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Spring dining on Long Island: 4 picks

Crisp and juicy buttermilk fried chicken is served

Crisp and juicy buttermilk fried chicken is served with corn on the cob at Painters' Restaurant in Brookhaven. Credit: Daniel Brennan

New American cuisine pairs effortlessly with spring. Here are four reliable choices where you'll find it -- and more.

ACACIA, 371 New York Ave., Huntington; 631-923-2299

Heightening the competition in downtown Huntington, Acacia stands out with tasty, generous mussel pots, including Thai- and Provençal-seasoned versions; plump crabcakes with lemon aioli; tuna tartare; and seared dry sea scallops on rounds of potato with leek relish.

THE BELLPORT, 159 South Country Rd., Bellport; 631-286-7550

A full-flavored destination for more than 20 years, The Bellport is a very appealing country restaurant. Try the vegetable antipasto, crabcakes, bison burger, cider-brined grilled pork chop, red-wine-braised beef short rib and pan-roasted chicken.

WALK STREET, 176 Seventh St., Garden City; 516-746-2592

This mainstay offers New American and traditional American dishes in a comfortable setting on a busy stretch. Selections include the grilled, dry-aged shell steak; blue-cheese burger; cilantro-seasoned grilled shrimp with English pea sauce; beet salad; a BLT; and apple cobbler.

PAINTERS' RESTAURANT, 416 South Country Rd. Brookhaven; 631-803-8593

Painters' Restaurant specializes in lively local artwork, on the walls and on the plate. It's a colorful, entertaining spot with real personality and a flavorful, all-purpose menu that features a wide variety of casual dishes that should appeal to the whole family.