On the weekend before Halloween, make it treats and surprises. Here are three restaurants that provide them without tricks.
Matteo's Trattoria & Bar in Huntington has been dramatically overhauled and stylishly reborn at its longtime address. Recommended: all mozzarella selections; fried calamari; baked clams oreganata; eggplant Parmigiana; wood-fired pizzas; bucatini all'Amatriciana; pappardelle alla Bolognese; linguine with white clam sauce; braised pork "osso buco;" strip steak with potatoes and shishito peppers; grilled head-on prawns. Moderate to expensive.
Matteo's Trattoria & Bar, 300 W. Jericho Tpke., Huntington, 631-421-6001, matteosristorante.com
Kingfish Oyster Bar & Restaurant, Tom Schaudel's newest venture, is situated in The Vanderbilt, a luxury-rental residence in Westbury. You may decide to move in. Recommended: raw oysters; grilled oysters; an undersea "charcuterie," including smoked bluefish pate and beet-cured gravlax; Long Island duck wings; butter-poached lobster; pan-roasted striped bass with mushroom-spinach risotto; pan-roasted chicken; Key lime pie, lemon gelato ice cream sandwich. Moderate to expensive.
Kingfish Oyster Bar & Restaurant, 990 Corporate Dr. (The Vanderbilt), Westbury, 516-640-5777, kingfishoysterbar.com
The Snapper Inn in Oakdale celebrates 90 years in 2019. The big, waterside restaurant is on the Connetquot River. Recommended: raw bar selections; fried calamari with hot cherry peppers; house-cured salmon; prime rib; sauerbraten with potato pancake and red cabbage; potato-crusted cod; autumn wedge salad with fried goat cheese and diced apple; Sunday brunch. Moderate to expensive,
The Snapper Inn, 500 Shore Dr., Oakdale, 631-589-0248, thesnapperinn.com