During Long Island Restaurant Week, diners sample dishes from some of the area’s most accomplished chefs for the bargain price of $29.95. The deal should be especially attractive to budget-minded seafood lovers, who can enjoy normally pricey lobster, scallops, shrimp, and salmon at a discount.
The Restaurant Week promotion runs from Nov. 4 to Nov. 11, all night, every night, except Saturday, when it may be available only until 7 p.m. Go to longislandrestaurantweek.com for details and a list or participating establishments.
Here are our picks for places with attractive seafood options on their Restaurant Week menus:
Chefs 724, 4409 Austin Blvd., Island Park, 516-867-0700, chefs724.com
Seafood appetizers at this year-old spot owned by two CIA-trained brothers include luxurious jumbo lump crabcakes with a caper rémoulade and fried calamari. The main course menu features shrimp and crabmeat pasta, shrimp scampi, herb-crusted salmon, and Chilean sea bass with a mustard cream sauce. For landlubbers, there is short rib pasta and strip steak. Vegetarians may want to order pasta with wild mushrooms. Desserts, all made in-house, include apple crumble, chocolate pot de crème, and New York cheesecake.
Thom Thom Steak and Seafood, 3340 Park Ave., Wantagh, 516-221-8022, thomthomrestaurant.com
Not surprisingly, this surf-and-turf restaurant offers plenty for seafood lovers and carnivores alike. On the appetizer list for restaurant week are King Pao calamari, a chef’s special sushi roll with salmon and spicy tuna, and a surf and turf sushi roll that features grilled skirt steak along with lobster salad and shrimp. Mains include pan-seared Scottish salmon with lemon dill beurre blanc and a paella with shrimp, mussels, calamari, chorizo, and chicken. Choose molten lava cake for dessert, or cleanse your palate with a trio of mango, raspberry, and coconut sorbets.
Waterzooi, 850 Franklin Ave., Garden City, 516-877-2177, waterzooi.com
This Belgian bistro is offering a lobster croquette appetizer with a side of Belgian vegetable slaw. In addition to an herb-baked fillet of sole and a Belgian Ale and beef stew, main courses include your choice of variously flavored mussel pots (lemon and white wine, lemon grass and coconut, spicy buffalo style, Mediterranean marinara) along with frites and mayonnaise. Desserts include Belgian triple chocolate mousse.
Athenian Greek Taverna, 2187 Jericho Tpk., Commack, 631-499-7660, atheniangreektaverna.com
At this authentic Greek tavern, you’ll find Mediterranean appetizers like halloumi, spanakopita, and gyro sliders as well as mussels “a la Mykonos,” sautéed with peppers, mushrooms, and spinach in a spicy tomato broth. Mains include not only lamb gyro and chicken with spinach and feta, but also broiled tilapia filet stuffed with crabmeat and grilled octopus with Greek oregano and lemon. Desserts: baklava, custard-filled phyllo, kataifi, and a Greek cookie platter.
Cowfish, 258 East Montauk Hwy., Hampton Bays,631-594-3868, cowfishrestaurant.com
This waterside restaurant in Hampton Bays is a good place to enjoy a seafood-centric meal. Appetizers include pan-seared scallops with black pepper bacon and parsnip puree, jumbo Buffalo shrimp, and New England clam chowder. Among the entrees are salmon prepared differently every day and New Orleans shrimp with Worcestershire reduction sauce and jasmine rice. A dessert selection includes a sundae with house-made Belgian fudge and a spiced pumpkin cheesecake.
Le Charlot, 36 Main St., Southampton, 631-353-3222, lecharlot.us
For seafood with French flair, check out this upscale Hamptons bistro, where appetizers include escargot with garlic, butter and parsley. Then choose an entree of grilled salmon with Nicoise sauce, or try the moules marinieres with fries. The desserts are time-honored classics: chocolate mousse and crème caramel.
WHAT: Long Island Restaurant Week
WHEN: Nov. 4-11, nightly, except Saturday, until 7 p.m.
PRICE: $29.95 excluding tax, tip, alcohol
INFO: longislandrestaurantweek.com for full listing of participating restaurants