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. $$
SSAMBAP, 2350 Nesconset Hwy.; 631-675-6402.
Korean barbecue highlights Ssambap. Have the short rib, thinly sliced rib-eye. Or marinated pork belly. Or consider the fiery cod stew with tofu and vegetables. Precede them with pan-fried shrimp dumplings, deep-fried sweet-and-sour pork, kimchee-scallion pancakes. $$