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Blue Goose Craft Kitchen and Cocktails

Blue Goose Craft Kitchen and Cocktails, Patchogue: The
Photo Credit: DANIEL BRENNAN

Blue Goose Craft Kitchen and Cocktails, Patchogue: The 110-year-old building that houses this new spot has a long history as a hangout: It first opened in 1934 as John's Bar & Grill, and received one of the first liquor licenses issued in Suffolk County; later, it was known as KB's Burger Shack. The newest incarnation keeps the tavern-food focus, but adds fussier dishes such as deviled duck eggs, lettuce wraps and a hickory-smoked pork chop.

NoCo Kitchen Wine and Cocktails

NoCo Kitchen Wine and Cocktails, St. James: This
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

NoCo Kitchen Wine and Cocktails, St. James: This restaurant offers stellar food and style. It's New American with European accents, and excellent from start to finish.

Dodici

Dodici, Rockville Centre: With a picture-postcard decor, assured
Photo Credit: Marisol Diaz-Gordon

Dodici, Rockville Centre: With a picture-postcard decor, assured service and excellent food, this Italian restaurant still shines after 25 years.

LongHorn Steakhouse

LongHorn Steakhouse, Farmingdale: This moderately-priced steakhouse has opened
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

LongHorn Steakhouse, Farmingdale: This moderately-priced steakhouse has opened its first Long Island location.

The Harrison

The Harrison, Floral Park: This new eatery is
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

The Harrison, Floral Park: This new eatery is one of the most alluring tavern-slash restaurants to open in recent memory, even as its kitchen is still finding its footing.

Pietro Cucina Italiana

Pietro Cucina Italiana, St. James: Crispy goat, wild
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Pietro Cucina Italiana, St. James: Crispy goat, wild boar fried in crushed pistachios, whipped cod lurking under a bed of fennel. This inviting Italian restaurant and the newest tenant in the St. James farmhouse that housed both Mirabelle and Kitchen A Bistro, serves up plenty of eclecticism but is so instantly popular you may have to wait for 'em.

Parea Restaurant & Snack Bar

Parea Restaurant & Snack Bar, Huntington: This eatery
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

Parea Restaurant & Snack Bar, Huntington: This eatery succeeds Mediterranean Snack Bar, which was sold after 43 years, and is an almost dish-by-dish homage to the original.

Shoshaku

Shoshaku, Great Neck: Izakaya, sushi and offbeat noodle
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

Shoshaku, Great Neck: Izakaya, sushi and offbeat noodle dishes merge at this intimate Japanese bistro.

Restoration Kitchen & Cocktails

Restoration Kitchen & Cocktails, Lindenhurst: This nonprofit restaurant,
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Restoration Kitchen & Cocktails, Lindenhurst: This nonprofit restaurant, in effect, has a motto: Be the good you want to see in the world. It's a casual, openhanded spot in a vintage building, and cocktails aside, suitable for the whole family.

Viaggio Italian Chop House

Viaggio Italian Chop House, Rockville Centre: This eatery
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

Viaggio Italian Chop House, Rockville Centre: This eatery specializes in steaks, chops and familiar Italian-American dishes at the former site of Viaggio Tapas.

Vilai

Vilai, Glen Cove: This new Greek seafood restaurant
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

Vilai, Glen Cove: This new Greek seafood restaurant scores with expertly grilled whole fish.

Master Chef

Master Chef, Syosset: This eatery is part of
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Master Chef, Syosset: This eatery is part of the rising wave of Chinese restaurants, with authentic flavors. But it's also a refined, retro take on the theme, with a handsome dining room, very good service, and plenty of popular local fare, too.

Puglia’s Italian Steakhouse

Puglia's Italian Steakhouse, Seaford: This eatery from the
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

Puglia's Italian Steakhouse, Seaford: This eatery from the owners of Puglia's, a landmark in Manhattan's Little Italy, brings together two of Long Island's most popular cuisines.

Mosaic

Mosaic, St. James: Over 13 years, the two
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Mosaic, St. James: Over 13 years, the two chef-owners behind this eatery have built a dedicated following for their eclectic, ever-changing five-course tasting menus.

Prato 850

Prato 850, Commack: This Italian-inspired 
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

Prato 850, Commack: This Italian-inspired "wood-fired gastropub" succeeds Ciao Baby in Commack's Mayfair Shopping Center.

Nick & Toni's

Nick & Toni's, East Hampton: In its 30th
Photo Credit: Gordon M. Grant

Nick & Toni's, East Hampton: In its 30th year, this Italian restaurant is a celebrity magnet, but the real star is chef Joseph Realmuto.

Ruggero's

Ruggero's, Wading River: Inside the flagship restaurant of
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

Ruggero's, Wading River: Inside the flagship restaurant of the Shoppes at East Wind, plates of classic Italian fare come in two sizes: Big, and really big (aka family-style).

Kingfish Oyster Bar & Restaurant

Kingfish Oyster Bar & Restaurant, Westbury: This seafood
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

Kingfish Oyster Bar & Restaurant, Westbury: This seafood showcase from star chef Tom Schaudel is the year's big catch.

Harleys American Grille

Harleys American Grille, Farmingdale: Steaks are aged in
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

Harleys American Grille, Farmingdale: Steaks are aged in a salt locker and fired by a female chef at downtown Farmingdale's new steakhouse.

Red Salt Room

Red Salt Room, Garden City: This new restaurant
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

Red Salt Room, Garden City: This new restaurant in the Garden City Hotel is designed by celebrity chef David Burke.

Emanuel's

Emanuel's, Northport: The former chef at one of
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Emanuel's, Northport: The former chef at one of Long Island's most prominent steakhouses has opened this eponymous restaurant -- a cozy, under-the-radar spot with plenty of wagyu beef and lobster dishes.

Prime: An American Kitchen & Bar

Prime: An American Kitchen & Bar, Huntington: This
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Prime: An American Kitchen & Bar, Huntington: This veteran restaurant has added an oyster bar, refurbished its dining room, and improved its kitchen.

Bella Vie

Bella Vie, Bay Shore: This lakeside eatery, which
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Bella Vie, Bay Shore: This lakeside eatery, which made Newsday's Top 100 list, is the successor to Aria Melanie. It benefits from the setting and the skills of chef Fabrizio Perinelli.

Maison Vivienne

Maison Vivienne, Southampton: This summery restaurant evokes Southampton
Photo Credit: Gordon M. Grant

Maison Vivienne, Southampton: This summery restaurant evokes Southampton gone by and present day.

Claudio's

Claudio's, Greenport: After 148 years owned by the
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

Claudio's, Greenport: After 148 years owned by the same family, this landmark waterfront eatery was sold. Under new ownership, the restaurant earns a two-star rating.

Oniro Taverna

Oniro Taverna, Woodbury: Less costly and less formal,
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Oniro Taverna, Woodbury: Less costly and less formal, this Greek eatery is the welcome offspring of Limani in Roslyn.

Piccolo Mondo

Piccolo Mondo, Huntington: Chef Steven Del Lima returns
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Piccolo Mondo, Huntington: Chef Steven Del Lima returns to Long Island and sparks dining out at this veteran Italian restaurant that suddenly feels younger.

Finley's Seafood

Finley's Seafood, Huntington: Chef Michael Meehan's seafood spot
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Finley's Seafood, Huntington: Chef Michael Meehan's seafood spot succeeds Storyville American Kitchen. It's the third restaurant he's been associated with in downtown Huntington.

Cena 081

Cena 081, Westbury: This new eatery, which specializes
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Cena 081, Westbury: This new eatery, which specializes in Italian and Italian-American favorites, succeeds Chi Dining Lounge with equal flair.

Elaia Estiatorio

Elaia Estiatorio, Bridgehampton: This new eatery stars with
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

Elaia Estiatorio, Bridgehampton: This new eatery stars with the Greek classics, from whole grilled fish to pastitsio and leg of lamb, to seafood stew with ouzo.

City Cellar Wine Bar & Grill

City Cellar Wine Bar & Grill, Westbury: This
Photo Credit: Linda Rosier

City Cellar Wine Bar & Grill, Westbury: This big, buoyant, brasserie-style eatery is popular for both business and socializing at high decibels. It seems like it's always someone's birthday.

Mango Tango Asian Fusion

Mango Tango Asian Fusion, Islip: This fusion spot
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

Mango Tango Asian Fusion, Islip: This fusion spot does it better than the rest with Asian selections.

Nantuckets

Nantuckets, Port Jefferson: This seafood spot brings you
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Nantuckets, Port Jefferson: This seafood spot brings you New England via the long route.

Preston House and Hotel

Preston House and Hotel, Riverhead: Chef Matty Boudreau
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Preston House and Hotel, Riverhead: Chef Matty Boudreau draws on a rolodex of fishermen, growers and food producers for a seafood-centric menu.

Taj Indian Fusion

Taj Indian Fusion, Wantagh: This eatery offers lively
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Taj Indian Fusion, Wantagh: This eatery offers lively food and gracious service at a modest site.

Stone Creek Inn

Stone Creek Inn, East Quogue: The Stone Creek
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

Stone Creek Inn, East Quogue: The Stone Creek Inn opened in 1996. It's worth the trip.

ArToro Restaurant & Tequila Bar

ArToro Restaurant & Tequila Bar, Northport: This Caribbean
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

ArToro Restaurant & Tequila Bar, Northport: This Caribbean restaurant livens up Main Street.

Stresa

Stresa, Manhasset: Stresa was sold to the owner
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Stresa, Manhasset: Stresa was sold to the owner of the departed Arturo's in Floral Park, but stays nearly same.

Crop & Kettle

Crop & Kettle, Uniondale: Crop & Kettle at
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Crop & Kettle, Uniondale: Crop & Kettle at the Long Island Marriott focuses on local ingredients.

The Village Raw Bar

The Village Raw Bar, Rockville Centre: This eatery
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

The Village Raw Bar, Rockville Centre: This eatery offers a taste of New England with fine oysters, lobsters and more.

Perennial

Perennial, Garden City: Perennial is a spare eatery
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Perennial, Garden City: Perennial is a spare eatery with top-notch farm to table dishes featuring lots of vegetables.

2 Spring

2 Spring, Oyster Bay: Inside this elegant two-story bistro
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

2 Spring, Oyster Bay: Inside this elegant two-story bistro in Oyster Bay, inventive small plates get luxe touches -- from foams to foie gras to caviar -- and cocktails exude poise.

Wayne French Kitchen

Wayne French Kitchen, Oceanside: This amiable newcomer specializes
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Wayne French Kitchen, Oceanside: This amiable newcomer specializes in introductory French, with some Italian accents.

Indigo

Indigo, Patchogue: Part steakhouse, part bar and part
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Indigo, Patchogue: Part steakhouse, part bar and part night spot, this eatery is making some noise in downtown Patchogue.

Fyhre

Fyhre, Carle Place: This eatery offers patrons an
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Fyhre, Carle Place: This eatery offers patrons an upscale lounge setting for sushi and hibachi Asian fusion.

Blue Oyster Bar & Seafood Restaurant

Blue Oyster Bar & Seafood Restaurant, Islip: This
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Blue Oyster Bar & Seafood Restaurant, Islip: This spot for splashy seafood, raw and cooked, adds a tasty destination to downtown Islip.

Gusto Divino Trattoria

Gusto Divino Trattoria, Seaford: Italian-American and Italian favorites
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

Gusto Divino Trattoria, Seaford: Italian-American and Italian favorites shape the cornerstone of this restaurant.

Lou Joe

Lou Joe, Roslyn Heights: Surprises abound at this
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Lou Joe, Roslyn Heights: Surprises abound at this Chinese-Japanese-Thai-Asian restaurant, where you'll find wonton soup, a California roll, and all the basics.

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