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.

Country House
The Colonial-style Country House dates from the early 18th century, making it one the oldest structures in the area, and its history is nothing short of fascinating. For example, in the 1830s, owner Thomas Hadaway and painter William Sidney Mount conducted séances here to try and contact Rembrandt, and the house is even believed to be haunted by a woman the British troops hung for treason. Even with all of that going for it, the Country House delivers the knockout punch with its intrepid New American fare. Reservations are encouraged. (631-751-3332)

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)

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 becomes apparent when you glance at the menu, which features colorfully-named items like the UFO Roll and the McRoll (don't worry, fastfood naysayers, it's made with mackerel!). Seating is limited, so it's best to arrive early, especially on weekends. (631-321-8387)

Cooperage Inn
Sunday dining is taken to the next level at this Baiting Hollow charmer, where Wine Region locals gather for mimosas, Bloody Marys, and a buffet brunch for the ages. Great care was taken to create an environment that recaptures the old-fashioned country grace that once marked this area of LI. Of course, the true measure of a restaurant is its cuisine, and regulars deem Cooperage's brunch feast as nothing short of sublime. It includes eggs benedict, homemade Belgian waffles, fresh-baked muffins, omelet and carving stations, pastas, and seasonal fruit. Reservations are a must. (631-727-8994)

The Bellport
Boasting one of the area's more imaginative menus, this New American restaurant in Bellport is the brainchild of owner-chef Taylor Alonso, who perfected his art after stints in New York City and England. The setting is comfortable with a certain countrified whimsy, making it a great place to enjoy a relaxing meal with a large group. Signature dishes include jumbo lump Louisiana crab cakes and corn-crusted fresh oysters, and other entrees like braised osso buco, roast duckling with chestnut-date dressing, and grilled marinated rib-eye with mustard-molasses vinaigrette. Reservations are encouraged. (631-286-7550)

This Commack gem hits homeruns from both sides of the plate, so to speak, thanks to spectacular sushi and well-portioned hot entrees. The understated interior reveals a touch of minimalism: indigo walls, light-stained woods, and modest pieces of original Japanese art. Immensely popular are the lunchbox specials — great deals and, with seaweed salad and a handful of maki rolls, more than enough food for one person. Takeout orders are available. (631-499-0400)

Curry Club
As the name no doubt suggests, this joint specializes in exotic Indian fare, from curries and kebabs to handmade naan. Friendly service and a low-key, casual setting make the place popular with lunch crowds — of course, the delicious buffet and reasonable prices don't hurt either. If you're in the mood for some kick, go with a special curry, like Chicken Chili Chili (batter-fried chicken with sweet and sour sauce, tomatoes, onions, and green peppers). Several vegetarian dishes are available as well. (631-751-4845)

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Trumpets on the Bay
Sitting on the edge of Great South Bay, this charming American restaurant is one of those places that romantics will drive hours to find. Its intimate tables afford inspiring views of the water, and the decor is marked by graceful chandeliers, polished hardwood floors, shimmering candles, white linens, and fresh-cut flowers. The fabulous fare, too, earns high marks, thanks to dishes that range from marinated steaks to fresh-from-the-sea lobster. (631-325-2900)

Hidden away in a Hauppauge industrial park, Butterfield's is one of those locals-only places that few tourists ever find out about. The casual atmosphere seems to contradict the locale, thanks to a warm decor of mustard-hued walls, interesting artwork, green columns, and tables set with burgundy linens. Dinnertime sees the kitchen serve everything from PEI mussels and garlic and tomato-crusted sea bass to hazelnut-crusted Australian rack of lamb and thyme-scented filet mignon. Friday nights feature the place's famous lobster bake. (631-851-1507)

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 myriad of difficult yet rewarding choices: Rare-seared big eye tuna or Hudson Valley foie gras? Roasted Colorado lamb with applewood bacon and miso broth or molasses-marinated Cervena venison with acorn squash and dried cherry chutney? Desserts, too, are devilishly tempting — pumpkin cheesecake is nearly impossible to resist. Superb wine list. Reservations are strongly encouraged. (631-351-1727)

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Country House 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Continental
Cost: $$$
Robinson's Tea Room 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, British, Continental, European
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Kotobuki 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Japanese, Sushi
Neighborhood: Babylon
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Cooperage Inn 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Continental
Cost: $$
The Bellport 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, New American
Cost: $$
Kurofune 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Japanese, Sushi
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Curry Club 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Indian, Vegetarian
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Trumpets on the Bay 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Cost: $$
Butterfields 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Continental, New American
Neighborhood: Hauppauge
Cost: $$
Panama Hatties 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Continental
Cost: $$$$
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