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The best things to eat on Long Island

You don’t have to go searching around for something good to eat this week. Newsday critics have done it for you, ordering their way through menus expensive and cheap. Here are their picks for the best things to eat on Long Island, drawn from their most recent reviews. Order with confidence.

Meatball Parmigiano hero at Talluci's Pizzeria

The meatball Parmigiano hero at Talluci's Pizzeria in
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

The meatball Parmigiano hero at Talluci's Pizzeria in Farmingdale features soft, lush meatballs, bright sauce and gooey cheese.

'Classic NYC round' pizza at Talluci's Pizzeria

Talluci's Pizzeria in Farmingdale aces what it calls
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Talluci's Pizzeria in Farmingdale aces what it calls the "classic NYC round" pie, with a supple but giving crust and generous but balanced toppings. This one features juicy sausage and just-browned mushrooms.

Rigatoni alla vodka at Talluci's Pizzeria

Rigatoni alla vodka is creamy, slightly sweet and
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Rigatoni alla vodka is creamy, slightly sweet and more-than-reasonably priced at Talluci's Pizzeria in Farmingdale.

Deep-dish rigatoni pie at Talluci's Pizzeria

The deep-dish rigatoni pie at Talluci's Pizzeria in
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

The deep-dish rigatoni pie at Talluci's Pizzeria in Farmingdale features macaroni tubes, lightly cloaked with vodka sauce, standing shoulder to shoulder inside a pizza crust and topped with mozzarella and Parmesan. A slab satisfies the jones for both pizza and pasta.

Wedge salad at Talluci's Pizzeria

The wedge salad at Talluci's Pizzeria in Farmingdale
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

The wedge salad at Talluci's Pizzeria in Farmingdale features an entire head of romaine lettuce, showered with crumbled blue cheese, chopped bacon and tomato.

Scotch egg at Crown Gastropub

Scotch egg, soft-boiled and encased in sausage, is
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

Scotch egg, soft-boiled and encased in sausage, is a savory starter at Crown Gastropub in Bellmore.

Filet mignon at Crown Gastropub

Velvety, rosy filet mignon is served with mashed
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

Velvety, rosy filet mignon is served with mashed Yukon Gold potatoes and grilled pencil-thin asparagus at Crown Gastropub in Bellmore.

Tuna tartare with guacamole at Crown Gastropub

Tuna tartare with guacamole is accented with a
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

Tuna tartare with guacamole is accented with a lime-teriyaki dressing at Crown Gastropub in Bellmore.

Pork tenderloin at Crown Gastropub

Juicy pork tenderloin with a sweet-tart sauce is
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

Juicy pork tenderloin with a sweet-tart sauce is a frequent special at Crown Gastropub in Bellmore.

Braised beef short rib at Crown Gastropub

The braised beef short rib, ample and almost
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

The braised beef short rib, ample and almost flaky, is served with mashed spuds and Brussels sprouts at Crown Gastropub in Bellmore.

Jumbo shrimp at La Bonita Tacos & Tequila

A starter of jumbo shrimp fired to a
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

A starter of jumbo shrimp fired to a snappy char arrives lounging in a decadent garlic-butter sauce in a cast-iron skillet at La Bonita Tacos & Tequila in Coram.

Queso fundido at La Bonita Tacos & Tequila

A molten queso fundido with chorizo comes with
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

A molten queso fundido with chorizo comes with warm tortillas at La Bonita Tacos & Tequila in Coram.

Grilled skirt steak at La Bonita Tacos & Tequila

Charred, peppery and tender grilled skirt steak is
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Charred, peppery and tender grilled skirt steak is served at La Bonita Tacos & Tequila in Coram.

Chile relleno at La Bonita Tacos & Tequila

Chile relleno smothered in melted cheese and red-chile
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Chile relleno smothered in melted cheese and red-chile sauce is total comfort food at La Bonita Tacos & Tequila in Coram.

Coconut flan at La Bonita Tacos & Tequila

Coconut flan is a silky and sweet ending
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Coconut flan is a silky and sweet ending at La Bonita Tacos & Tequila in Coram.

Lobster beignet at Blue Oyster Bar & Seafood Restaurant

The lobster beignet, a
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

The lobster beignet, a "Maine-styled burger," is a flavorful, casual choice at Blue Oyster Bar & Seafood Restaurant in Islip.

Fish and chips at Blue Oyster Bar & Seafood Restaurant

Tempura-style fish and chips at Blue Oyster Bar
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Tempura-style fish and chips at Blue Oyster Bar & Seafood Restaurant in Islip stars cod with a tangle of lo-mein "chips" and a miso-teriyaki dip.

Grilled Montauk swordfish at Blue Oyster Bar & Seafood Restaurant

Grilled Montauk swordfish, served with mashed sweet potatoes
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Grilled Montauk swordfish, served with mashed sweet potatoes and cranberry chutney, is the big local catch at Blue Oyster Bar & Seafood Restaurant in Islip.

Raw bar at Blue Oyster Bar & Seafood Restaurant

The raw bar at Blue Oyster Bar &
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

The raw bar at Blue Oyster Bar & Seafood Restaurant in Islip includes Kumamoto, Blue Point, Wellfleet and Hood Canal oysters.

Oysters Rockefeller at Blue Oyster Bar & Seafood Restaurant

Oysters Rockefeller, capped with a Pernod-accented spinach, is
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Oysters Rockefeller, capped with a Pernod-accented spinach, is a lush appetizer with a hint of New Orleans at Blue Oyster Bar & Seafood Restaurant in Islip.

Braised beef noodle soup at Spicy Home Tasty

Braised beef noodle soup with succulent chunks of
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Braised beef noodle soup with succulent chunks of meat is flavored with star anise at Spicy Home Tasty in Commack.

Dry-pot lamb at Spicy Home Tasty

The chili-sparked heat of dry-pot lamb at Spicy
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

The chili-sparked heat of dry-pot lamb at Spicy Home Tasty in Commack does not conceal the fresh flavors of bell peppers, onion, lotus root, potato, bamboo shoots and wood-ear mushrooms.

Wontons in chili oil at Spicy Home Tasty

The heat of wontons in chili oil is
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

The heat of wontons in chili oil is offset by a hint of sweetness at Spicy Home Tasty in Commack.

Tea-smoked duck at Spicy Home Tasty

Tea-smoked duck at Spicy Home Tasty in Commack,
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Tea-smoked duck at Spicy Home Tasty in Commack, bearing the aroma of jasmine tea, competes with the very best American barbecue.

Stir-fried snow pea leaves at Spicy Home Tasty

Lush stir-fried snow pea leaves with garlic is
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Lush stir-fried snow pea leaves with garlic is one of many fresh vegetable dishes at Spicy Home Tasty in Commack

Burrata at Gusto Divino Trattoria

Creamy, soft, imported burrata is flanked by prosciutto
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

Creamy, soft, imported burrata is flanked by prosciutto and arugula and dressed with olive oil at Gusto Divino Trattoria in Seaford.

Eggplant rollatini at Gusto Divino Trattoria

Eggplant rollatini is generous and satisfying at Gusto
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

Eggplant rollatini is generous and satisfying at Gusto Divino Trattoria in Seaford.

Veal osso buco at Gusto Divino Trattoria

Veal osso buco with gnocchi is a specialty
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

Veal osso buco with gnocchi is a specialty at Gusto Divino Trattoria in Seaford.

Branzino oreganata at Gusto Divino Trattoria

Light, moist branzino oreganata is draped over sauteed
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

Light, moist branzino oreganata is draped over sauteed spinach at Gusto Divino Trattoria in Seaford.

Cannoli at Gusto Divino Trattoria

Freshly filled cannoli are among the sweets offered
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

Freshly filled cannoli are among the sweets offered at Gusto Divino Trattoria in Seaford.

Chive pancakes at Simply Thai

Chive pancakes, crisp and chewy, are served with
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Chive pancakes, crisp and chewy, are served with sweet soy sauce at Simply Thai in Copiague.

Khao soi at Simply Thai

The highlight of the noodle dishes at Simply
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

The highlight of the noodle dishes at Simply Thai in Copiague is khao soi, which features simmered egg noodles buried beneath a coconut-based, yellow-curry broth, and a crisp tangle of fried egg noodles floating on top.

Green curry at Simply Thai

Green curry with chicken at Simply Thai in
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Green curry with chicken at Simply Thai in Copiague is stellar, also featuring eggplant, bamboo shoots, Thai basil and mixed peppers in a coconut broth.

Beef salad at Simply Thai

Beef salad at Simply Thai in Copiague features
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Beef salad at Simply Thai in Copiague features savory grilled slices offset by the frisky flavors of mint, cucumber, tomato and scallion.

Sticky rice at Simply Thai

For dessert, sticky rice is tinted blue with
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

For dessert, sticky rice is tinted blue with butterfly pea flowers, and served with vanilla ice cream, peanuts and jackfruit, at Simply Thai in Copiague.

Chicken lettuce wraps at Lou Joe

Chicken lettuce wraps are a savory do-it-yourself appetizer
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Chicken lettuce wraps are a savory do-it-yourself appetizer at Lou Joe in Roslyn Heights.

Chef's tasting menu at Lou Joe

Scottish salmon with mango uzura and micro greens
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Scottish salmon with mango uzura and micro greens is part of an outstanding chef's tasting menu at Lou Joe in Roslyn Heights.

Sichuan dried beef at Lou Joe

Don't overlook the excellent, evocative crisp and shredded
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Don't overlook the excellent, evocative crisp and shredded Sichuan dried beef at Lou Joe in Roslyn Heights.

Duck at Lou Joe

Tender and juicy sliced duck breast is served
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Tender and juicy sliced duck breast is served with a balsamic teriyaki glaze and corn at Lou Joe in Roslyn Heights.

Chilean sea bass at Lou Joe

Buttery, steamed Chilean sea bass is cut by
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Buttery, steamed Chilean sea bass is cut by citrusy yuzu shoyu sauce at Lou Joe in Roslyn Heights.

Bucatini all'Amatriciana at Matteo's Trattoria & Bar

Bucatini all'Amatriciana stands out among the pastas at
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

Bucatini all'Amatriciana stands out among the pastas at Matteo's Trattoria & Bar in Huntington Station.

Mozzarella at Matteo’s Trattoria & Bar

Satisfy your need for cheese with the mozzarella
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

Satisfy your need for cheese with the mozzarella selections at Matteo's Trattoria & Bar in Huntington Station. Enjoy warm mozzarella, tangy mozzarella di bufala and near-decadent burrata, accented with shaved black truffle, roasted peppers, prosciutto di Parma, a fig compote, honey and pancetta.

Prawns at Matteo's Trattoria & Bar

Spicy, head-on prawns with roasted eggplant and chiles
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

Spicy, head-on prawns with roasted eggplant and chiles heat up the appetizers at Matteo's Trattoria & Bar in Huntington Station.

Pappardelle alla Bolognese at Matteo's Trattoria & Bar

Pappardelle alla Bolognese, generous and meaty, is a
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

Pappardelle alla Bolognese, generous and meaty, is a savory pasta at Matteo's Trattoria & Bar in Huntington Station.

Braised pork shank at Matteo's Trattoria & Bar

Braised pork shank is a tender, hefty main
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

Braised pork shank is a tender, hefty main course at Matteo's Trattoria & Bar in Huntington Station.

Lobster-stuffed grilled cheese at Vienna of Roslyn

Lobster-stuffed grilled cheese on butter-soaked toast oozes with
Photo Credit: Jeremy Bales

Lobster-stuffed grilled cheese on butter-soaked toast oozes with melted Gouda at Vienna of Roslyn.

Lamb chop 'lollipops' at Vienna of Roslyn

Peppery lamb chop
Photo Credit: Jeremy Bales

Peppery lamb chop "lollipops" come with asparagus and new potatoes at Vienna of Roslyn.

Margherita pizza at Vienna of Roslyn

Well-crafted, thin-crust Margherita pizza is flecked with basil
Photo Credit: Jeremy Bales

Well-crafted, thin-crust Margherita pizza is flecked with basil at Vienna of Roslyn.

Mediterranean dips at Vienna of Roslyn

An artful arrangement of silky-smooth hummus, tapenade, spicy
Photo Credit: Jeremy Bales

An artful arrangement of silky-smooth hummus, tapenade, spicy feta dip and citrusy tzatziki, is served with sliced veggies and warm, spice-dusted pita bread at Vienna of Roslyn.

Braised short ribs at Vienna of Roslyn

Braised short ribs over creamy mashed new potatoes
Photo Credit: Jeremy Bales

Braised short ribs over creamy mashed new potatoes are falling-apart tender, and served in a skillet at Vienna of Roslyn.

Sweet Casserole at Elijah Churchill’s

Sweet Casserole is a concoction of sweet tater
Photo Credit: Marisol Diaz

Sweet Casserole is a concoction of sweet tater tots drizzled with cream sauce and studded with bacon, roasted tomato and maple glaze at Elijah Churchill's All-American Barbecue House in Northport.

Southern-style fried chicken at Elijah Churchill's

At Elijah Churchill's All-American Barbecue House in Northport,
Photo Credit: Marisol Diaz

At Elijah Churchill's All-American Barbecue House in Northport, Southern-style fried chicken is topped with a maple syrup reduction and Sriracha dust, and paired with a waffle.

Brussels sprouts at Elijah Churchill's

Maple glaze adds a touch of sweetness to
Photo Credit: Marisol Diaz

Maple glaze adds a touch of sweetness to crunchy, potato-chip-like Brussels sprouts at Elijah Churchill's All-American Barbecue House in Northport.

Half-roast chicken at Elijah Churchill's

At Elijah Churchill's All-American Barbecue House in Northport,
Photo Credit: Marisol Diaz

At Elijah Churchill's All-American Barbecue House in Northport, fork-tender half-roast chicken gets an apricot and chili glaze that gives the skin a candy-like coat and a bronze tint.

Burrata al Tartufo at One North Mediterranean Soul

Burrata al Tartufo (burrata topped with black truffles)
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Burrata al Tartufo (burrata topped with black truffles) is a satisfying dish made at the mozzarella bar at One North Mediterranean Soul in Jericho.

Cioppino at One North Mediterranean Soul

One North Mediterranean Soul in Jericho is deft
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

One North Mediterranean Soul in Jericho is deft with tomatoes, which it confits for the tasty broth of this cioppino heaped with cockles, potatoes and prawns.

Black sea bass at One North Mediterranean Soul

Whole chargrilled black sea bass is deboned, showered
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Whole chargrilled black sea bass is deboned, showered with herbs and capers, and served with lemon and olive oil at One North Mediterranean Soul in Jericho.

Carabineros shrimp at One North Mediterranean Soul

This special of imported Carabineros shrimp, served with
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

This special of imported Carabineros shrimp, served with a shot glass of sherry, is one of the best starters at One North Mediterranean Soul in Jericho.

Kataifi at One North Mediterranean Soul

Kataifi pastry is topped with whipped Greek yogurt,
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Kataifi pastry is topped with whipped Greek yogurt, fresh berries, candied almond brittle and wildflower honey at One North Mediterranean Soul in Jericho.

Pan-fried pork and chive dumplings at Yum Yum Dumplings

Pan-fried pork and chive dumplings with crisp, burnished
Photo Credit: Barry Sloan

Pan-fried pork and chive dumplings with crisp, burnished crusts are one of the classic combinations at Yum Yum Dumplings in Centereach.

Tomato and egg drop soup at Yum Yum Dumplings

Tomato and egg drop soup is mellow and
Photo Credit: Barry Sloan

Tomato and egg drop soup is mellow and restorative at Yum Yum Dumplings in Centereach.

Seafood dumplings at Yum Yum Dumplings

Delicate seafood dumplings are stuffed with shrimp, pork
Photo Credit: Barry Sloan

Delicate seafood dumplings are stuffed with shrimp, pork and chives at Yum Yum Dumplings in Centereach.

Hot chili wontons at Yum Yum Dumplings

Hot chili wontons are doused with smoky, spicy
Photo Credit: Barry Sloan

Hot chili wontons are doused with smoky, spicy oil and showered with cilantro at Yum Yum Dumplings in Centereach.

Pork and cabbage meat pie at Yum Yum Dumplings

The pork and cabbage meat pie at Yum
Photo Credit: Barry Sloan

The pork and cabbage meat pie at Yum Yum Dumplings in Centereach is deeply savory and makes for a great meal on the go.

Parsnip and pear soup at Cove Hollow Tavern

A creamy parsnip and pear soup topped with
Photo Credit: Chris Ware

A creamy parsnip and pear soup topped with crispy parsnip chips and thyme is served at Cove Hollow Tavern in East Hampton.

New York strip steak at Cove Hollow Tavern

To be wowed at Cove Hollow Tavern in
Photo Credit: Chris Ware

To be wowed at Cove Hollow Tavern in East Hampton, skip straight to the wood-fired strip steak with a crackling armor and rosy, almost nutty meat, a pat of herbed butter melting along its top.

Scallop crudo at Cove Hollow Tavern

A delicate crudo of Peconic Bay scallops is
Photo Credit: Chris Ware

A delicate crudo of Peconic Bay scallops is decorated with capers, fennel, grapefruit and spicy olive oil at Cove Hollow Tavern in East Hampton.

Escargot 'nero' at Cove Hollow Tavern

Escargot
Photo Credit: Chris Ware

Escargot "nero" -- squid ink spaghetti topped with chopped snails and pinenut gremolata -- is served at Cove Hollow Tavern in East Hampton.

Smoked brisket sausage at Cove Hollow Tavern

A smoked brisket sausage with kirby pickles, grain
Photo Credit: Chris Ware

A smoked brisket sausage with kirby pickles, grain mustard and espresso-laced barbecue sauce is served at Cove Hollow Tavern in East Hampton.

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