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Cheap eats on Long Island

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(Credit: Nancy Borowick)

Big flavors don't have to cost big bucks.

Anyone who tells you otherwise doesnt know beans about Long Island restaurants. From Cedarhurst to Montauk, you can score culinary coups for under $30 a person.

How does slow-smoked barbecued ribs with mac and cheese sound at a BBQ joint? Or fresh pasta with wild mushrooms and truffle oil at a gastro pub? Sparkling sashimi at a homey Japanese storefront?

In the mood for Thai red curry with beef? Shrimp oreganata? Succulent copper-skinned rotisserie chicken at a Colombian cantina?

Let this restaurant guide point the way to whatever you crave, with a new restaurant added each week.

Compiled reviews by Joan Reminick

  • Crab cake with black bean salsa with chili

    Barrique Kitchen & Wine Bar $$ | Eclectic, Fusion, Small plates 69 Deer Park Ave. Babylon The  tasting menu of small plates and "share items" includes thin-crust pizzas, grill-pressed sandwiches, salads ...

  • Critic rating 2.5
    BBD's -- that stands for Beer Burgers Desserts

    BBD's $$ | Dessert, Beer, Burgers 49 Rte. 25A Rocky Point BBD's (which stands for Beers, Burgers, Desserts) is in a category of its own when ...

  • Critic rating 2.5
    Biscuits & Barbeque is located in an old

    Biscuits & Barbeque $$ | Barbecue, Cajun-Creole 106 E 2nd St. Mineola Secreted away in an industrial section of Mineola is a 1940s vintage railroad-car diner. In ...

  • Critic rating 2.5
    Bistro 25 in Sayville has a new, sleek

    Bistro 25 $$ | New American 45 Foster Ave. Sayville A "recession friendly" place to eat, where the menu includes a small plate of truffled ...

  • Critic rating 2

    Bobby's Burger Palace $ | Burgers, Chain restaurants 355 Smith Haven Mall Lake Grove Celebrity chef Bobby Flay is usually better known for his work on TV cooking shows ...

  • Critic rating 2
    Bonefish Grill has two branches on Long Island:

    Bonefish Grill $$ | Chain restaurants, Restaurant, Seafood 472 Smith Haven Mall Lake Grove Long Island's two new Bonefish Gril restaurants may win you over with their tasteful good ...

  • Critic rating 2
    Bostwick's Chowder House is a new seafood restaurant

    Bostwick's Chowder House $$ | Raw bar, Seafood 277 Pantigo Rd. East Hampton At this uber-casual Hamptons fish house, you might spot a movie or TV star at ...

  • Critic rating 3

    The Brass Rail $$ | Pub, Burgers, Kids, American 107 Forest Ave. Locust Valley At The Brass Rail, food, mood and prices are all about comfort. ...

  • Critic rating 1
    The pub-style Bread & Butter Bistro is attached

    Bread & Butter Bistro $$ | Sports bar, Lounge, American, Burgers, Pub 1730 N Ocean Ave. Holtsville Burgers are a night owl's dream at this pub-style restaurant that's attached to the Ramada ...

  • Critic rating 2
    Brixx & Barley, a new gastropub located in

    Brixx & Barley $$ | Salads, Beer, Sandwiches, Burgers, Pizza 152 Park Ave. Long Beach It's a perpetual party at Brixx & Barley, Long Beach's newest gastropub. Their biggest attraction ...

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