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Roots Bistro Gourmand

Butter-poached lobster, with creamy polenta, citrus-beurre blanc and

Butter-poached lobster, with creamy polenta, citrus-beurre blanc and lobster-bisque emulsion, at Roots Bistro Gourmand in West Islip. (Sept. 22, 2012) Photo Credit: Alessandro Vecchi

The art and science of bistronomy are perfected at Roots Bistro Gourmand in West Islip, one of the year's best restaurants. This fresh, ambitious spot upends and refines the bistro idea, French and otherwise, then turns on the electricity. The result: contemporary, creative, irresistible.

Roots Bistro Gourmand is a nouveau bistro in
Photo Credit: Alessandro Vecchi

Roots Bistro Gourmand is a nouveau bistro in West Islip. (Sept. 22, 2012)

Hostesses Kaitlin Koday, left, and Chelsea Simek are
Photo Credit: Alessandro Vecchi

Hostesses Kaitlin Koday, left, and Chelsea Simek are ready to welcome diners to Bistro Gourmand, a nouveau bistro in West Islip. (Sept. 22, 2012)

Originally from France, executive chef Philippe Corbet, of
Photo Credit: Alessandro Vecchi

Originally from France, executive chef Philippe Corbet, of Lindenhurst, co-owns Roots Bistro Gourmand in West Islip. (Sept. 22, 2012)

Co-owner James Orlandi of East Islip prepares a
Photo Credit: Alessandro Vecchi

Co-owner James Orlandi of East Islip prepares a dish at Roots Bistro Gourmand in West Islip. (Sept. 22, 2012)

The old Parkwood Cafe site has been transformed
Photo Credit: Alessandro Vecchi

The old Parkwood Cafe site has been transformed into a lively, witty laboratory, down to the schematics of desserts listed on blackboards at Roots Bistro Gourmand in West Islip. (Sept. 22, 2012)

Freddy and Laura Monday of Babylon chat while
Photo Credit: Alessandro Vecchi

Freddy and Laura Monday of Babylon chat while waiting for their order at Roots Bistro Gourmand in West Islip. (Sept. 22, 2012)

Tin ceiling, zinc bar, reclaimed wood flooring: Roots,
Photo Credit: Alessandro Vecchi

Tin ceiling, zinc bar, reclaimed wood flooring: Roots, in West Islip, looks the nouveau bistro part, too. (Sept. 22, 2012)

Howie and Heidi Adwar of Smithtown have a
Photo Credit: Alessandro Vecchi

Howie and Heidi Adwar of Smithtown have a drink at Roots Bistro Gourmand in West Islip. Cocktail options include a bourbon-fueled "Fred & Ginger Moves," fig vodka-driven "Laws of Motion" and "St. Germain des Pres" with grapefruit vodka, a hint of elderflower, Aperol and orange bitters. (Sept. 22, 2012)

Go whole hog with pressed suckling pig, a
Photo Credit: Alessandro Vecchi

Go whole hog with pressed suckling pig, a slowly cooked wonder finished with caraway-lavender honey and caramelized heart of palm, at Roots Bistro Gourmand in West Islip. (Sept. 22, 2012)

Butter-poached lobster, with creamy polenta, citrus-beurre blanc and
Photo Credit: Alessandro Vecchi

Butter-poached lobster, with creamy polenta, citrus-beurre blanc and lobster-bisque emulsion, at Roots Bistro Gourmand in West Islip. (Sept. 22, 2012)

Roots Bistro Gourmand's traditional fries with salt. (July
Photo Credit: Gaby Chiha

Roots Bistro Gourmand's traditional fries with salt. (July 9, 2013)

Roots Bistro Gourmand's Parmesan-truffle fries. (July 9, 2013)
Photo Credit: Gaby Chiha

Roots Bistro Gourmand's Parmesan-truffle fries. (July 9, 2013)

Moules frites, with mussels, tomato, garlic, white butter
Photo Credit: Alessandro Vecchi

Moules frites, with mussels, tomato, garlic, white butter and hand-cut fries, at Roots Bistro Gourmand in West Islip. (Sept. 22, 2012)

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