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
The wood-burning oven is the source of an excellent roast chicken, juicy and tender, spurred by lemon and rosemary at Ravello Ristorante in Huntington.
Stuffed artichoke at Ravello Ristorante
The stuffed artichoke appetizer brings a taste of spring at Ravello Ristorante in Huntington. It arrives quartered, well-seasoned and sporting the tang of melted Gorgonzola cheese.
Rigatoni with beef braciola, sausage and meatball at Ravello Ristorante
Rigatoni is the pasta supporting a generous special of beef braciola, sausage and meatball, a dish sure to have a following whether it's Sunday or any other day of the week at Ravello Ristorante in Huntington.
Whole branzino at Ravello Ristorante
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 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 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 on shells at Pearl in Island Park.
Pan-seared arctic char at Pearl
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 share at Secrets of Flight in Port Washington.
Brandade de morue at Secrets of Flight
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 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 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 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 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, 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 & 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 relish, a red pepper purée and red mustard greens at River Road in Oyster Bay.
'Tuna Nicoise' at River Road
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, with husky house fries, at River Road in Oyster Bay.
'Freebird' chicken at River Road
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 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 Husk & Vine Kitchen & Cocktails in St. James.
Bacon 'candy' at Husk & Vine Kitchen & Cocktails
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 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 an eye-catching dish at Kababjees in Hicksville.
Chicken cheese kebab at Kababjees
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 terribly spicy-- at Kababjees in Hicksville.
Aloo naan at Kababjees
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 features grilled chicken, red onions and a spicy-sweet chutney.
Sooji halwa at Kababjees
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 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 a juicy showstopper at Prime 1024 in Roslyn.
Grilled swordfish at Prime 1024
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 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, lettuce, greens, mushrooms, shrimp and tofu is served at Xiao Si Chuan in Setauket.
'Yibin burning' noodles at Xiao Si Chuan
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 brown sauce at Xiao Si Chuan in Setauket.
Cumin lamb at Xiao Si Chuan
The especially fantastic cumin lamb pulses with heat, as well as cumin, cardamom and other spices at Xiao Si Chuan in Setauket.