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Night Owl's restaurant search: Useful tool

Espana restaurant serves cuisine from Spain and is

Espana restaurant serves cuisine from Spain and is located on 655 Middle Country Rd. in St. James. (June 4, 2011) Credit: Heather Walsh

Sometimes, you want to eat late at night. Perhaps your plane just landed or you've been working the night shift. Whatever the reason, finding a suburban restaurant that’s open after 10 p.m. on a week night can be a challenge.

Often, a place that advertises itself as staying open late can close when no customers show up. Hence the need for making and confirming reservations — and for a web tool such as Open Table.

Out of curiosity, I put in an Open Table search for a table for two at 11 p. m. tonight. Here’s what I came up with:

Nassau County:
Chi Dining Lounge in Westbury
Simply Fondue in Great Neck
Hendrick’s Tavern in Roslyn
Cafe Rustica in Great Neck
Mint LI in Garden City

Suffolk County
Trata Estoriatorio in Water Mill
Espana Tapas & Wine Bar in St. James
Prime in Huntington
Race Lane in East Hampton
Shandon Court in East Islip
Tango Argentinian Steakhouse in Islip
Monsoon Asian Kitchen & Lounge in Babylon
Public House 49 in Patchogue
Shiki in East Hampton
Kodiak’s American Grill in Farmingdale
Southampton Social Club in Southampton

This only scratches the surface of what’s out there. But you have to do your homework in advance — and even then, call before going.

Pictured above: The dining room of Espana Tapas & Wine Bar in St. James
 

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