It’s the last weekend of winter. Daylight saving time is here. And those very confused daffodils can make their entrance without (you hope) a burst of snow. Here are three refreshing restaurants to welcome spring.
Sandbar in Cold Spring Harbor is a bright, reliably excellent spot for stylish American fare. Recommended: smoked trout with horseradish aioli; duck tacos with daikon, jalapeno, and hoisin sauce; tuna crudo with blood orange, olive oil, and pink peppercorns; housemade ricotta; chickpea fries; seared bay scallops; pancetta-wrapped monkfish. Moderate to expensive.
Sandbar, 55 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor, 631-498-6188, lessings.com
George Martin The Original in Rockville Centre bridges winter and spring with ease and dependable, mostly American dishes. Recommended: avocado toast Caprese; herb-roasted chicken; grilled swordfish; pork jaegerschnitzel; filet mignon sliders with crumbled blue cheese; filet mignon with horseradish sauce; ribeye steak. Moderate to expensive.
George Martin The Original, 65 N. Park Ave., Rockville Centre, 516-678-7272, georgemartintheoriginal.com
Locale in Patchogue is one of the newer eateries defining the lively downtown. The food is homey and worth a taste. Recommended: arancini, or rice balls packed with ragu; chicken Milanese; mozzarella in carrozza; linguine with white clam sauce; four-cheese pizzette; profiteroles. Moderate.
Locale, 15 W. Main St., Patchogue, 631-714-5220, localeonmain.com