Best Long Island, NY Restaurants

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    10. Kotobuki

    Contrary to what you may have read in Sunday school, all is not lost in Babylon. Its saving grace, in this instance, is sushi. Inside this inventive little eatery, the chefs are not afraid to experiment. This fact...

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    9. East by Northeast

    ENE, as regulars call it, has a status as one of Montauk's more fashionable eateries. Sleek, Eastern-influenced decor is punctuated by stained woods, earth tones, and a heavy reliance on geometric shapes, from...

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    8. On 3

    A short walk from the Glen Head Railway Station, this sophisticated dining room features streamlined decor and artfully prepared dishes. From proscuitto-wrapped scallops to pan-seared tuna, seafood appears in many of...

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    7. Mill River Inn

    Winner of numerous accolades, including recognition from DiRo­NA and "Wine Spectator," this Oyster Bay stalwart never fails to hit its mark. Friday and Saturday night's prix fixe dinners also prove incredibly...

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    6. Stone Creek Inn

    Located in the former Ambassador Inn, this elegant French-Med restaurant features the cuisine of owner-chef Christian Mir, once the Executive Sous-chef at Tavern on the Green. Fresh fish and seafood highlight the...

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    5. Louis XVI

    One of LI's most highly acclaimed restaurants, Louis XVI boasts a waitstaff dressed to the nines, opulent decor reminiscent of a French palace, and breathtaking views of the Great South Bay. First courses include...

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    4. Tellers Chophouse

    Suffolk County's southern shore boasts a number of upscale restaurants, but few can be spoken about in the same breath as this sophisticated steakhouse. The setting itself is stunning: a restored bank building with...

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    1. Panama Hatties

    Hidden away in a Huntington Station shopping center, this high-end eatery offers a journey to the sublime, thanks to professional service, contemporary decor, and stunning fare. Indeed, the prix fixe menu presents a...

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About Long Island, NY Restaurants

Trying to apply a solitary defining term to the Long Island restaurant scene is an exercise in mismanaged time. The wiser, more fulfilling move is taking the LI dining landscape for what is: competitive, perpetually in flux, and loaded with terrific, often surprising options at every turn. Indeed, from Elmont in Nassau County all the way out to Montauk, the affluent residents of (and visitors to) Long Island's villages, hamlets and towns have no shortage of choices when the time to dine arrives. Italian and seafood restaurants are especially prominent, of course, as are high-end establishments where chefs are compelled to push the limits of creativity. This is especially so at gastronomic gems like the North Fork's Jedediah Hawkins, where Chef Tom Schaudel's New American dishes emphasize ingredients grown in the Hamptons. Elsewhere, along Nassau's County's picturesque South Shore and extending up to Fire Ireland, locally-run places like Long Beach's 780 Grill & Clam Bar specialize in fresh seafood and often offer al fresco seating during the summer months. Across the way, on the North Shore, steakhouses make a strong showing, including such revered establishments as Rothmann's, Bryant & Cooper, and Peter Luger.

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