The quality of Mexican food on Long Island has taken another big leap.
Verde Kitchen & Cocktails is serving very good, often excellent south-of-the-border fare south of the Southern State. It's a spirited, inviting spot, with full flavors and professional Margaritas.
The storefront has a front dining area with high tables and bar-style seating. The back room, in what looks like a greenhouse, is a bit more comfortable. In either one, order the first-class guacamole with smoked fluke and shrimp; roast pork or fried fluke tacos; and pozole Verde, a stew with pork shoulder, pork belly, hominy, cabbage, avocado and house-made chicharrones, or fried pork rinds. Also recommended: seared duck breast with duck-confit enchilada; and roasted chicken breast in mole negro.
This Verde is well worth the trip from anyplace in Suffolk or Nassau.
Verde Kitchen & Cocktails, 70 E. Main St., Bay Shore; 631-665-6300.