Yes, resolutions. One easy choice: portion control. Here are three of the best spots on Long Island to enjoy small plates. You may have more than one ... or two.
Meritage Wine Bar in Glen Cove is a lively, friendly destination for the dishes of several cuisines and the beverages that go with them. Recommended: dry, cured duck sausage; dry French pork sausage; aged manchego cheese; rice balls; patatas bravas; meatballs; roasted bone marrow; cacio e pepe pasta; octopus with fingerling potatoes, chorizo and saffron aioli. Moderate.
Meritage Wine Bar, 90 School St., Glen Cove, 516-801-0555, meritagebar.com
Salumi in Massapequa shares its easygoing style, flavors, website, and more with Plancha in Garden City. Recommended: Iberico ham; smoked trout; braised pork belly with kimchee; roasted cauliflower; croque monsieur or madame; assorted panini; Monte Cristo and other sandwiches; anchovies toast; blood sausage; pork ribs; bread basket. Moderate.
Salumi, 5600 Merrick Rd., Massapequa, 516-620-0057, barplancha.com
Swallow in Huntington delivers some big flavors in its small plates, and a spirited atmosphere where they're carefully served. Recommended: hummus; beet salad with goat cheese; butternut squash "cappuccino;" Asiago cream-sauced macaroni and cheese; asparagus fries with lemon-mustard aioli; French onion beef sliders; shrimp and grits; steak frites; Brussels sprouts with apple, toasted coconut, cashews, and maple beurre blanc. Moderate.
Swallow, 366 New York Ave., Huntington, 631-547-5388, swallowrestaurant.com
These are some of the best spots on Long Island to enjoy small plates