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.
'Chicken Parm pizza' at Viaggio Italian Chop House
The hefty "chicken Parm pizza" at Viaggio Italian Chop House in Rockville Centre is more Parm than pie: a round construct of breaded chicken with marinara and snippets of basil, under a layer of melted mozzarella, all crust-free. Not what you'd expect, but tasty for two or more.
'Sunday Sauce' at Viaggio Italian Chop House
Savory "Sunday sauce" at Viaggio Italian Chop House in Rockville Centre features braciola, meatball and sausage atop rigatoni.
Arancini at Viaggio Italian Chop House
Arancini, or rice balls, finished with a tasty tomato sauce, are generous and flavorful and at Viaggio Italian Chop House in Rockville Centre.
Short ribs at Viaggio Italian Chop House
Savory and very tender braised short ribs are paired with triangles of polenta and vegetables at Viaggio Italian Chop House in Rockville Centre.
Duck ramen at Stirling Sake
Duck ramen at Stirling Sake in Greenport is built with yuzu broth and smoked local duck breast.
Kaburamaki at Stirling Sake
Kaburamaki, slivers of salmon, shiso leaves and avocado wrapped in paper-thin turnips and dotted with spicy miso sauce, is a refreshing jumping-off point at Stirling Sake in Greenport.
Sushi deluxe at Stirling Sake
The sushi deluxe combines seven pieces, including one heaped with salmon roe, plus a dainty tuna roll, ribbons of ginger and wasabi that packs a wallop at Stirling Sake in Greenport.
Tonkotsu pork ramen at Stirling Sake
Tonkotsu pork ramen at Stirling Sake in Greenport features grass-fed pork collar from Cutchogue's 8 Hands Farm in a milky, opaque, kotteri-style broth.
Ankimo at Stirling Sake
Ankimo, a monkfish liver pate, comes in a puddle of ponzu at Stirling Sake in Greenport.
Lamb chops at Vilai
Juicy lamb rib chops are perfumed with garlic and rosemary at Vilai in Glen Cove.
Whole grilled red snapper at Vilai
Whole grilled red snapper for two at Vilai in Glen Cove is perfect with moist, snow-white meat and just the right amount of char on the crisp skin.
'Petit mousaka' at Vilai
The "petit mousaka" at Vilai in Glen Cove features a cinnamon-scented ragout of beef and eggplant baked under a thick layer of béchamel sauce.
'Greek salad' at Vilai
The "Greek salad" at Vilai in Glen Cove is made up of ripe tomatoes, sliced Persian cucumbers, olives, sliced onion and a big raft of feta cheese.
Soup dumplings at Master Chef
Steamed, Shanghai-style soup dumplings are filled with pork and savory broth at Master Chef in Syosset.
Sea bass at Master Chef
Whole, crisp sea bass in Hunan sauce is sweet, tart and spicy, without overwhelming the fish, at Master Chef in Syosset.
Steamed pork buns at Master Chef
Tender, slightly sweet Taiwanese steamed pork buns, finished with cilantro and crushed peanuts, are a fine starter at Master Chef in Syosset.
Beijing duck at Master Chef
At Master Chef in Syosset, the big number is Beijing duck, with lacquered skin, tender meat, just enough scallion, cucumber, and hoisin sauce, wrapped in thin, housemade pancakes. Immediately, this Long Island duck becomes one of the region's best.
Paccheri alla piselli at Puglia's Italian Steakhouse
At Puglia's Italian Steakhouse in Seaford, go for the paccheri alla piselli, a tubular pasta from Campania that's similar to XL rigatoni, tossed with pancetta, peas and shiitakes, in a velvety pink sauce.
New York strip steak at Puglia's Italian Steakhouse
The 16-ounce New York strip steak is among the first-class cuts of beef at Puglia's Italian Steakhouse in Seaford.
Eggplant rollatini at Puglia's Italian Steakhouse
Eggplant rollatini is excellent at Puglia's Italian Steakhouse in Seaford.
Flounder oreganata at Puglia's Italian Steakhouse
Flounder oreganata is light, fresh and expertly sautéed at Puglia's Italian Steakhouse in Seaford.
Tandoori chicken at Lazzat
Wonderfully succulent tandoori chicken is served on a cast-iron skillet at Lazzat in Wantagh.
Aloo gobhi at Lazzat
Aloo gobhi, a clean and fresh stir-fry of spiced, tender cauliflower, is a good choice for vegetarians at Lazzat in Wantagh.
Achar gosht at Lazzat
Achar gosht, goat or lamb cooked with fennel and onion seed and showered with fresh cilantro, is served at Lazzat in Wantagh.
Aloo tikki at Lazzat
Aloo tikki, savory herbed mashed-potato pancakes, are served with a tamarind sauce at Lazzat in Wantagh.
Curried chicken and rice soup at Mosaic
Curried chicken and rice soup with garbanzo beans, grilled grape, peas, almond and blue cheese is served at Mosaic in St. James.
Strip steak at Mosaic
Strip steak with dill roasted potatoes, lemon-marinated zucchini, brined tomato, feta and balsamic is served at Mosaic in St. James.
Chicken fried pork at Mosaic
Chicken fried pork is served over Rueben stuffing with romaine lettuce, horseradish cream, sweet mustard, pastrami spices and sage at Mosaic in St. James.
Hamachi crudo at Mosaic
Hamachi crudo with miso tostada, peanut creamed cucumber, yuzu-iceberg kimchi and nasturtium flower is served at Mosaic in St. James.
Desserts at Mosaic
Chocolate panacotta with Grand Marnier cream and pistachio pretzel; cobbler with banana, mango and blueberry, topped with white chocolate cobbler crumbs and vanilla ice cream; and a brown butter pumpkin cake topped with raspberry icing are served at Mosaic in St. James.
The 'Boo Bees' at Mosaic
The "Boo Bees" cocktail at Mosaic in St. James, made with chartreuse, vodka, lime juice and house made grenadine, was created by server Joshua DeSousa in honor of his wife overcoming breast cancer.
'Prato burrato' pizza at Prato 850
The "Prato burrato" pizza at Prato 850 in Commack is a playful, slightly sweet and diverting pie capped with burrata, hot honey and roasted pistachios.
Steak frites at Prato 850
Steak frites at Prato 850 in Commack features juicy, marinated skirt steak served with Cotija cheese truffle fries.
Fried calamari at Prato 850
Prato 850 in Commack serves fried calamari tossed with a sweet chili sauce and toasted peanuts.
Spaghetti at Prato 850
Spaghetti in a spicy, garlicky red sauce is balanced with whipped ricotta at Prato 850 in Commack.
Falafel at Avli the Little Greek Kitchen
Falafel, whose crisp edges shatter to soft, herbed-up innards, is superb at Avli the Little Greek Kitchen in North Bellmore. Slathered with tahini and served in a pita, it makes for one of the best falafel sandwiches around.
Skirt steak at Avli the Little Greek Kitchen
Skirt steak is soaked in peppery marinade, seared to perfection and served with herb-dusted lemon potatoes at Avli the Little Greek Kitchen in North Bellmore.
Garides sti skara at Avli the Little Greek Kitchen
Garides sti skara -- bronzed shrimp cooked in their shells with olive oil, white wine and paprika -- are like zesty sea candy at Avli the Little Greek Kitchen in North Bellmore.
Kopanisti at Avli the Little Greek Kitchen
Kopanisti, a whip of feta, roasted red pepper and jalapeño, is prickling with heat at Avli the Little Greek Kitchen in North Bellmore.
Penne alla vecchia bettola at Nick & Toni's
Penne alla vecchia bettola arrives in a vivid, spicy, oven-roasted tomato sauce at Nick & Toni's in East Hampton.
Striped bass crudo at Nick & Toni's
Striped bass crudo with salsa verde is a glistening, subtle opener at Nick & Toni's in East Hampton.
Whole black sea bass at Nick & Toni's
Whole, oven-roasted, local black sea bass is served with savory caponata at Nick & Toni's in East Hampton.
Bomboloni at Nick & Toni's
Bomboloni, or Italianate doughnuts, with marshmallow, lemon ganache and graham-cracker gelato, are exceptional at Nick & Toni's in East Hampton.
Burger at The Craft House
The Craft House in Freeport's messy get-in-your-mouth burger is topped with Cheddar, mustard and barely sweet bacon jam. Ask for the duck fat fries on the side.
Nicoise salad at The Craft House
This clever riff on a Nicoise salad that subs rosy-pink duck breast for tuna is an enticing autumn switcheroo at The Craft House in Freeport.
Fish and chips at The Craft House
Fish and chips made with cod and thick slices of potato, good for soaking in vinegar, is a fantastic dish at The Craft House in Freeport.
Bacon flight at The Craft House
A flight of house-cured bacon comes with brew cheese and very pungent mustard at The Craft House in Freeport.