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.
Signature burger at Blue Goose Craft Kitchen and Cocktails
The Goose Signature burger is topped with stilton cheese, sweet onion jam and crisp foie gras, and served on a toasted brioche bun with fries and a pickle at Blue Goose Craft Kitchen and Cocktails in Patchogue.
Pork chop at Blue Goose Craft Kitchen and Cocktails
A hickory smoked pork chop is dressed with a bourbon-infused cherry glaze and served over butternut squash, apple mash and crispy fried Brussels sprouts at Blue Goose Craft Kitchen and Cocktails in Patchogue.
Monkfish filet at Blue Goose Craft Kitchen and Cocktails
The best of the main courses at Blue Goose Craft Kitchen and Cocktails in Patchogue is the monkfish filet served over perfectly cooked couscous threaded with red peppers and baby carrots.
Oysters Rockefeller at Blue Goose Craft Kitchen and Cocktails
Oysters Rockefeller, melty bomblets of oyster meat, bacon, spinach and Parmesan, is served at Blue Goose Craft Kitchen and Cocktails in Patchogue.
'Popcorn' chicken at Streats Food + Drink
Nibble on crisp, honey-glazed "popcorn" chicken, accompanied by respectable coleslaw, at Streats Food + Drink in Cedarhurst.
Cubano sandwich at Streats Food + Drink
Streats Food + Drink in Cedarhurst creatively fashions a kosher version of the Cubano, in a tasty tour de force that's dubbed the restaurant's "signature sandwich." It's made with chicken, pickles, mustard and vegan "cheese," on toasted bread, and surprises with each bite.
Shakshuka at Streats Food + Drink
Shakshuka, a colorful tomato-fueled stew with eggs, gets a boost from harissa and cilantro, plus more shishitos at Streats Food + Drink in Cedarhurst.
Market Plate at Streats Food + Drink
The Market Plate at Streats Food + Drink in Cedarhurst features well-seasoned rotisserie chicken served over rice with a salad and Yukon Gold mashed potatoes.
Wine-braised beets at NoCo Kitchen Wine and Cocktails
Wine-braised beets are set on whipped ricotta, with mache, grapefruit and pine nuts at NoCo Kitchen Wine and Cocktails in St. James.
Duck breast and leg confit at NoCo Kitchen Wine and Cocktails
Seared duck breast and leg confit are deftly enriched by chanterelle risotto and a red wine-blackberry reduction at NoCo Kitchen Wine and Cocktails in St. James.
Creekstone Farm strip steak at NoCo Kitchen Wine and Cocktails
The juicy, Creekstone Farm strip steak arrives on potatoes, accented with roasted heirloom carrots and arugula at NoCo Kitchen Wine and Cocktails in St. James.
Semolina gnocchi at NoCo Kitchen Wine and Cocktails
Airy, lush semolina gnocchi are enriched with chanterelles, English peas, pickled shallots and a hint of truffle at NoCo Kitchen Wine and Cocktails in St. James.
Skirt-steak tacos at Avo Taco
Diametrically opposed but equally tasty at Avo Taco in New Hyde Park are the succulent skirt-steak tacos: One slathered in chimichurri, and another dosed with melted blue cheese and crispy onions.
The Rastaman and the Ami Shroomer at Avo Taco
The Ami Shroomer, with crispy onions and deeply concentrated mushrooms, and the Rastaman (front) with lightly breaded and fried avocado slices, corn salsa, a touch of sweetish slaw and crema, exemplify how veggie-based tacos can rival and sometimes eclipse their meatier cousins at Avo Taco in New Hyde Park.
Tuna Montezuma bowl at Avo Taco
A tuna Montezuma bowl brings together ahi tuna and mango salsa over quinoa and greens at Avo Taco in New Hyde Park.
Guacamole with corn salsa at Avo Taco
Guacamole with corn salsa is one of at least eight variations served at Avo Taco in New Hyde Park.
Orecchiette Pugliesi at Dodici
Orecchiette Pugliesi, featuring ear-shaped pasta, sausage and broccoli rabe, is the clear winner among pasta dishes at Dodici in Rockville Centre.
Arancino at Dodici
Arancino at Dodici in Rockville Centre features lightly bound rice, and a molten center of ground veal, ricotta and sweet peas.
Fagioli bianchi at Dodici
Fagioli bianchi, a white-bean soup, is enriched with escarole and croutons at Dodici in Rockville Centre.
Maiale Milanese at Dodici
The standout Maiale Milanese at Dodici in Rockville Centre features a bone-in pork cutlet topped with mozzarella and broccoli rabe.
Steakhouse burger at LongHorn Steakhouse
The steakhouse burger, capped with the melted cheese of your choice and applewood-smoked bacon, is savory and juicy at LongHorn Steakhouse in Farmingdale.
'Wild west shrimp' at LongHorn Steakhouse
"Wild west shrimp," sparked with spicy cherry peppers and cooled off with ranch dip, is an opener worth sharing at LongHorn Steakhouse in Farmingdale.
LongHorn porterhouse steak at LongHorn Steakhouse
The LongHorn porterhouse steak weighs in at 22 ounces at LongHorn Steakhouse in Farmingdale.
Baby back ribs at LongHorn Steakhouse
Baby back ribs are amply sauced and both tangy and sweet at LongHorn Steakhouse in Farmingdale.
Harrison burger at The Harrison
The double-stacked Harrison burger comes with melted American cheese, tomato, pickles and iceberg lettuce at The Harrison in Floral Park.
Tuna tartare 'tacos' at The Harrison
Clever tuna tartare "tacos" are made with avocado and wasabi aioli at The Harrison in Floral Park.
Organic rotisserie chicken at The Harrison
Organic rotisserie chicken, spit-roasted until burnished and coppery, is moist and satisfying at The Harrison in Floral Park.
Roasted beets & baby organic kale salad at The Harrison
A salad of roasted beets and baby organic kale is topped with crisp warm goat cheese, candied walnuts and truffle vinaigrette at The Harrison in Floral Park.
Lasagna rustica at Pietro Cucina Italiana
Our favorite pasta at Pietro Cucina Italiana in St. James is the lasagna rustica, whose noodles, sauce, cheeses and slivered chestnuts are fused together into a hot mess of winter solace.
Baby goat at Pietro Cucina Italiana
Crispy baby goat over roasted potatoes is a succulent and refreshing diversion from lamb at Pietro Cucina Italiana in St. James.
Cod fish at Pietro Cucina Italiana
At Pietro Cucina Italiana in St. James, marinated cod fish is served beneath insalata di finocchio, cut with oranges, showered with crushed almonds and as invigorating a winter salad as it gets.
Polpo alla Galiziana at Pietro Cucina Italiana
Polpo alla Galiziana, broiled octopus served with potatoes, black olives, smoked paprika, sea salt and extra virgin olive oil, is served at Pietro Cucina Italiana in St. James.
Grilled baby lamb chops at Parea Restaurant & Snack Bar
Juicy, tender and well-seasoned grilled baby lamb chops stand out at Parea Restaurant & Snack Bar in Huntington.
Moussaka at Parea Restaurant & Snack Bar
Moussaka, aromatic and satisfying, will brace you for a chilly night, with a savory layering of eggplant, ground beef, potato and béchamel at Parea Restaurant & Snack Bar in Huntington.
Grilled octopus at Parea Restaurant & Snack Bar
Tender, grilled octopus highlights the appetizers at Parea Restaurant & Snack Bar in Huntington.
Flounder at Parea Restaurant & Snack Bar
Broiled, whole flounder is served at Parea Restaurant & Snack Bar in Huntington.
Rotisserie chicken combo No. 2 at El Encanto
The rotisserie chicken combo No. 2 comes with a whole chicken, fries, yellow rice, beans and a salad at El Encanto in Mineola.
Lomo saltado at El Encanto
Lomo saltado, a sort of stir-fry of very tender beef with onions and tomatoes, is served over a big pile of fries at El Encanto in Mineola.
Papa a la Huancaina at El Encanto
Papa a la Huancaina at El Encanto in Mineola features a golden sauce of aji amarillo peppers and fresh cheese draped over slices of boiled potatoes.
Ceviche de pescado at El Encanto
El Encanto in Mineola serves a generous and respectable ceviche, citrus-cured white fish garnished with red onion, boiled field corn and seaweed.
Creamy mentai udon at Shoshaku
Creamy mentai udon, slathered in butter and mayo and laced with cod roe (mentaiku), is a comfort-food daydream made real at Shoshaku in Great Neck.
'Misty beef' at Shoshaku
"Misty beef" at Shoshaku in Great Neck arrives in a smoke-filled dome that's lifted dramatically to reveal tender cubes of beef filet whose haunting flavors are enhanced by a simple sprig of rosemary.
Sashimi sampler at Shoshaku
At Shoshaku in Great Neck, Japanese fish is flown in weekly and served as sashimi. This sampler includes kuromutsu, mejina and sagoshi.
Grilled mackerel at Shoshaku
Smoky, opulent grilled mackerel comes as part of a teishoku dinner set with soup, pickles, salad and rice at Shoshaku in Great Neck.