It's getting to that time of year when you want every weekend to have an extra day or two, so that each one becomes a mini-vacation. Here are three refreshing restaurants that contribute to the mood.
Jackson Hall American Bar & Grille in East Islip sends out an appealing, wide-ranging, mostly American menu. The eatery is a comfortable stop, informal and easygoing. And you'll dive into the meaty, Buffalo-style chicken wings; meat loaf with mashed potatoes and crisp onions; a fish-and-chips combo with puffy shrimp plus cod; and a root-beer float made with Saranac.
Jackson Hall is at 335 E. Main St., East Islip; 631-277-7100.
Sugar in Carle Place is an entertaining fun house, a noisy "dining den" that becomes a social club later on weekend nights. But the restaurant is very good for dishes such as tuna-tartare and crabmeat-mango cones; smoked, pulled-pork tacos; a deluxe version of coconut shrimp; Kobe-style sliders; a Reuben slider; and calamari salad with fennel and mango.
Sugar is at 246 Voice Rd., off Glen Cove Road, Carle Place; 516-248-7600.
Louie's Oyster Bar & Grille in Port Washington is the best it has been in decades. The dining room is handsome and the spring-summer view is irresistible. Go to the waterside restaurant for the raw bar and the New England-style clam chowder, the prosciutto-wrapped roast halibut and the buttery steamed lobster, the dry-aged sirloin and the filet mignon.
Louie's is at 395 Main St., Port Washington; 516-883-4242.