Can’t decide where to eat this weekend? Here are two restaurants worth seeking out:
The Metropolitan Bistro, Sea Cliff
Shielded from the virtually nonexistent traffic by hedges and blooms, the shaded patio at The Metropolitan Bistro in Sea Cliff is one of the prettiest sidewalk cafes in one of Long Island’s prettiest towns.
And it’s the perfect venue for whiling away a sultry summer evening.
The menu is full of bistro classics — lentil salad with andouille sausage, beet salad with Gorgonzola, steamed mussels in a Dijon-wine sauce, grilled steaks, roast chicken and duck, rack of lamb — as well as wood-oven pizzas and a few pastas. Appetizers hover around $13, most mains around $20.
The Metropolitan Bistro, 39 Roslyn Ave., Sea Cliff; 516-801-4500, themetropolitanbistro.com
— ERICA MARCUS
Off the Block Kitchen & Meats, Sayville
The sandwich menu has switched up at this neighborhood butcher shop/restaurant serving very good burgers, wings, sandwiches and cuts cooked to your liking.
Consider the new version of the ham and cheese, which is now a knife and fork number. It’s Texas toast layered with smoked ham and Gruyere, topped with béchamel and a sunnyside-up egg, $14.
If you can’t make it this weekend, consider a future visit: The restaurant has been farming in a spot down the road, where it’s growing Kirby cucumbers, bell peppers, zucchini, radishes and herbs. Tomatoes are next.
Off the Block Kitchen & Meats, 501 Montauk Hwy., Sayville; 631-573-6655, offtheblockmeats.com
— MELISSA MCCART