Going out to eat isn't always about cravings. Often enough, mealtimes dictate our choices, limiting restaurant possibilities. When circumstances narrow the options, let 10Best help. We'll direct you to the best Lunch restaurants in Long Island and save you the hassle of calling around for business hours. 10Best readers find much to enjoy at Bryant & Cooper Steakhouse thanks to its all-around good offerings. It's also hard to beat Tellers Chophouse, which serves just what you're looking for when you're in the market for a great Lunch.

10 La Marmite
Since the 1970s, this charming Victorian-style home has been serving fine French fare in an elegant setting. Smartly clad servers dart to and fro across the beautifully appointed dining room, ensuring that each table is well attended. The menu offers pan-seared crab cakes with creamy mustard sauce, crisp Long Island farmhouse duck flambéed au poivre, and vodka-flambéed tagliatelle dressed with pink tomato sauce and served with fresh peas. The wine list features more than 120 handpicked selections. Reservations are a must. (516-746-1243)

9 La Piccola Liguria
Local folks thank their lucky stars for this cozy Northern Italian eatery, located near Port Washington Village and known for its innovative recipes and stylish food presentation. Indeed, the unassuming decor scarcely anticipates the kitchen's creative capacity and the place's professional servers. It's little wonder that La Piccola Liguria has achieved such a loyal following. A few tables offer especially lovely views of the water, so ask for one if you're looking to make a good impression on somebody special. Superb wine list. (516-767-6490)

8 Pancho's Border Grill and Cantina
Perhaps LI's top establishment for Tex-Mex fare, Panchos has been serving up satisfying entrees, potent margaritas, and ice-cold cervezas for years now, much to the delight of folks who run around the western side of Nassau County. Look for the adobe roof and arched facade as you travel down the Hempstead, and soon you'll be sinking your teeth into spinach and mushroom quesadillas, Texas-style tacos, and sizzling shrimp, steak, and chicken fajitas. (516-579-5500)

7 Grimaldi's
If the name sounds familiar, that's because this is the younger sibling of Grimaldi's under the Brooklyn Bridge. They use only the freshest of ingredients, including mozzarella made right on the premises, to make their killer coal-oven baked pies. Grimaldi's consistently wins "Best of..." awards, and is a surefire Long Island favorite. Even if you may have to wait for a table on weekends, this is one pizzeria well worth visiting. No slices, whole pies only! (516-294-6565)

6 Umberto's of Wantagh
Operated by the legendary Umberto's over in Hyde Park, this "newer" location carries on the original's tradition of serving Sicilian-style pies to the hungry folks of Long Island. Using Old Country recipes and fresh ingredients, brothers Umberto and Carlo have also made sure the menu features plenty of hearty pasta dishes. (516-221-5696)

5 Bridgehampton Candy Kitchen
Retro diner serves up tasty burgers, sandwiches, shakes, ice cream and even a few Greek dishes. (631-537-9885)

4 Green Cactus Grill
Look for a neat stacked-stone facade as you travel down Jericho Turnpike, and do yourself a favor: stop in for a bite to eat. Eldest sibling of the Green Cactus family, this place has long been one of the area's top Mexican restaurants. What's behind the success? For starters, they use only fresh ingredients, and everything is cooked to order. How fresh can fresh be? Marinate in this: you won't find a single appliance in the place — not a freezer, not a microwave, not a can opener! Taste the results in a burrito, taco, or quesadilla, and be sure to order a side of guac — some things can't be missed. (631-673-1010)

3 Robinson's Tea Room
This lovely Victorian-style home offers as authentic a teatime as you'll likely find on Long Island. Guests enjoy traditional treats like homemade scones, finger sandwiches, chocolate-covered strawberries, and Devonshire cream. Quality English teas and professional service add to the place's appeal, making patrons feel as if they're headed to Notting Hill for an afternoon treat. In addition, Robinson's prepares terrific luncheons and delectable desserts. Twenty-four hour advance reservations are a must. (631-751-1232)

2 Salsa Salsa
When the need for sizzling, spicy, substantial fare hits, this festive Smithtown gathering place, billed as a burrito bar, has few peers. Although the nearby Port Jefferson location doesn't offer much room, this Smithtown sister more than makes up for it by offering plenty of seating. It also continues the commitment to quality cooking and friendly service. From two-bean chili con carne and quesadillas to specialty tacos stuffed with bacon or fish, Salsa Salsa has no problem tending to even the pickiest of appetites. (631-360-8080)

1 Thomas's Ham & Eggery
Pay close attention as you're cruising down Old Country Road near Carle Place, or you'll likely drive right by this friendly roadside diner without a second glance. If that's the case, you've truly done your morning appetite a disservice, because the Ham and Eggery has been a Nassau County stalwart since before World War II. From hearty egg skillets prepared any way you like to Belgian waffles and French toast smothered in rich maple syrup, this little slice of Americana is sure to rank high on your list. (516-333-3060)

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La Marmite 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Catering, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Cuisine: European, French
La Piccola Liguria 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking
Cuisine: European, Italian
Pancho's Border Grill and Cantina 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Latin, Mexican, Tex-Mex
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Catering, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms
Grimaldi's 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: European, Italian, Pizza
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: GARDEN CITY
Umberto's of Wantagh 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Delivery, Disabled Accessible, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Cuisine: European, Italian, Pizza
Neighborhood: WANTAGH
Bridgehampton Candy Kitchen 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Diner, Ice Cream
Dining Options: Counter Seating, Family Friendly, Take Out
Green Cactus Grill 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Cuisine: Latin, Mexican
Neighborhood: HUNTINGTON
Robinson's Tea Room 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, British, Continental, European
Dining Options: Counter Seating, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Salsa Salsa 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly
Cuisine: Latin, Mexican
Neighborhood: SMITHTOWN
Thomas's Ham & Eggery 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Diner
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: CARLE PLACE