Newsday's latest fine dining reviews.
View, Oakdale: This seafood spot is one of Long Island's best waterfront restaurants, with food that matches its location overlooking Great South Bay.
Texas de Brazil Churrascaria Steakhouse
Texas de Brazil Churrascaria Steakhouse, Lake Grove: Arrive hungry to this wildly hued, all-you-can-eat restaurant, where carvers wander the dining room with spears of roasted steak, lamb, pork and chicken and the salad bar is stocked with dozens of dishes. Leave plenty of time to get stuffed, though: Dinner can easily run to two hours or more.
Pier 95, Freeport: This veteran restaurant is one of Long Island's best for seafood, including some dishes with Iberian, Portuguese flair.
FatFish on the Water
FatFish on the Water, Bay Shore: Fifteen years ago, chef Brian Valdini popped home to Long Island for a vacation, fully intending to return to his career in Europe. Instead, he took over a waterfront bistro in Bay Shore, named it FatFish, and began turning out Mediterranean-style seafood and summery cocktails. A decade and a half after opening, the eatery has kept its polish.
1221 at MFP
1221 at MFP, Roslyn: This eatery is situated across from the reborn My Father's Place in The Roslyn Hotel. It's a show.
Maui Chop House
Maui Chop House, Rocky Point: This Hawaii-themed restaurant, now in the space once occupied by BBD's, puts out hit- and- miss dishes along with a bangup Mai Tai.
Maldon & Mignonette
Maldon & Mignonette, Sea Cliff: Here, 29-year-old chef-owner Robert Occhipinti combines youthful exuberance with a refined, seasonal sensibility.
North Fork Table & Inn
North Fork Table & Inn, Southold: A new chef heads up this iconic North Fork elegant dining destination.
Ra-Cha Thai Cuisine
Ra-Cha Thai Cuisine, Huntington: This Thai eatery brings spicy heat to downtown Huntington.
Tiga, Port Washington: This sushi spot takes raw fish to a new, artistic level.
The Snapper Inn
The Snapper Inn, Oakdale: This seafood spot celebrates its 90th year. It's a landmark that seems younger.
Top Hat Oyster Bar & French Quarter Kitchen
Top Hat Oyster Bar & French Quarter Kitchen, Bellmore: Oysters, gumbo, jambalaya and Hurricanes converge at this jubilant new Cajun-Creole spot from chef Stephen Rosenbluth in the middle of downtown Bellmore.
Konoba, Huntington: This eatery brings a taste of Croatia to downtown Huntington, on the plate and in the glass. It's a lively trip.
Pearl, Island Park: With its contemporary seafood menu and stylish decor, Pearl appears to be the restaurant that Island Park has been waiting for.
River Road, Oyster Bay: Star chef Michael Meehan returns to the address where his career was launched, with American-style bistro River Road in Oyster Bay. Different year, different restaurant.
Husk & Vine Kitchen & Cocktails
Husk & Vine Kitchen & Cocktails, St. James: Chef-owner Nicholas Trovato changes the market-driven menu weekly at this spot, drawing on flavors from across the globe for small plates meant to be ordered in bulk. The drinks list is lengthy and just as eclectic, fueling a lively bar scene.
Prime 1024, Roslyn: This long-awaited steakhouse and Italian restaurant was worth the wait.
The Bryant, Huntington Station: The Poll brothers' first Suffolk restaurant is a big, carefully designed, party of a restaurant that gives you a taste of their six other hits.
Small Batch, Garden City: "Top Chef" judge Tom Colicchio's urban farmhouse at Roosevelt Field mall serves comfort food with an emphasis on Long Island foods and wines.
Blue Goose Craft Kitchen and Cocktails
Blue Goose Craft Kitchen and Cocktails, Patchogue: The 110-year-old building that houses this eatery 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 restaurant offers stellar food and style. It's New American with European accents, and excellent from start to finish.
Dodici, Rockville Centre: With a picture-postcard decor, assured service and excellent food, this Italian restaurant still shines after 25 years.
LongHorn Steakhouse, Farmingdale: This moderately-priced steakhouse has opened its first Long Island location.
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 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 succeeds Mediterranean Snack Bar, which was sold after 43 years, and is an almost dish-by-dish homage to the original.
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, 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 specializes in steaks, chops and familiar Italian-American dishes at the former site of Viaggio Tapas.
Vilai, Glen Cove: This new Greek seafood restaurant scores with expertly grilled whole fish.
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 owners of Puglia's, a landmark in Manhattan's Little Italy, brings together two of Long Island's most popular cuisines.
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, 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 year, this Italian restaurant is a celebrity magnet, but the real star is chef Joseph Realmuto.
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 showcase from star chef Tom Schaudel is the year's big catch.
Harleys American Grille
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 in the Garden City Hotel is designed by celebrity chef David Burke.
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 veteran restaurant has added an oyster bar, refurbished its dining room, and improved its kitchen.
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, Southampton: This summery restaurant evokes Southampton gone by and present day.
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, Woodbury: Less costly and less formal, this Greek eatery is the welcome offspring of Limani in Roslyn.