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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.

Roast chicken at Ravello Ristorante

Excellent wood-oven roasted chicken, juicy and tender, is
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Excellent wood-oven roasted chicken, juicy and tender, is spurred by lemon and rosemary at Ravello Ristorante in Huntington.

Stuffed artichoke at Ravello Ristorante

Stuffed artichoke arrives quartered, well-seasoned and sporting the
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Stuffed artichoke arrives quartered, well-seasoned and sporting the tang of melted Gorgonzola cheese at Ravello Ristorante in Huntington.

Beef braciola, sausage and meatball at Ravello Ristorante

Rigatoni supports a generous special of beef braciola,
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Rigatoni supports a generous special of beef braciola, sausage and meatball at Ravello Ristorante in Huntington. It's a dish that's sure to have a following whether it's Sunday or any other day of the week.

Whole branzino at Ravello Ristorante

Whole branzino, roasted with garlic, white wine, lemon,
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Whole branzino, roasted with garlic, white wine, lemon, salt and pepper, leads the school of fish at Ravello Ristorante in Huntington.

Oysters at Pearl

Plump oysters are topped with lemon-Sriracha butter and
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

Plump oysters are topped with lemon-Sriracha butter and grilled until the crust bubbles at Pearl in Island Park.

Pasta with lobster and tomatoes at Pearl

Fresh pasta with lobster and tomatoes gets an
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

Fresh pasta with lobster and tomatoes gets an herbal kick with lots of basil and mint at Pearl in Island Park.

Littleneck clams at Pearl

Lemon-panko-crusted littleneck clams are fried and then served
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

Lemon-panko-crusted littleneck clams are fried and then served on shells at Pearl in Island Park.

Pan-seared arctic char at Pearl

Pan-seared arctic char rests on a bed of
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

Pan-seared arctic char rests on a bed of multicolored cauliflower and purple-cauliflower puree at Pearl in Island Park.

Pulled-pork sliders at Secrets of Flight

Pulled-pork sliders are a very tasty appetizer to
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

Pulled-pork sliders are a very tasty appetizer to share at Secrets of Flight in Port Washington.

Brandade de morue at Secrets of Flight

Brandade de morue -- salt cod, potato, garlic
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

Brandade de morue -- salt cod, potato, garlic and cream -- is on the menu at Secrets of Flight in Port Washington. Enjoy it with the house's good bread and a glass of Chablis or sauvignon blanc.

Roast chicken at Secrets of Flight

The roast chicken approaches mandatory at Secrets of
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

The roast chicken approaches mandatory at Secrets of Flight in Port Washington. The big bird is enhanced with hearty choucroute, or pickled cabbage, for a hint of Alsace, and stubby, deftly done fingerling potatoes.

Octopus at Secrets of Flight

A tender, gently smoky and meaty grilled limb
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

A tender, gently smoky and meaty grilled limb of octopus, atop shaved fennel and boosted by Moroccan olives and orange supremes, comes together as an excellent Mediterranean mix at Secrets of Flight in Port Washington.

Goat mofongo at Taino's Cafe & Lounge

The goat mofongo is a particular standout at
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

The goat mofongo is a particular standout at Taino's Cafe & Lounge in Coram. It features hunks of goat stewed so long in chicken broth, tomatoes, garlic, onion and herbs that they fall easily from the bone.

Beef empanadas at Taino's Cafe & Lounge

Beef empanadas at Taino's Cafe & Lounge in
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

Beef empanadas at Taino's Cafe & Lounge in Coram are greaseless, thick and hand-crimped dough on the outside, garlic-scented ground meat on the inside.

Perro taino at Taino's Cafe & Lounge

The perro taino, an off-the-wall Colombian-style hot dog,
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

The perro taino, an off-the-wall Colombian-style hot dog, features a taut, snappy hot dog in a crackling fold of grilled bread, smothered in crispy plantains, coleslaw and a mayo-ketchup "pink" sauce at Taino's Cafe & Lounge in Coram.

Pollo yaroa at Taino's Cafe & Lounge

Pollo yaroa is very shareable at Taino's Cafe
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

Pollo yaroa is very shareable at Taino's Cafe & Lounge in Coram. It's an oozy casserole of mashed sweet plantains threaded with chicken, covered in melted mozzarella, and drizzled with a mayo-ketchup "pink sauce"

Jumbo lump crabcakes at River Road

Jumbo lump crabcakes are sparked by pickled corn
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

Jumbo lump crabcakes are sparked by pickled corn relish, a red pepper purée and red mustard greens at River Road in Oyster Bay.

'Tuna Nicoise' at River Road

The Montauk
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

The Montauk "tuna Nicoise" at River Road in Oyster Bay is seared so it's sushi-red at the center, and accented with cured olives, farm greens, and a sliced egg from Goodale Farms in Riverhead.

Shell steak frites at River Road

Shell steak frites shows up exactly as ordered,
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

Shell steak frites shows up exactly as ordered, with husky house fries, at River Road in Oyster Bay.

'Freebird' chicken at River Road

Moist, plump, perfectly grilled
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

Moist, plump, perfectly grilled "freebird" chicken, paired with fingerling potatoes and tender root vegetables, is served at River Road in Oyster Bay.

Burger at Husk & Vine Kitchen & Cocktails

The estimable house burger at Husk & Vine
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

The estimable house burger at Husk & Vine Kitchen & Cocktails in St. James features a seductive Wagyu patty topped with bacon, smoked Cheddar and tomato jam.

Chicken wings at Husk & Vine Kitchen & Cocktails

Bourbon-maple-sriracha chicken wings are intense and addictive at
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

Bourbon-maple-sriracha chicken wings are intense and addictive at Husk & Vine Kitchen & Cocktails in St. James.

Bacon 'candy' at Husk & Vine Kitchen & Cocktails

An order of slab bacon
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

An order of slab bacon "candy" at Husk & Vine Kitchen & Cocktails in St. James features crispy, salty, smoky fingers of house-cured meat, plated into a wedge salad.

Ahi-tuna poke at Husk & Vine Kitchen & Cocktails

The ahi-tuna poke comes with crunchy wisps of
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

The ahi-tuna poke comes with crunchy wisps of bell pepper, onion and cabbage in a light sesame dressing with creamy-tropical assists from mango, avocado and tobiko at Husk & Vine Kitchen & Cocktails in St. James.

Toofani aloo at Kababjees

Toofani aloo, like a crispy potato slinky, is
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

Toofani aloo, like a crispy potato slinky, is an eye-catching dish at Kababjees in Hicksville.

Chicken cheese kebab at Kababjees

Don't miss the chicken cheese kebab at Kababjees
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

Don't miss the chicken cheese kebab at Kababjees in Hicksville, where the ground chicken is mixed with cheese. It doesn't add a lot of flavor, but rather a silken texture.

Chicken karahi at Kababjees

Chicken karahi is intensely savory -- though not
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

Chicken karahi is intensely savory -- though not terribly spicy-- at Kababjees in Hicksville.

Aloo naan at Kababjees

Aloo naan, a bread stuffed with seasoned mashed
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

Aloo naan, a bread stuffed with seasoned mashed potatoes, is served at Kababjees in Hicksville.

Bihari chutney roll at Kababjees

The Bihari chutney roll at Kababjees in Hicksville
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

The Bihari chutney roll at Kababjees in Hicksville features grilled chicken, red onions and a spicy-sweet chutney.

Sooji halwa at Kababjees

Sooji halwa (sweetened semolina) is a tasty, soothing
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

Sooji halwa (sweetened semolina) is a tasty, soothing dessert at Kababjees in Hicksville.

Pappardelle Bolognese at Prime 1024

Savory pappardelle Bolognese, with a ragu made from
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

Savory pappardelle Bolognese, with a ragu made from baby back ribs, is served at Prime 1024 in Roslyn.

Tomahawk rib steak for two at Prime 1024

The 40-ounce tomahawk rib steak for two is
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

The 40-ounce tomahawk rib steak for two is a juicy showstopper at Prime 1024 in Roslyn.

Grilled swordfish at Prime 1024

The excellent grilled swordfish is sauced with tomato
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

The excellent grilled swordfish is sauced with tomato and a hint of capers and olives at Prime 1024 in Roslyn.

Onion soup at Prime 1024

The stirring, fortifying, handsomely presented onion soup gratiné
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

The stirring, fortifying, handsomely presented onion soup gratiné is a bracing, wintertime staple, served under a mantle of melted cheese at Prime 1024 in Roslyn.

Hot pots at Xiao Si Chuan

A hot pot with rolled beef and lamb,
Photo Credit: Raychel Brightman

A hot pot with rolled beef and lamb, lettuce, greens, mushrooms, shrimp and tofu is served at Xiao Si Chuan in Setauket.

'Yibin burning' noodles at Xiao Si Chuan

The
Photo Credit: Raychel Brightman

The "Yibin burning" noodles, topped with fermented beans, peanuts and crispy garlic, are powerfully flavorful at Xiao Si Chuan in Setauket.

Stir-fried eggplant at Xiao Si Chuan

Stir-fried eggplant is served in a garlicky, cardamom-laced
Photo Credit: Raychel Brightman

Stir-fried eggplant is served in a garlicky, cardamom-laced brown sauce at Xiao Si Chuan in Setauket.

Cumin lamb at Xiao Si Chuan

The especially fantastic cumin lamb pulses with heat,
Photo Credit: Raychel Brightman

The especially fantastic cumin lamb pulses with heat, as well as cumin, cardamom and other spices at Xiao Si Chuan in Setauket.

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