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Weekend picks: Deductions!

The exterior of Vitae Wine Bar & Restaurant,

The exterior of Vitae Wine Bar & Restaurant, 54 New St., in Huntington. Credit: Chris Foster, 2011

Yes, fellow filers, the way to face this weekend is with a tax-deductible meal. Here are three restaurants that make business as pleasurable as socializing. Actually, they work for both.

New to downtown Huntington is Vitae, which took over the vintage site of Abel Conklin's. The overhaul is dramatic; the result, a sharp-looking dining room. Very good food, too, with some variety and considerable style. The choices include short-rib croquettes and arugula-Gorgonzola salad, baby-back ribs and pan-seared scallops.

Vitae is at 54 New St., Huntington; 631-385-1919.

Akbar in Garden City is one of Long Island's handsome Indian restaurants, striking in decor and on the plate. They prepare a bracing chicken or lamb vindaloo, zesty appetizers such as lentil-flour crisps with yogurt and tamarind and savory samosas, fine rice dishes and first-rate breads.

Akbar is at 2 South St., Garden City; 516-357-8300.

And Blackwells in Wading River has the added appeal of a location at the Great Rock Golf Course. The kitchen veers toward steak and seafood, with fine dry-aged cuts of beef and a catch of the day among the selections. Tasty crab or shrimp cocktail, cobb and wedge salads, roast chicken, Black Angus burger.

Blackwells is at 141 Fairway Dr., Wading River; 631-929-1800.

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