From fine dining critic Peter M. Gianotti
This is prime time at Prime. The “American kitchen & bar” perched at Huntington harbor is an ideal spot for dining alfresco. And the restaurant is at its best under chef Michael Wilson, who came over from Monsoon Steak & Sushi in Babylon. Both are in the Bohlsen Restaurant Group. Try the excellent crab cocktail, lush gnocchi with Parmesan-white truffle sauce, the juicy porterhouse steak for two, and the delectable “enhancement” of butter-poached lobster. On the side: skillet potatoes or whipped potatoes, macaroni and cheese, and creamed spinach. Very good desserts, too. Expect a rather large tab.
Prime, 117 New York Ave., Huntington; 631-385-1515, restaurantprime.com
From cheap eats critic Melissa McCart
You have to go out of your way to find Taqueria Mexico, tucked into a strip mall in Riverhead. While the digs may be unassuming, the food can be remarkable, even for a simple order like a lengua (tongue) or carnitas (pork) taco dressed with quesa fresca, lime and plenty of cilantro. Don’t skip the specials, especially if they’re serving the complex mole poblano. Prices range from $2 to $12.
Taqueria Mexico, 709 E Main St, Riverhead, 631-208-2902
From food reporter Erica Marcus
Lido Deli has been keeping Long Beach in (homemade) knishes since 1930, when Wally Goetz’s grandfather, Hugo Weinberg, opened the store. Another of Weinberg’s grandsons runs Grand Kosher in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where the deli’s luscious pastrami, corned beef and tongue are cured. The Gourmet’s Delight sandwich features all three, with coleslaw and Russian dressing. If you dine early, you may be able to catch some of the succulent dark-meat turkey before the day’s fresh roasted bird is gone. Have it on rye bread with a smear of mustard and mourn a lifetime of dry turkey sandwiches.
641 ½ E. Park Ave., Long Beach, 516-431-4411