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.
Seafood paella at Meritage Wine Bar
The well-made, aromatic seafood paella at Meritage Wine Bar in Glen Cove includes shellfish, squid and chorizo sausage.
Meatballs in tomato ragu at Meritage Wine Bar
A savory small plate of meatballs in tomato ragu is finished with pecorino Romano cheese and accompanied by toasted bread at Meritage Wine Bar in Glen Cove.
Mixed grill at Meritage Wine Bar
The mixed grill at Meritage Wine Bar in Glen Cove offers sliced filet mignon, chicken and chorizo sausage atop asparagus and fingerling potatoes.
Double-cut pork chop at Meritage Wine Bar
The double-cut pork chop highlights the satisfying large plates at Meritage Wine Bar in Glen Cove.
Cauliflower 'steak' at Meritage Wine Bar
The cauliflower "steak" is enhanced with asparagus and a puree of butternut squash at Meritage Wine Bar in Glen Cove.
'Tomahawk chop' at Doma Land + Sea
The 42-oz., "Tomahawk chop," or rib-eye for two, is a juicy, flavorful main course at Doma Land + Sea in Cedarhurst.
Barbacoa beef-brisket tacos at Doma Land + Sea
Barbacoa beef-brisket tacos are accented with jalapeno, pickled red onion, lime and cilantro at Doma Land + Sea in Cedarhurst.
The 'painter's plate' at Doma Land + Sea
The "painter's plate" at Doma Land + Sea in Cedarhurst is an artful arrangement centered on yellowfin tuna tartare, with mango relish, avocado and taro chips.
Fried red snapper at Doma Land + Sea
Crisp, fried red snapper is served with a julienne of vegetables and a sweet-chile coulis at Doma Land + Sea in Cedarhurst.
Apple tortada at Doma Land + Sea
The apple tortada at Doma Land + Sea in Cedarhurst, capped with vanilla ice cream, arrives under a delicate, caramel dome.
Pollada at La Vicharra Gril
Only the dark meat is used for pollada, Peruvian style fried chicken, at La Vicharra Grill in Glen Cove.
Aeropuerto con carne at La Vicharra Grill
Aeropuerto con carne, fried rice with linguine and bits of meat, is served at La Vicharra Grill in Glen Cove.
Ceviche mixto at La Vicharra Grill
Marinated raw sea bass, octopus, squid and shrimp are served with sweet potatoes and corn in the ceviche mixto at La Vicharra Grill in Glen Cove.
Huancaina-style potatoes at La Vicharra Grill
Huancaina-style potatoes, blanketed in a creamy, slightly spicy cheese sauce, are a classic Peruvian starter at La Vicharra Grill in Glen Cove.
Pescado a lo macho at La Vicharra Grill
Pescado a lo macho is a generous fillet of fried sea bass napped with a seafood sauce and garnished with shrimp, squid and mussels at La Vicharra Grill in Glen Cove.
Oysters Rockefeller at The Haylard
This version of oysters Rockefeller at The Halyard in Greenport is sufficiently rich, with spinach, bacon and Parmesan cheese, capped with a Ritz Cracker crumble.
Fried chicken at The Haylard
The bucket of crisp and juicy fried chicken at The Halyard in Greenport arrives with macaroni and cheese, corn and a biscuit.
New England-style clam chowder at The Haylard
Well-seasoned, New England-style clam chowder highlights the appetizers at The Halyard in Greenport.
Oyster po' boy at The Haylard
There's plenty of crunch and sweet shellfish in the deftly fried, oyster po' boy sandwich at The Halyard in Greenport.
Beer-battered fish and chips at The Haylard
Beer-battered fish and chips made with local fluke is a standout main course, served with tangy sauce gribiche at The Halyard in Greenport.
Peppercorn roast beef sandwich at The Local
The house peppercorn roast beef sandwich comes on an onion roll layered with melted Swiss, arugula, pickled onions, and smoked horseradish at The Local in Babylon.
Mini duck tacos at The Local
Mini duck tacos are stuffed with local duck, shredded veggies and mashed avocado, then slathered with maple-chipotle sauce at The Local in Babylon.
Warm pastrami-on-rye at The Local
Warm pastrami-on-rye is topped with Swiss cheese, brussel slaw, and slivered Granny Smith apples, then smeared with honey-whole-grain mustard at The Local in Babylon.
Cuban stuffed pretzel sticks at The Local
Soft, warm pretzel sticks, topped with ham, Swiss cheese, pickle relish and cheddar-ale sauce, are served as a starter at The Local in Babylon.
Banh-mi sandwich at The Local
The banh-mi sandwich features soy-chili braised pork, carrots, cucumbers and jalapeno-cilantro mayo, and comes on a toasted baguette at The Local in Babylon.
Lobster roll at DJ's Clam Shack
Lobster rolls are stupendous at DJ's Clam Shack in Wantagh. Made with big hunks of knuckle and claw meat and butter-griddled top-split buns, they are available either warm (dressed only with butter) or cold (blended with celery and tarragon-scented mayonnaise). Both are $17 and contain a full quarter pound of meat, but for sheer crustacean decadence, $33 will buy you an overstuffed lobster roll (pictured) with twice the filling.
Ipswich clams at DJ’s Clam Shack
The undisputed stars of the clam show at DJ's Clam Shack in Wantagh are Ipswich clams, fried whole belly clams that are nutty, sweet and briny in perfect proportion.
New England clam chowder at DJ’s Clam Shack
Chowder, made with middle necks (bigger than little necks, smaller than cherrystones) is luxuriantly creamy with big chunks of red potato at DJ's Clam Shack in Wantagh.
Fish tacos at DJ’s Clam Shack
Fish tacos are made with either fried (pictured) or grilled mahi mahi at DJ's Clam Shack in Wantagh.
Garlic-steamed middle neck clams at DJ’s Clam Shack
Garlic-steamed middle neck clams are served with garlic bread at DJ's Clam Shack in Wantagh.
Cornbread at Hush Bistro
The barely sweet cornbread crumbles in all the right ways, and comes with maple butter, biscuits and berry preserves, at Hush Bistro in Huntington.
Mac-and-cheese at Hush Bistro
The ditalini of a smoky mac-and-cheese is held together with a quartet of melted cheeses, and dotted with peas and crumbled bacon at Hush Bistro in Huntington.
St. Louis ribs at Hush Bistro
Sticky St. Louis ribs fall from the bone with the prick of a fork at Hush Bistro in Huntington.
'WTF' salad at Hush Bistro
The "WTF" salad is a no-fail choice at Hush Bistro in Huntington. It features gingery tuna tumbled with watermelon, edamame and crumbled wonton, and showered tableside with foie gras "snow."
Duck leg confit at Hush Bistro
Duck leg confit leans against roasted fennel and wilted broccoli at Hush Bistro in Huntington.
Chicken tostadas at Mamey Taquería
Chicken tostadas are topped with lettuce, salsa fresca and avocado at Mamey Taquería in Babylon.
Horchata and jamaica at Mamey Taquería
Rich horchata dusted with cinnamon, left, and jamaica, sweet-and-sour iced tea, are served at Mamey Taquería in Babylon.
Tacos at Mamey Taquería
A trio of tacos -- al pastor, carne asada and chicken -- at Mamey Taquería in Babylon.
Pork carnitas enchiladas at Mamey Taquería
Pork carnitas enchiladas are mercifully free of a melted cheese deluge and, instead, slathered in a cuminy red sauce and daintily drizzled with crema at Mamey Taquería in Babylon.
Churros and tres leches cake at Mamey Taquería
Desserts like warm churros served with dipping chocolate and tres leches cake are worth the calories at Mamey Taquería in Babylon.
Fried rice at Saaho Village
At Saaho Village in Great Neck, a golden mound of fried rice is studded with bits of roasted eel, Chinese broccoli, scallions and egg, and crowned with a bright-orange top knot of smelt roe.
Crispy wok crepe at Saaho Village
The duck-filled crispy wok crepe is filled with duck, cucumber, romaine, scallions and hoisin sauce at Saaho Village in Great Neck.
Steamed BBQ eel dumplings at Saaho Village
In this winning dumpling at Saaho Village in Great Neck, barbecued eel and chayote (also known, in Cantonese, as Buddha's hand melon) are felicitously paired inside neatly pleated bundles.
Kirby clam salad at Saaho Village
Kirby clam salad with cucumber and dried anchovies is served at Saaho Village in Great Neck.
Blanched heart of romaine at Saaho Village
Blanched heart of romaine is served in soy sauce with fried red shallots at Saaho Village in Great Neck.
Garlic shrimp at Coral
Garlic shrimp finished with fino sherry and sweet nora chilies are among the tasty, balanced tapas at Coral in East Moriches.
Seafood soup at Coral
Seafood soup at Coral in East Moriches arrives aromatic and full-flavored, floating shellfish and calamari in a vibrant, tomato-hued sauce. Ask for extra bread to absorb it.
Meat and cheese board at Coral
The mixed board of cheeses and cured meats is worth sharing at Coral in East Moriches.
Fried croquettes at Coral
The ingredients in perfectly fried croquettes vary, often daily, at Coral in East Moriches. This chicken-and-chorizo number is popular.
Smoked oysters at Coral
Smoked oysters are a flavorful, eye-catching starter at Coral in East Moriches.
Classic tonkatsu ramen at Ippon
Classic tonkatsu ramen, featuring a pork-bone broth garnished with braised pork (or fried pork cutlet), plus seaweed, bamboo shoots, wood-ear mushrooms, fish cake, scallions and a softly boiled egg, is satisfying at Ippon in Great Neck.
Croquette pops at Ippon
Don't miss the coal-black croquette pops, filled with mashed potato and seafood, at Ippon in Great Neck.
Spicy udon noodles at Ippon
Spicy udon noodles stir-fried with kimchi and pork belly are served at Ippon in Great Neck.
Yakitori combo at Ippon
Sample all of the yakitori (grilled skewers) offerings -- shrimp, chicken thigh, pork belly with scallion, steak, zucchini with bacon, and mushroom with bacon -- with the combo platter at Ippon in Great Neck.
Black pepper-coated seared tuna at Ippon
At Ippon in Great Neck, black pepper-coated seared tuna is served over greens with a tart sesame dressing.
Lobster tacos at ToA Asian Fusion
Crisp lobster tacos are served with mango salsa and jalapeños at ToA Asian Fusion in Farmingdale.
Steamed shrimp dumplings at ToA Asian Fusion
Steamed shrimp dumplings are among the savory appetizers at ToA Asian Fusion in Farmingdale.
The Out of Control roll at ToA Asian Fusion
The Out of Control roll features spicy tuna and spicy yellowtail topped with crunchy, spicy marinated snow crab at ToA Asian Fusion in Farmingdale.
Beijing duck at ToA Asian Fusion
Beijing duck served with mini-buns, cucumber, and hoisin sauce tops the main courses at ToA Asian Fusion in Farmingdale.
Sichuan-style crisp, dry beef at ToA Asian Fusion
Sichuan-style crisp, dry beef topped with peppers and mushrooms elevates the Chinese choices at ToA Asian Fusion in Farmingdale with a hint of heat.
Chicken samosas at Kebab House
Delicate chicken samosas (fried turnovers) are served at Kebab House in Hicksville.
Kabuli palow at Kebab House
Kabuli palow, basmati rice topped with raisins and carrot, is served with a braised lamb shank at Kebab House in Hicksville.
Manto at Kebab House
Manto, refined, four-cornered steamed beef dumplings, is drizzled with tomato and yogurt sauces at Kebab House in Hicksville.
Beef chapli kebabs at Kebab House
Beef chapli kebabs are dusted with ground sumac, topped with white onions and served with basmati rice at Kebab House in Hicksville.
Pistachio rolls at Kebab House
No matter how stuffed you may be, don't leave Kebab House in Hicksville without ordering the pistachio rolls for dessert. They evince an unusually high nut-to-pastry ratio, the bright-green filling barely contained by the thinnest veil of phyllo.
Black Pearl sushi roll at Shiki Asian Bistro
A Black Pearl sushi roll is stuffed with asparagus and steamed lobster, then topped with avocado, black tobiko, blackberries and eel-honey sauce. It brings together unexpected flavors at Shiki Asian Bistro in Hauppauge.
Oysters at Shiki Asian Bistro
Oysters are sauteed to a nut-brown sheen and served on ceramic spoons filled with melted butter at Shiki Asian Bistro in Hauppauge.
Eggplant stuffed with shrimp at Shiki Asian Bistro
At Shiki Asian Bistro in Hauppauge, sliced eggplant stuffed with shrimp, then slathered in sticky miso sauce, is an unexpected gem.
Nameko soup at Shiki Asian Bistro
Nameko soup, a flavorful broth loaded with slivered mushrooms, wispy scallions, halved cherry tomatoes and tofu, is served at Shiki Asian Bistro in Hauppauge.
Sashimi and sushi platter at Shiki Asian Bistro
A sashimi and sushi platter at Shiki Asian Bistro in Hauppauge is loaded with salmon, yellowtail, escolar, toro and a Black Pearl roll.