Newsday's latest fine dining reviews.
Besito, West Islip: This Mexican chainlet keeps its recipe for success going in West Islip.
Meritage Wine Bar
Meritage Wine Bar, Glen Cove: This upbeat wine bar, which also is a very good restaurant, pours and serves with flair.
Doma Land + Sea
Doma Land + Sea, Cedarhurst: Big goals and a big tab go with Doma, a strikingly designed, often excellent restaurant that also happens to be kosher.
The Haylard, Greenport: This bright, new seafood-centric restaurant makes the Sound View Hotel a dining destination.
Saaho Village, Great Neck: This new restaurant offers an innovative, refined take on Cantonese cuisine, with mixed results.
Hush Bistro, Huntington: Chef Marc Anthony Bynum has brought his small-plates soul food from Farmingdale to dining-saturated Huntington. Can Hush Bistro be heard above the noise?
Coral, East Moriches: Tapas and more star at this spot with a magnetic waterside setting and chef Alex Bujoreanu.
ToA Asian Fusion
ToA Asian Fusion, Farmingdale: This eatery is a stylish spot for very good Japanese cuisine, Chinese cuisine and more.
Wölffer Kitchen Amagansett
Wölffer Kitchen Amagansett, Amagansett: The latest restaurant from Wölffer Estate Vineyard is high on drinks and ambiance, but low on food.
Meta Osteria & Barra
Meta Osteria & Barra, Oceanside: This eatery offers tasty Italian fare, mostly traditional, in an informal setting, with good service. It's fine for the whole family.
Cardoon Mediterranean, Seaford: This hard-to-find, quaint waterside spot in Seaford marries Greek, Turkish and North African spices with an array of seafood and meat.
Da Gigi Trattoria & Bar
Da Gigi Trattoria & Bar, Lynbrook: This new Italian restaurant with a warm and clubby vibe stars with exceptional pastas.
Pine Grove Inn
Pine Grove Inn, East Patchogue: This renovated but still old-fashioned spot on the Swan River offers pleasant service and mixed memories.
Nanking, Melville: Nanking, the new restaurant at the Hilton Long Island in Melville brings in Indian, Chinese, and Thai cuisine for an Asian-fusion show.
BabaluNY, Huntington: Lucy and Ricky Ricardo, vintage cars, vivid colors - they're all part of the appeal at BabaluNY, the new Cuban-Mediterranean restaurant in downtown Huntington.
Lulu Kitchen & Bar
Lulu Kitchen & Bar, Sag Harbor: This new Sag Harbor spot dishes up wood-fired fish, meat and vegetables.
Il Giardino, Aquebogue: This flavorful Italian and Italian-American restaurant sprouts in a spot both cozy and noisy.
Locale, Patchogue: The newest addition to the transformation of downtown Patchogue into a restaurant hub is this stylish and informal Italian and Italian-American spot.
MaBella Restaurant, Commack: Red-sauce dishes are the backbone of the menu at this comfortable, welcoming spot in Commack, but diners are wise to look beyond bolognese for their dinner.
Crown Steakhouse, Bellmore: Offering more than 200 liquors, the new Crown Steakhouse has many ways to toast its opening. Stick with the steaks and the Scotch.
George Martin 1989
George Martin 1989, Syosset: The newest restaurant in the George Martin group brings a spirited, easily recommended American-style bistro to Syosset.
Vinoco East, Farmingdale: The offspring of Vinoco in Mineola, Vinoco East goes in for "global fusion" cuisine, delivered via small plates. It's a hospitable spot that enlivens Main Street dining.
Catch Oyster Bar
Catch Oyster Bar, Patchogue: This newcomer on the half-shell stands out with very good seafood, raw and cooked, in a storefront that seats about 30 contented customers.
Koi Sushi Lounge
Koi Sushi Lounge, Sayville: Housed in a former diner, Koi Sushi Lounge surprises both on and off the plate.
Table 7, New Hyde Park: This good restaurant has opened in but apart from The New Hyde Park Inn, a popular catering facility. Expect good service, ample drinks, and, if you order carefully, a satisfying meal.
Noble Kitchen & Cocktails
Noble Kitchen & Cocktails, Oceanside: Noble Kitchen & Cocktails is the new destination restaurant in Oceanside, with some very good American fare. It opens on the former site of Butera's and Lawson Pub. And Noble improves on both, whether you go for a burger, fish and chips, or a special of scallops with bacon on corn risotto.
Publicans, Manhasset: This classic bar was home to a generation of serious drinkers, and even became the subject of a bestselling memoir. Now it's reopened as an airy, immaculate gastropub serving upscale dishes such as filet mignon, braised chicken over polenta, and curry-laced fried calamari over arugula-and-fennel salad.
Louie's Grill & Liquors
Louie's Grill & Liquors, Port Washington: This veteran restaurant has a new chef and menu.
Casa di Fratelli
Casa di Fratelli, Westbury: Three brothers have used their decades of experience to open this warm-hearted Italian restaurant.
Patrizia's, Hicksville: Endearingly raucous, Patrizia's scores with huge portions of good Italian food.
H2O Seafood & Sushi
H2O Seafood & Sushi, East Islip: From Suffolk County's leading restaurant group comes this gorgeous new restaurant with a crowd-pleasing approach to fish.
Centro Trattoria, Hampton Bays: This updated Italian-American roadhouse features a lively bar, a large and loud dining room, and a menu of imaginatively rethought comfort food classics.
Antonette’s of East Hills
Antonette's of East Hills, Roslyn Heights: This Italian eatery offers classics and friendly service in an opulent setting.
Tavern 227, Sea Cliff: You'll find good food and good drinks at Tavern 227 in Sea Cliff, a low-key jewel of a tavern.
Gastronomy Kitchen by Cirella's
Gastronomy Kitchen by Cirella's, Huntington Station: More is more at Gastronomy Kitchen by Cirella's, the exuberant new restaurant at Walt Whitman Shops in Huntington Station.
Spinnakers, Oyster Bay: The bar's the place to be at Spinnakers, a convivial neighborhood spot in Oyster Bay.
Grey Horse Tavern
Grey Horse Tavern, Bayport: This eatery is rustic with lots of charm, serving unfussy, satisfying dishes.
GM Club Steak
GM Club Steak, Rockville Centre: This eatery, the latest from the George Martin restaurant group, is convivial and absolutely on-trend.
Salumi Tapas & Wine Bar
Salumi Tapas & Wine Bar, Massapequa: This dressed-up neighborhood restaurant features compelling small plates, an interesting wine selection and satisfying desserts.
Del Frisco's Grille
Del Frisco's Grille, Huntington Station: High spirits and contemporary American cooking are on display at this Long Island outpost of the Texas-based chain.
The Cottage by Colbeh
The Cottage by Colbeh, Roslyn Estates: This renovated space with an updated Glatt kosher menu holds surprises for diners.
Polo Steakhouse, Garden City: Hidden within the landmark Garden City Hotel, Polo Steakhouse delivers the prime goods.
Sufiya's Grill, Merrick: Intimate yet casual, Sufiya's Grill in Merrick is a neighborhood Middle Eastern restaurant specializing in Persian dishes and a polished experience.
Jema, Huntington: The most exciting restaurant to open in recent memory, the staunchly seasonal Jema both confounds and exceeds expectations.
La Candela Bistro
La Candela Bistro, Hicksville: This eatery is a Peruvian meat destination with generous portions and pours, where servers are enthusiastic about sharing their passion for the country and the cuisine.
Sawasdee Thai Elevated
Sawasdee Thai Elevated, Plainview: Sawasdee Thai Elevated is a strip mall space-as-sanctuary serving classic Thai dishes.
S.T.A.G.S Tap House
S.T.A.G.S Tap House, Huntington: A woods lodge meets Main Street at S.T.A.G.S, where gastropub fare courts a crowd looking for more than a standard burger and a beer.
Gatsby's Landing, Roslyn: Crystal chandeliers and nautical oil paintings meet stylish accents at this scene-y neighborhood restaurant with a captivating menu and an elevated noise level.
Aria Melanie on the Lake
Aria Melanie on the Lake, Bay Shore: Aria Melanie on the Lake appeals to neighbors as well as destination diners, with tailored Italian dishes and a fabulous view.
Toro Tapas & Tequila
Toro Tapas & Tequila, Patchogue: Toro Tapas & Tequila is a warm neighborhood spot with a bright dining room, an expansive bar and interesting food.
Barto, Roslyn: In a vast, stylish dining room, Barto offers a menu of small plates, share plates and mains; and a collection of drinks for those who prefer wine and cocktails.
Osteria Leana, Oyster Bay: Stylish staff work the room in this low-lit cosy restaurant, serving unfussy Italian fare that displays the work of a skilled chef and an eye toward seasonality.