Newsday's latest fine dining reviews.
Blue Goose Craft Kitchen and Cocktails
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 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.
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, 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, Westbury: This new eatery, which specializes in Italian and Italian-American favorites, succeeds Chi Dining Lounge with equal flair.
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 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 does it better than the rest with Asian selections.
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 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 food and gracious service at a modest site.
Stone Creek Inn
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 restaurant livens up Main Street.
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 the Long Island Marriott focuses on local ingredients.
The Village Raw Bar
The Village Raw Bar, Rockville Centre: This eatery offers a taste of New England with fine oysters, lobsters and more.
Perennial, Garden City: Perennial is a spare eatery with top-notch farm to table dishes featuring lots of vegetables.
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 in introductory French, with some Italian accents.
Indigo, Patchogue: Part steakhouse, part bar and part night spot, this eatery is making some noise in downtown Patchogue.
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 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 shape the cornerstone of this restaurant.
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.