From fine dining food critic Peter M. Gianotti
It’s time to take your ‘cue from the warm weather. Head east and stop at Townline BBQ in Sagaponack. Baby back ribs and St. Louis ribs, pulled pork and pulled chicken, chopped brisket and hot dogs with sauerkraut and relish — all the right choices. On the side, try the collard greens, cole slaw, and especially the spicy bread-and-butter pickles. There’s a good selection of beers, too.
Townline BBQ, 3593 Montauk Hwy., Sagaponack; 631-537-2271, townlinebbq.com
From cheap eats critic Melissa McCart
Watch as your falafels are made to order, shaped then fried, at Just Falafel in Carle Place. With a selection of sumac-dusted vegetables and pickles and a variety of flavored hummus, make your own sandwich or order from a short list of standards. Either way, the sandwich is not a pocket, but rather a wrapped-and-rolled pita, served warm.
Just Falafel is at 11 Old Country Rd., Carle Place, 516-280-7327
From food editor Marjorie Robins
Combining Japanese culinary techniques with Peruvian ingredients and vice versa, the food coming out of the kitchen of this relatively new restaurant is making waves in the sushi-centric town of Port Washington. Don’t miss the softshell crabs on huge cubes of watermelon, spiced with jalapenos; the warm mushroom salad with a citrus dressing, and the black cod with shredded filo on a lettuce wrap. Doors open onto a view of the harbor, across the busy Shore Road.
Nikkei of Peru is located at 55 Shore Rd., Port Washington, 516-439-4201