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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 chocolate sauce at I Am Nacho Mama in Hicksville.
Lobster roll at North Fork Table & Inn
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 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, 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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; 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 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 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, 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 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 tuna, salmon, avocado and mango at Tiga in Port Washington.
Smoked tuna tartare at Tiga
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 spicy tuna at Tiga in Port Washington.
Scottish salmon at Tiga
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 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 served at Kitchen Melody in Great Neck.
Three-cup chicken at Kitchen Melody
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 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 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, 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 and cilantro pesto at The Snapper Inn in Oakdale.
Ahi tuna at The Snapper Inn
Blackened, seared roseate cuts of ahi tuna are served with Asian slaw and pickled ginger at The Snapper Inn in Oakdale.