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Our favorite Suffolk South Shore restaurants

Bistro 25 in Sayville has a lively happy

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For decades, dining out along Suffolk's South Shore was highlighted by the big seafood catch. A drift net's worth of fishermen's platters, either broiled or fried, vied with surf-and-turf, often filet mignon and a lobster tail. Stuffed flounder: very popular. Likewise, baked clams and mussels marinara.

But in recent years, the choices from Babylon to Patchogue have grown both in variety and style, the familiar has been tweaked, new eateries continue to expand the repertoire. Traditionalists need not be concerned. Plenty of familiar fare is on the regional menu.

Here are 10 of our favorites on Suffolk's South Shore.

--Compiled by Peter M. Gianotti and Joan Reminick

  • Critic rating 2.5
    Customers at Verace in Islip can eat on

    Verace $$$ | Pasta, Pizza, Italian 599 Main St. Islip Verace is owned by the Bohlsen family, which also runs the neighboring Tellers Chophouse and ...

  • Critic rating 2.5
    George Martin's Strip Steak in Great River has

    George Martin's Strip Steak $$$ | Steak, American 60 River Rd. Great River George Martin's Strip Steak beefs up dining out at the end of the Southern State ...

  • Critic rating 2.5
    Onsen Sushi is a Japanese sushi restaurant located

    Onsen Sushi $$ | Sushi 597 Montauk Hwy. Oakdale Sushi chef Jason Chen is a whiz with raw fish. Everything coming out of his ...

  • Critic rating 2.5
    Patrons dine in the interior dining room of

    View $$$ | Sushi, Seafood, American 3 Consuelo Place Oakdale View answers a popular question on Long Island: Can you find a very good restaurant ...

  • Critic rating 2.5
    Bistro 25 in Sayville has a new, sleek

    Bistro 25 $$ | New American 45 Foster Ave. Sayville A "recession friendly" place to eat, where the menu includes a small plate of truffled ...

  • Critic rating 2
    The exterior of La Tavola restaurant in Sayville.

    La Tavola $$$ | Italian 183 W. Main St. Sayville Set for either a meal or a spot for relaxing, both the dining room and ...

  • Critic rating 2.5
    PeraBell Food Bar in Patchogue.

    PeraBell Food Bar $$$ | Eclectic, American, Pub, New American 69 East Main St. Patchogue Bar and restaurant serving eclectic, contemporary food. ...

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