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Stony Brook dining: 5 suggestions

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Hard to come by on Long Island, soup dumplings (also called soup buns, or, in their native Shanghai, xiao long bao) are a signature item at Red Tiger Dumpling House in Stony Brook. Photo Credit: Heather Walsh

Dining out in Stony Brook presents you with variety and very good food. Here are five winners, distinctive and easily recommended.

LATITUDE 121 COASTAL GRILL, 121 Main St., 631-675-9263

The newest addition to downtown dining is this refreshing, New American restaurant. It's open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Recommended: mini pork wings; sliders; lobster bisque; grilled swordfish; lobster thermidor potpie; grilled strip steak; root beer float. $$-$$$

MIRABELLE, 150 Main St. (Three Village Inn), 631-751-0555

In its 30th year, Mirabelle celebrates farm-to-table cooking, with the same menu in the restaurant and in Mirabelle Tavern. Seasonal hits include chilled asparagus, parsnip and pea soup; and roasted pork loin with baby artichokes and red onion marmalade. All-year: the two-course duck Mirabelle. $$$

PENTIMENTO, 93 Main St., 631-689-7755

This Italian restaurant improves year after year, with dishes such as Berkshire pork chop Milanese, vegetable stew with pesto, spinach-and-ricotta ravioli, peppers in sweet-sour sauce, fried shishito peppers, fried chickpea fritters and meatballs in tomato-basil sauce. $$$

RED TIGER DUMPLING HOUSE, 320 Stony Brook Rd., 631-675-7755

The ardent pursuit of Shanghai-style soup dumplings leads to this little spot just off Nesconset Highway. Red Tiger prepares steamed pork soup buns and steamed crabmeat-and-pork soup buns. You'll also like the double-cooked pork, Sichuan beef and General Tso's chicken. $$

SSAMBAP, 2350 Nesconset Hwy.; 631-675-6402.

Korean barbecue highlights Ssambap. Have the short rib, thinly sliced rib-eye. Or marinated pork belly. Or consider the fiery cod stew with tofu and vegetables. Precede them with pan-fried shrimp dumplings, deep-fried sweet-and-sour pork, kimchee-scallion pancakes. $$


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