington and Roslyn, offering a refined, satisfying take on Mexican cooking. Recommended: guacamole made tableside; queso fundido, or baked Chihuahua cheese; fish tacos with salsa; all enchiladas; tortilla soup with chicken; and the budin de mariscos, tortilla with crab and shrimp.
Besito, 1516 Old Northern Blvd., Roslyn, 516-484-3001; 400 New York Ave., Huntington, 631-549-0100; besitomexican.com