It's time to eat here now.
In a year of small plates, big brews, high risks, low prices, and enough openings and closings to make so many meals out seem like yesterday's news, staffers Joan Reminick, Peter M. Gianotti and Erica Marcus selected the class of 2014: Long Island's 100 essential restaurants.
More than 30 restaurants were dropped from last year's 100 either because they closed, have new chefs or dropped in quality.
It's a diverse list, with 10 restaurants each in 10 categories covering steakhouses, Italian, Cheap Eats, seafood and more. Grab the proverbial fork and dig in! (App users, click on the link above to view the sortable top 100 interactive.)