Love a classic surf- and/or -turf restaurant meal, but don't want to pay the sky-high price?
There's no better time than Long Island Restaurant Week to enjoy filet mignon or lobster at a discount. During the event, dozens of local restaurants, including top steak and seafood venues, will feature three-course meals at $27.95 a person. The deal runs all night, every night, except Saturday, when it may be available only until 7 p.m.
Here are our steak and seafood picks.
THOM THOM STEAK AND SEAFOOD, 3340 Park Ave. Wantagh, 516-221-8022, thomthomrestaurant.com
The vintage black-and-white photos on the walls at Thom Thom are nostalgic, but the menu is up-to-date. Starters for restaurant week will include Thom Thom's signature surf and turf sushi roll with grilled skirt steak and lobster salad or Kung Pao calamari. Follow with seafood paella or a petit filet mignon. For dessert, choose molten lava cake, apple crisp or a trio of ice creams and sorbets.
MORTON'S THE STEAKHOUSE, 777 Northern Blvd., Great Neck, 516-498-2950, mortons.com/greatneck
The Great Neck outpost of this Chicago-based chain revels in steakhouse showmanship. Waiters wheel around carts from which diners admire a selection of prime meats and a live lobster swimming in a small tank. For restaurant week, appetizers will include Caesar salad and onion soup. A 6-ounce filet (upgrade to an 8-ounce steak for $10) comes with sour cream mashed potatoes. So does a 16-ounce pork chop. Dessert choices include key lime pie, cheesecake, and double chocolate mousse.
ANCHOR DOWN SEAFOOD BAR & GRILL, 1960 Bayberry Ave., Merrick, 516-544-4334, anchordownny.com
During restaurant week at this casual nautical spot, you might begin your meal with an Asian-inflected tuna tartare accompanied by sesame-hoisin sauce and crispy wonton. Or choose a fried calamari and shrimp combo with hot peppers, shaved lemon, and marinara sauce. Main courses will include traditional seafood specialties like bouillabaisse in Pernod broth, as well as modern preparations like wild caught Icelandic cod with miso glaze and baby bok choy. For dessert, there will be lemon meringue pie with blueberry compote or chocolate mousse cake with sea salt and caramel.
CANTERBURY ALES OYSTER BAR & GRILL, 46 Audrey Ave., Oyster Bay, 516-922-3614, canterburyalesrestaurant.com
This handsome fish house has an American-eclectic menu with some adventurous choices. Appetizers will include a decadent meat and cheese plate flatbread, with apple butter, figs, prosciutto, bacon, Brie, Gruyere, truffle honey, and a blueberry balsamic syrup. Mains will include miso-marinated wild Arctic char with rose ginger beurre blanc, and a noodle bowl including seared halibut, jumbo shrimp, and lo mein in a lemongrass, tomato, and English pea brodo. For dessert, you may be tempted by a warm bananas foster Nutella crepe.
GEORGE MARTIN'S STRIP STEAK, 60 River Rd., Great River, 631-650-6777, georgemartinsstripsteak.com
The Suffolk branch of the George Martin empire is classic steakhouse -- all polished wood and a blazing fire. During restaurant week, you might start with chili pop shrimp tossed in a Thai chili aioli or a chopped Caesar salad with panko Parmesan crumbs. There will be grilled flat iron steak with roasted garlic mashed potatoes, sauteed mushrooms and onions. Also on the menu, shrimp and lobster pappardelle in roasted tomato thyme cream. Finish with house-made cheesecake or chocolate chip chocolate mousse.
MAC'S STEAKHOUSE, 12 Gerard St., Huntington, 631-549-5300, macssteakhouse.com
Come to Mac's for dry-aged, grass-fed beef in an opulent but family-friendly setting. Starters during the week will include choice of mozzarella and tomato salad or shrimp cocktail. Besides grilled sirloin and roasted prime rib, Mac's offerings include shrimp and scallop risotto and Parmesan-crusted tilapia. Chocolate cake, cheese cake or bread pudding will be served for dessert, if you have the room.
H2O SEAFOOD AND SUSHI, 215 W. Main St., Smithtown, 631-361-6464, h2oseafoodsushi.com
Whether you're seated in the bright, marine-themed main dining room or the sleek sushi section, you might start your meal with local fluke fritters or a spicy salmon and avocado roll. Second courses include grilled shrimp skewers, which come with roasted tomato, couscous salad, and a sherry vinaigrette, and pan-roasted salmon with coconut rice and sriracha cream. A seasonal spiced pumpkin bread with cream cheese frosting is on the dessert menu, as well as dark chocolate mousse with fresh raspberries and toasted hazelnuts.
LONG ISLAND RESTAURANT WEEK
WHEN | WHERE: Sunday Nov. 1-Sunday Nov. 8 at almost 100 participating restaurants. May not be available for seatings after 7 p.m. on Nov. 7. Reservations suggested.