Eggplant is a vegetable that turns up in all manner of preparations. Popular around the world, it works well on its own and integrated into other dishes.
Each of these restaurants uses eggplant in a different fashion.
3 BROTHERS VEGAN CAFE, 1038 Montauk Hwy., Copiague, 631-464-4328, 3brothersvegancafe.com
Vegans will find a winning version of eggplant Parmigiana that’s light, lush and topped with house-made cashew milk mozzarella. $19
TONY CUBAN CUCINA & COCKTAILS, 507 Guy Lombardo Ave., Freeport, 516-442-0565, tonycubanrestaurant.com
At this waterside Italian-Cuban spot, eggplant “frittes” are cut to resemble French fries, rolled in breadcrumbs and deep-fried. They’re both crisp and appealing. $8.95
MAZI, 33 E. Main St., Riverhead, 631-740-9933
At this Greek newcomer, a standout is the homey, hearty moussaka made with eggplant, zucchini, potato, chopped sirloin and a lush béchamel sauce. $16.50