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Restaurants that appeal in autumn

The Lake House restaurant is on Main Street

The Lake House restaurant is on Main Street in Bay Shore overlooks Lawrence Lake. (May 10, 2013) Credit: Doug Young

Here are three restaurants that excel year-round, but have their own special appeal when the leaves start to fall.

THE LAKE HOUSE, 240 W. Main St., Bay Shore; 631-666-0995

From the waterside setting to the attentive service and especially to the New American cuisine, The Lake House is a delight. Recommended: herb-roasted chicken with honey-roasted cipollini and black truffle-fingerling potato hash; littleneck clam chowder.

CHACHAMA GRILL, 655-8 Montauk Hwy., East Patchogue; 631-758-7640

Tucked in a nearly anonymous shopping center, Chachama Grill easily could be overlooked. It shouldn't be. The New American fare, with Latin accents, is consistently first-class. Recommended: barbecued duck empanadas, lobster with yellow-corn puree, shrimp seviche.

THE BRASS RAIL, 107 Forest Ave., Locust Valley, 516-723-9103

The bar merits landmark status and the restaurant is on its way. Visit for spirited, eclectic dishes, such as crab-crusted grouper, cornmeal-crusted halibut, tuna steak au poivre, a Cuban sandwich, lobster bisque, steak frites, the short-rib quesadilla, deviled eggs, fried oysters.

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