The "first taste of winter" menu at Verace is $25; at H2O, $40. Both restaurants are part of the Bohlsen Restaurant Group. Drinks, taxes and tips are not included.
Appetizer selections at H2O include spinach salad with smoked chicken, a tempura roll with crab salad and avocado, a crisp calamari salad; and tandoori chicken skewers. Main dishes: lobster macaroni-and-cheese, grilled petite filet mignon, grilled branzino, and miso-glazed salmon. For dessert: warm pear spice cake and Key lime tart.
Verace's starters include caponata with roasted peppers, tomato-and-fennel salad, shellfish minestrone and cavatelli alla Bolognese. Main courses go from seafood stew and short-rib stew to chicken Marsala and penne alla puttanesca. Desserts: honey-pecan pie with vanilla gelato and cannoli with white-chocolate mousse and date-cream sauce.
H20 Seafood Grill, 215 W. Main St., Smithtown; 631-361-6464.
Verace, 599 Main St., Islip; 631-277-3800.
Above, dining at Verace.