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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.

The Craft House

The Craft House, Freeport: This gastropub, one of
Photo Credit: David L. Pokress

The Craft House, Freeport: This gastropub, one of the newest additions to the Nautical Mile, serves finely tuned cocktails, charcuterie boards and upscale tavern fare.

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
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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.

Crown Gastropub

Crown Gastropub, Bellmore: The successor to Crown Steakhouse
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

Crown Gastropub, Bellmore: The successor to Crown Steakhouse is more casual and less expensive, but still offers excellent steaks and spirits.

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 - plus an outstanding chef's tasting menu.

Matteo’s Trattoria & Bar

Matteo's Trattoria & Bar, Huntington Station: Renovated and
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

Matteo's Trattoria & Bar, Huntington Station: Renovated and reborn, the new Matteo's builds on its strengths and add a few more.

One North Mediterranean Soul

One North Mediterranean Soul, Jericho: One North Mediterranean
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

One North Mediterranean Soul, Jericho: One North Mediterranean Soul may be the splashiest Long Island restaurant opening in a decade, with soaring rooms, a mozzarella bar, and seats for 400 diners -- as well as a sprawling menu focused on fresh fish flown in several times per week.

Cove Hollow Tavern

Cove Hollow Tavern, East Hampton: Located inside a
Photo Credit: Chris Ware

Cove Hollow Tavern, East Hampton: Located inside a tastefully refurbished barn, this eatery offers polished tavern fare.

Ara Greek Kitchen & Bar

Ara Greek Kitchen & Bar, Commack: This ambitious
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Ara Greek Kitchen & Bar, Commack: This ambitious Greek eatery proves that bigger isn't always better.

Ruby Divine Indian Dining

Ruby Divine Indian Dining, Great Neck: The only
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Ruby Divine Indian Dining, Great Neck: The only Indian restaurant in Great Neck struggles to put out divine Indian fare.

Element Seafood

Element Seafood, Great Neck: The newest arrival opposite
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Element Seafood, Great Neck: The newest arrival opposite the Great Neck railroad station appeals to commuters and more.

Besito

Besito, West Islip: This Mexican chainlet keeps its
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Besito, West Islip: This Mexican chainlet keeps its recipe for success going in West Islip.

Meritage Wine Bar

Meritage Wine Bar, Glen Cove: This upbeat wine
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Meritage Wine Bar, Glen Cove: This upbeat wine bar, which also is a very good restaurant, pours and serves with flair.

Doma Land + Sea

Doma Land + Sea, Cedarhurst: Big goals and
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Doma Land + Sea, Cedarhurst: Big goals and a big tab go with Doma, a strikingly designed, often excellent restaurant that also happens to be kosher.

The Haylard

The Haylard, Greenport: This bright, new seafood-centric restaurant
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

The Haylard, Greenport: This bright, new seafood-centric restaurant makes the Sound View Hotel a dining destination.

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