The first weekend of autumn points to fairs, pumpkins and food for a cooler night. Here are three traditional spots to welcome the season.
Cooperage Inn in Baiting Hollow dresses up for the holidays amid fall festival days in September and October. The food is mainly American. Recommended: onion soup, shrimp cocktail, salads, chicken potpie, meatloaf, marinated pork chops, marinated and grilled flat iron steak, brunch buffet. $$-$$
Cooperage Inn, 2218 Sound Ave., Baiting Hollow (Calverton), 631-727-8994, cooperageinn.com
Barney’s in Locust Valley has kept its cozy, New Englandy style and look. Dine near the fireplace. Recommended: crabcakes, seared Long Island duck breast and confit of duck leg, braised beef short ribs, filet mignon, roasted rack of lamb, all desserts. $$$
Barney’s, 315 Buckram Rd., Locust Valley, 516-671-6300, barneyslv.com
Plattduetsche Park in Franklin Square is one of the local bastions of German cuisine and culture. Recommended: Bavarian platter, roast pork shank, sauerbraten with red cabbage, sirloin steak topped with fried onions, pork schnitzel, imported Munich pretzel with mustard. $$-$$$
Plattduetsche Park, 1132 Hempstead Tpke., Franklin Square, 516-354-3131, parkrestaurant.com