Our favorite spots for tapas

A wide selection of tapas, such as these

(Credit: Rebecca Cooney)

Here are some favorite tables in Nassau and Suffolk where you'll revel in tapas and small plates, one bite at a time.

  • Patrons dine at Barrique Kitchen and Wine Bar

    Barrique Kitchen & Wine Bar $$ | Eclectic, Fusion, Small plates 69 Deer Park Ave. Babylon There's a real buzz at this popular wine bar offering a global roster of small plates as well as charcuterie (meats and cheeses). Among choices are irresistible veal meatball sliders, a refreshing watermelon salad as well as roasted baby octopus and seared sea scallops.

  • Critic rating 3
    Oysters stuffed with spinach bechamel, marscapone, bacon and

    Cafe Buenos Aires $$$ | Portuguese, Argentine 23 Wall St. Huntington The three-star establishment specializes in the cuisine of Argentina, where Hugo Garcia said many tapas also are served. The choices here include seviche, serrano ham, grilled chorizo, shrimp finished with garlic and olive oil, frittatas, fried oysters with fruit chutney, Galician-style octopus with paprika and olive oil, meatballs, empanadas, piquillo pepper stuffed with braised short rib and rice, short-rib sliders, oysters with spinach, mascarpone and bacon.

  • Critic rating 2.5
    Cedar Creek American Bar and Grill, in Glen

    Cedar Creek American Bar & Grill $$$ | American, New American 75 Cedar Swamp Rd. Glen Cove "Small bites" jump-start the dining at Cedar Creek, which has a more structured American menu, too. Typical selections include Chicago-style hot-dog sliders; house-made potato chips with blue cheese; mini ham-and-cheese sandwiches; a Duroc pulled-pork slider with coleslaw; fried oysters; andouille sausage with cornichons, mustard and toast points; "shrimp cocktail bites"; and onion rings with lemon garlic mayo.

  • Critic rating 1.5
    Pulpo a la Gallega, octopus Galician style, octopus

    Espana Tapas & Wine Bar $$ | European, Small plates, Spanish, Tapas (small plates) 655 Middle Country Rd. St. James Castilian traditions rule at this charming tapas and wine bar that's way bigger than it looks from the street. Julio Caro is a gracious host, offering tips on ordering from chef Sebastian Cambeiro's repertoire. Highlights include oh-so-tender Galician-style octopus, crisp patatas bravas, a comforting tortilla Espanola (mini-omelet with potatoes and onions) and the classic croquetas de jamon, crisp little ham croquettes.

  • Critic rating 3
    Lola's Kitchen & Wine Bar in Long Beach

    Lola $$$ | Restaurant 113A Middle Neck Rd. Great Neck Michael Ginor's imaginative, high-style restaurant serves tapas Sunday and Tuesday, and at lunch Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The dishes change frequently. A sampler: spicy tuna with Thai shrimp chips, baked goat cheese filled with piquillo pepper and arugula salad, tuna tartare and avocado tempura, Beijing duck slider, patatas bravas, marinated hanger steak with spicy rice balls, duck-leg confit with mole negro.

  • Critic rating 3
    Located in Stony Brook Village Center, Pentimento serves

    Pentimento $$$ | Italian, Restaurant 93 Main St. Stony Brook "Italian style tapas" are among the attractions at Dennis Young's three-star spot. The choices include prosciutto-and-fig jam bruschetta, meatballs with tomato-basil sauce, sauteed shrimp spiked with limoncello. Also: marinated French, Greek and Italian olives; sheep's milk ricotta accented with thyme; piquillo peppers stuffed with tuna; and "pastrami salmon."

  • A wide selection of tapas, such as these

    Salumi $$ | Spanish, Tapas (small plates), Small plates 5600 Merrick Rd. Massapequa In a rustic setting evoking an old European tavern, co-owners Kanarova and Kobrin offer a variety of tapas plates, along with meat and cheese "boards." You'll find hand-carved Spanish serrano ham as well as house-made duck rillettes and aged prosciutto from Parma. Among imported Spanish, French and Italian cheeses: Manchego, d'Affinois and Tallegio. Chef Dereck Linker's small plate selections include patatas bravas, short ribs, bacon "pinchos" and fried marcona almonds with sea salt.

  • Critic rating 2.5
    Customers drink at the bar of Swallow, a

    Swallow $$$ | New American, Small plates 366 New York Ave. Huntington Swallow is about as big as a tapa. And the cozy eatery brings in a New American variation on the theme: Black Angus sliders with tomato jam, foie gras terrine with Spanish onion marmalade, a pulled-chicken tostada with house-made hot sauce and queso fresco, a lobster quesadilla with wasabi mayonnaise, a union of spiced shrimp and andouille sausage, and Moroccan braised short ribs with apricot-and-couscous salad.

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