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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.

Gnocchi at Maldon & Mignonette

Gnocchi is tightly dressed with dandelion pesto, spring
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Gnocchi is tightly dressed with dandelion pesto, spring peas and shiitake mushrooms at Maldon & Mignonette in Sea Cliff.

Bacon and peanut butter at Maldon & Mignonette

Though the menu changes seasonally, bacon and peanut
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Though the menu changes seasonally, bacon and peanut butter with roasted carrot and red quinoa is a permanent fixture at Maldon & Mignonette in Sea Cliff.

Charred octopus at Maldon & Mignonette

At Maldon & Mignonette in Sea Cliff, chef
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

At Maldon & Mignonette in Sea Cliff, chef Robert Occhipinti give charred octopus renewed vigor with an inventive accompaniment of chickpeas (boiled and fried), fresh fava beans and potatoes in a spicy harissa dressing.

Scallops at Maldon & Mignonette

Darkly seared sea scallops are intercut with caramelized
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Darkly seared sea scallops are intercut with caramelized wedges of fennel, served in a puddle of fennel puree and topped gleefully with raw fennel, watercress and frisee at Maldon & Mignonette in Sea Cliff.

Chori burger at I Am Nacho Mama

The Chori burger at I Am Nacho Mama
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

The Chori burger at I Am Nacho Mama in Hicksville features ground sirloin subtly enhanced by Argentinean chorizo.

Pernil bowl at I Am Nacho Mama

The pernil bowl features shavings of pork over
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

The pernil bowl features shavings of pork over black beans and rice flavored with cilantro, turmeric and lime at I Am Nacho Mama in Hicksville.

Mama's Ribs at I Am Nacho Mama

Pork ribs at I Am Nacho Mama in
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

Pork ribs at I Am Nacho Mama in Hicksville, rubbed with a racy lime and salt mixture and seared on a wood fire grill, are among the best of their kind. Shards of succulent pork fall off the proverbial bone, mingling delectably with tart cilantro lime rice and creamy black beans.

Churros at I Am Nacho Mama

Hot, sweet and crunchy churros are served with
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

Hot, sweet and crunchy churros are served with chocolate sauce at I Am Nacho Mama in Hicksville.

Lobster roll at North Fork Table & Inn

The meat in the lobster roll is tossed
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

The meat in the lobster roll is tossed with tarragon and lemon aioli and served in a Blue Duck Bakery roll at North Fork Table & Inn in Southold.

Sea scallops at North Fork Table & Inn

Sea scallops are served atop an almond-pea puree
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Sea scallops are served atop an almond-pea puree with pancetta, fava beans, spinach and caper butter at North Fork Table & Inn in Southold.

Beef striploin at North Fork Table & Inn

Beef striploin with garlic potato gratin, swiss chard,
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Beef striploin with garlic potato gratin, swiss chard, Nebrodini mushrooms and port wine reduction at North Fork Table & Inn in Southold.

Panko-fried mozzarella discs at Cafe Al Dente

At Cafe Al Dente in Oyster Bay, a
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

At Cafe Al Dente in Oyster Bay, a trio of panko-fried mozzarella discs is stacked on a pool of vodka sauce for a hefty, cheesier experience that's best shared.

Seafood fra diavolo at Cafe Al Dente

Seafood fra diavolo, loaded with calamari, clams, shrimp
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Seafood fra diavolo, loaded with calamari, clams, shrimp and scallops atop linguine, packs just enough heat to spark the tender shellfish and squid at Cafe Al Dente in Oyster Bay.

Rigatoni Norcina at Cafe Al Dente

Rigatoni Norcina, a savory bowl, full of crumbled
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Rigatoni Norcina, a savory bowl, full of crumbled bacon, pancetta and sausage in a creamy pink sauce that hints of basil, is served at Cafe Al Dente in Oyster Bay.

Mama’s Sunday combo at Cafe Al Dente

Mama's Sunday combo, an ample, satisfying union of
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Mama's Sunday combo, an ample, satisfying union of manicotti, meatball and chicken Parmigiana, is served at Cafe Al Dente in Oyster Bay.

Pork belly buns at Bistro 25 East

Pork belly buns with kimchi slaw, pickled red
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

Pork belly buns with kimchi slaw, pickled red onions and black bean glaze are served at Bistro 25 East in Blue Point.

Linguine with clam sauce at Bistro 25 East

Linguine with clam sauce at Bistro 25 East
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

Linguine with clam sauce at Bistro 25 East in Blue Point features al dente pasta brimming with shell-on clams and sautéed shrimp in a buttery, garlic-studded broth.

Bacon-topped oysters casino at Bistro 25 East

Tasty bacon-topped oysters casino with butter and herbs
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

Tasty bacon-topped oysters casino with butter and herbs is served at Bistro 25 East in Blue Point.

Buffalo-style cauliflower florets at Bistro 25 East

Crisp, fried Buffalo-style cauliflower florets are assertively spicy;
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

Crisp, fried Buffalo-style cauliflower florets are assertively spicy; a stand-up app for vegetarians at Bistro 25 East in Blue Point.

Khao soi at Ra-Cha Thai Cuisine

Ra-Cha Thai Cuisine in Huntington prepares a spirited
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

Ra-Cha Thai Cuisine in Huntington prepares a spirited khao soi, with both egg noodles and crisp ones in a vivid curry broth. It's excellent with tofu.

Duck rolls at Ra-Cha Thai Cuisine

Crisp duck rolls with cucumber, scallion, apple and
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

Crisp duck rolls with cucumber, scallion, apple and hoisin sauce are served at Ra-Cha Thai Cuisine in Huntington.

Larb gai at Ra-Cha Thai Cuisine

Larb gai, a fiery, ground-chicken salad with mint,
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

Larb gai, a fiery, ground-chicken salad with mint, cilantro, shallots and roasted rice, is served at Ra-Cha Thai Cuisine in Huntington.

Whole red snapper at Ra-Cha Thai Cuisine

Whole red snapper, deftly fried, stands out in
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

Whole red snapper, deftly fried, stands out in a spicy-tart sauce with garlic and bell peppers at Ra-Cha Thai Cuisine in Huntington.

Foxy Lady sushi roll at Tiga

Chef Roy Kurniawan's Foxy Lady sushi roll features
Photo Credit: An Rong Xu

Chef Roy Kurniawan's Foxy Lady sushi roll features tuna, salmon, avocado and mango at Tiga in Port Washington.

Smoked tuna tartare at Tiga

Smoked tuna tartare is served in a gold
Photo Credit: An Rong Xu

Smoked tuna tartare is served in a gold tin at Tiga in Port Washington.

Big Mac sushi at Tiga

Square-cut Big Mac sushi combines crab salad and
Photo Credit: An Rong Xu

Square-cut Big Mac sushi combines crab salad and spicy tuna at Tiga in Port Washington.

Scottish salmon at Tiga

Scottish salmon is dressed with capers, microgreens and
Photo Credit: An Rong Xu

Scottish salmon is dressed with capers, microgreens and crispy rice at Tiga in Port Washington.

Quarry fillet with pickled mustard soup at Kitchen Melody

Quarry fillet with pickled mustard soup comes in
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

Quarry fillet with pickled mustard soup comes in a bowl nearly two feet wide at Kitchen Melody in Great Neck.

Diced rabbit at Kitchen Melody

Diced rabbit with chili sauce and peanuts is
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

Diced rabbit with chili sauce and peanuts is served at Kitchen Melody in Great Neck.

Three-cup chicken at Kitchen Melody

Three-cup chicken, a Taiwanese specialty of chicken with
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

Three-cup chicken, a Taiwanese specialty of chicken with basil and soy sauce, is served at Kitchen Melody in Great Neck.

Minced pork with vermicelli at Kitchen Melody

The famous Sichuan dish of minced pork with
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

The famous Sichuan dish of minced pork with vermicelli, served at Kitchen Melody in Great Neck, is known as "ants climbing up a tree" in China.

Steamed lobster at The Snapper Inn

The best of the seaside main courses at
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

The best of the seaside main courses at The Snapper Inn in Oakdale is the pristine steamed lobster, weighing in at 1 1/2 or 2 pounds. It's sweet and flavorful enough to let you ignore either drawn butter or lemon.

Red snapper at The Snapper Inn

Sauteed red snapper with Kalamata olives, grape tomatoes,
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

Sauteed red snapper with Kalamata olives, grape tomatoes, lemon butter sauce, herbed risotto and spinach is a fine choice at The Snapper Inn in Oakdale.

Fried calamari at The Snapper Inn

Fried calamari is boosted by hot cherry peppers
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

Fried calamari is boosted by hot cherry peppers and cilantro pesto at The Snapper Inn in Oakdale.

Ahi tuna at The Snapper Inn

Blackened, seared roseate cuts of ahi tuna are
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

Blackened, seared roseate cuts of ahi tuna are served with Asian slaw and pickled ginger at The Snapper Inn in Oakdale.

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