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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 alla bava at Bella Vie

The gnocchi, the size of bay scallops, are
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

The gnocchi, the size of bay scallops, are light, airy, perfect, finished with a creamy cheese sauce that's enriched with strands of caramelized onion and tiny shavings of black truffle at Bella Vie in Bay Shore.

Eggplant caponata at Bella Vie

Eggplant caponata served atop crostini is a savory,
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Eggplant caponata served atop crostini is a savory, sweet-tart appetizer at Bella Vie in Bay Shore.

Duck duo at Bella Vie

The duck duo features sliced duck breast and
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The duck duo features sliced duck breast and confit of leg, with sweet potato puree and escarole, at Bella Vie in Bay Shore.

Striped bass in cartoccio at Bella Vie

Striped bass in cartoccio, or cooked in parchment
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Striped bass in cartoccio, or cooked in parchment with white wine sauce, porcini, parsley and garlic, leads the few seafood selections at Bella Vie in Bay Shore.

Nashville hot chicken at Bucket List

Nashville hot chicken, a spicy, crispy-fried drumstick and
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Nashville hot chicken, a spicy, crispy-fried drumstick and thigh served over white bread, at Bucket List in Rockville Centre.

Nachos bucket starter at Bucket List

The nachos bucket starter at Bucket List in
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

The nachos bucket starter at Bucket List in Rockville Centre combines tortilla chips with pulled chicken, barbecue sauce, melted cheese and sour cream.

Fried pickles at Bucket List

Fried pickles ride in on the Ferris Wheel
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Fried pickles ride in on the Ferris Wheel sampler at Bucket List in Rockville Centre.

Fried cornbread bites at Bucket List

Fried cornbread bites are also on the Ferris
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Fried cornbread bites are also on the Ferris Wheel sampler at Bucket List in Rockville Centre.

Mac-and-cheese doughnuts at Bucket List

Fried doughnuts made of macaroni and cheese are
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Fried doughnuts made of macaroni and cheese are served oozy on the inside, crisp and brown on the outside, and with cheese sauce at Bucket List in Rockville Centre.

Funnel-cake fries at Bucket List

Funnel-cake fries are among dessert items on the
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Funnel-cake fries are among dessert items on the Ferris Wheel sampler at Bucket List in Rockville Centre.

Ice cream floats at Bucket List

Ice cream floats made with Boylan's black-cherry soda
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Ice cream floats made with Boylan's black-cherry soda and root beer are served in Mason jars at Bucket List in Rockville Centre.

Charcuterie board at Barn Door 49

A charcuterie board combines artisanal cheeses and cured
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

A charcuterie board combines artisanal cheeses and cured meats, plus jam, honey, toasted bread, grapes and walnuts at Barn Door 49 in Bay Shore.

Local striped bass at Barn Door 49

Local striped bass draped across a thyme-laced ragout
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Local striped bass draped across a thyme-laced ragout of cannellini beans is a showstopping entree at Barn Door 49 in Bay Shore.

Pork belly at Barn Door 49

Crisp pork belly with braised cabbage and grilled
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

Crisp pork belly with braised cabbage and grilled peach jam delivers pops of sweet and sour at Barn Door 49 in Bay Shore.

Cherry cheesecake at Barn Door 49

A layered cherry cheesecake arrives in a Mason
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

A layered cherry cheesecake arrives in a Mason jar at Barn Door 49 in Bay Shore.

'No Sleep Til' cocktail at Barn Door 49

The refreshing
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

The refreshing "No Sleep Til" cocktail combines gin, citrus. muddled herbs and lemongrass kombucha at Barn Door 49 in Bay Shore.

Nicoise salad at Maison Vivienne

The Nicoise salad is enriched with a generous
Photo Credit: Gordon M. Grant

The Nicoise salad is enriched with a generous cut of yellowfin tuna at Maison Vivienne in Southampton.

Pissaladiere at Maison Vivienne

Pissaladiere is a flavor-packed appetizer, vivid with delectably
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Pissaladiere is a flavor-packed appetizer, vivid with delectably fresh anchovies, caramelized onions and olives at Maison Vivienne in Southampton.

Duck breast at Maison Vivienne

Generous, rosy, honey-lavender glazed duck breast with a
Photo Credit: Gordon M. Grant

Generous, rosy, honey-lavender glazed duck breast with a puree of sunchoke and sherry-roasted figs is a memorable main course at Maison Vivienne in Southampton.

Pan-seared branzino at Maison Vivienne

Pan-seared branzino is accompanied by olive oil-potato mash
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Pan-seared branzino is accompanied by olive oil-potato mash and confit of fennel at Maison Vivienne in Southampton.

Steamed lobster at Claudio's

Steamed lobster is a longtime specialty at Claudio's
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Steamed lobster is a longtime specialty at Claudio's in Greenport.

Lobster salad roll at Claudio's

The lobster salad roll at Claudio's in Greenport
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The lobster salad roll at Claudio's in Greenport is worth having.

North Fork oysters at Claudio's

Claudio's in Greenport serves North Fork oysters that
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

Claudio's in Greenport serves North Fork oysters that are briny-sweet.

Crab claws, lobster and shrimp at Claudio's

Crab claws, lobster and shrimp are dewy fresh
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Crab claws, lobster and shrimp are dewy fresh and served with cocktail sauce at Claudio's in Greenport.

Baked clams at Claudio's

The savory baked clams come with a lemon
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The savory baked clams come with a lemon slice at Claudio's in Greenport.

Grilled giant shrimp at Bunker Hill American Taproom

The belle of the main courses at Bunker
Photo Credit: Linda Rosier

The belle of the main courses at Bunker Hill American Taproom in Wantagh is this bowl of grilled giant shrimp spooned onto some manchego-laced grits, then punched up with a mince of tomatoes and bacon -- kind of Southern, kind of Italian, very restorative.

Smoked-sausage corn dogs at Bunker Hill American Taproom

The kitchen's clever take on corn dogs --
Photo Credit: Linda Rosier

The kitchen's clever take on corn dogs -- smoked sausage encased in crunchy, golden cornmeal batter, and served with a formidable mustard -- aims straight for your inner child and is a don't-miss dish at Bunker Hill American Taproom in Wantagh.

Blackberry-bacon melt at Bunker Hill American Taproom

The blackberry-bacon melt at Bunker Hill American Taproom in
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The blackberry-bacon melt at Bunker Hill American Taproom in Wantagh is a drippy creation that marries bacon, melted havarti and a layer of blackberry jam on buttery toast with a few slivers of jalapeño.

Bavarian pretzel at Bunker Hill American Taproom

A giant Bavarian pretzel arrives hanging from a
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A giant Bavarian pretzel arrives hanging from a hook, with both cheddar-ale sauce and spicy mustard, at Bunker Hill American Taproom in Wantagh.

Garides kataifi at Oniro Taverna

Garides kataifi, jumbo shrimp wrapped in shredded phyllo,
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Garides kataifi, jumbo shrimp wrapped in shredded phyllo, is served over yogurt scallion sauce at Oniro Taverna in Woodbury.

Tuna crusted with sesame seeds at Oniro Taverna

Pan-seared tuna crusted with sesame seeds is served
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Pan-seared tuna crusted with sesame seeds is served with sautéed spinach and wasabi aioli at Oniro Taverna in Woodbury.

Kolokithakia Tiganita at Oniro Taverna

Kolokithakia Tiganita is a tower of thin sliced
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Kolokithakia Tiganita is a tower of thin sliced zucchini, yellow squash and eggplant chips served with tzatziki at Oniro Taverna in Woodbury.

Spanikopita at Oniro Taverna

Spanikopita with barrel-aged feta is sprinkled with sesame
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Spanikopita with barrel-aged feta is sprinkled with sesame seeds at Oniro Taverna in Woodbury.

Tortino di polpo e patate at Il Vecchio Forno

Tortino di polpo e patate, or marinated octopus
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Tortino di polpo e patate, or marinated octopus and potatoes, is plated with vinaigrette at Il Vecchio Forno in Huntington.

Misto Marinato at Il Vecchio Forno

Misto Marinato (an appetizer of marinated tuna, salmon,
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Misto Marinato (an appetizer of marinated tuna, salmon, swordfish and anchovies) comes with house-baked bread at Il Vecchio Forno in Huntington.

Half-meter pizza at Il Vecchio Forno

Pizza at Il Vecchio Forno in Huntington features tasty
Photo Credit: Alessandro Vecchi

Pizza at Il Vecchio Forno in Huntington features tasty dough: chewy, edged with char marks from the wood-fired oven, and when at its best, crisp along the bottom.

Bread at Il Vecchio Forno

Crusty loaves of bread are baked on the
Photo Credit: Alessandro Vecchi

Crusty loaves of bread are baked on the premises at Il Vecchio Forno in Huntington.

Prosciutto di Parma with mozzarella di bufala at Il Vecchio Forno

At Il Vecchio Forno in Huntington, the owners import
Photo Credit: Alessandro Vecchi

At Il Vecchio Forno in Huntington, the owners import Italian foods through a wholesale company, making antipasti a must. Here, an appetizer of prosciutto di Parma with mozzarella di bufala.

Sticky icky wings at MB Ramen

Sticky icky wings are tossed with Korean barbecue
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Sticky icky wings are tossed with Korean barbecue sauce and paired with shiso ranch dressing at MB Ramen in Huntington.

Bao buns at MB Ramen

Bao buns at MB Ramen in Huntington are filled
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Bao buns at MB Ramen in Huntington are filled with crispy jackfruit, slow-cooked pork belly and crispy shrimp cake.

Miso ramen at MB Ramen

The unorthodox fumet miso ramen is made with
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

The unorthodox fumet miso ramen is made with a seafood broth and topped with salmon sashimi, salmon roe and bonito flake at MB Ramen in Huntington.

MB Ramen at MB Ramen

The MB Ramen, chef Marc Bynum's take on
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

The MB Ramen, chef Marc Bynum's take on velvety tonkotsu broth, is a rich, worthy complement to the well-sourced noodles. It's draped with melt-on-your-tongue slices of pork belly at MB Ramen in Huntington.

Red snapper at Finley's Seafood

Florida red snapper with vanilla rum butter and
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Florida red snapper with vanilla rum butter and plantains is lean, firm and slightly sweet at Finley's Seafood in Huntington.

Oysters at Finley's Seafood

Oysters, from local bluepoints to Washington Kumamotos, are
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Oysters, from local bluepoints to Washington Kumamotos, are briny, sweet starters at Finley's Seafood in Huntington.

North Atlantic fish and chips at Finley's Seafood

North Atlantic fish and chips, made with cod
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North Atlantic fish and chips, made with cod and tempura-battered, is served at Finley's Seafood in Huntington.

Wasabi pea-crusted seared tuna at Finley's Seafood

Wasabi pea-crusted seared tuna -- rare, velvety and
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Wasabi pea-crusted seared tuna -- rare, velvety and neatly sliced -- is flanked by a slick of red pepper hummus and a coulis of piquillo pepper at Finley's Seafood in Huntington.

Lobster salad roll at Finley's Seafood

The lobster salad roll, with lemony mayo, is
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

The lobster salad roll, with lemony mayo, is served with Old Bay potato chips at Finley's Seafood in Huntington.

'Smokehouse mac & cheese lasagna' at Dang BBQ

The
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

The "smokehouse mac & cheese lasagna" at Dang BBQ in Islip, is served in a hot skillet. It boasts layers of lasagna noodles stuffed with macaroni and cheese and pulled pork, and topped with bacon.

Aporkalypse Now 2.0 at Dang BBQ

At Dang BBQ in Islip, the Aporkalypse Now 2.0
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At Dang BBQ in Islip, the Aporkalypse Now 2.0 is a burrito stuffed with pulled pork, sausage, bacon, onion rings, both cheese and barbecue sauces, and French fries.

Texas beef brisket plate at Dang BBQ

Along with silky, smoked brisket, the Texas beef
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Along with silky, smoked brisket, the Texas beef brisket plate at Dang BBQ in Islip comes with a corn muffin and choice of two sides, here, mac and cheese and coleslaw.

BBQ brisket salad at Dang BBQ

Brisket is featured, along with chopped romaine, bacon,
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Brisket is featured, along with chopped romaine, bacon, Cheddar and fried onions, in the BBQ brisket salad at Dang BBQ in Islip.

Berkshire pork chop at Piccolo Mondo

The thick, juicy, brined Berkshire pork chop gets
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

The thick, juicy, brined Berkshire pork chop gets a welcome jolt from cherry pepper jus, plus roasted peppers, caramelized onions, fingerling potatoes and baby artichokes at Piccolo Mondo in Huntington.

'Tomahawk' veal chop Parmesan at Piccolo Mondo

The 16-ounce
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The 16-ounce "Tomahawk" veal chop Parmigiana, pounded thin and expanding almost beyond the plate's borders, is a grand affair, generous with cheese and fruity tomato sauce at Piccolo Mondo in Huntington.

Pappardelle alla Bolognese at Piccolo Mondo

Pappardelle alla Bolognese arrives in a creamy, rich
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Pappardelle alla Bolognese arrives in a creamy, rich veal ragu at Piccolo Mondo in Huntington.

Baked littleneck clams at Piccolo Mondo

Light and appetizing baked littlenecks are finished with
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Light and appetizing baked littlenecks are finished with garlic and flavorful breadcrumbs at Piccolo Mondo in Huntington.

Pan-seared Alaskan halibut at Piccolo Mondo

Pan-seared Alaskan halibut is served with grilled local
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Pan-seared Alaskan halibut is served with grilled local corn, sweet potato and couscous at Piccolo Mondo in Huntington.

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