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For our readers in Western Suffolk and Nassau counties who won’t make it out to the North Fork this week, we do feel for you.
Long Island Restaurant Week is a great time to try a restaurant or three out here, but it’s also not your only option. There are participating restaurants across the North and South shores of both counties.
The event kicks off today, Sunday, and ends a week later on Nov. 11. It features three-course prix-fixe meals for $29.95.
We decided to share a few picks on the South Fork and western Suffolk County that have earned the northforker seal of approval.
You really can’t go wrong at this Hampton Bays mainstay, known for its New American cuisine and Island inspired cocktails. There’s a heavy emphasis on seafood on the menu at Cowfish and the NOLA Shrimp, a personal favorite of mine, pairs well with the waterfront eatery’s tasty cocktail list. It’s a can’t miss that’s also close for our readers on the North Fork.
We wrote about this spot in our very first Off the Fork and it’s a real gem in a Rocky Point community that desperately needed this type of farm-to-table experience. They produce their own certified organic meats and we’re yet to be disappointed. Our Cyndi Zaweski recommends the fried chicken sandwich served on a house-made bun for lunch or the bacon egg and cheese calzone at breakfast.
Also: Orto, which we also recently wrote about, is the single best restaurant in this neck of the woods. Its usual prix fixe menu makes it a less-urgent try on restaurant week though.
Avino’s Italian Table
Bellport gets overlooked a bit due to the serious growth in Patchogue, where there’s endless dining options these days, but Bellport has a few restaurants and they’re all good. Avino’s is an excellent Italian spot making the best meatballs on the South Shore. Be sure to order up Nana’s Giant Meatball for restaurant week.
Also: We mentioned Cowfish, well its sibling restaurant RHUM in Patchogue is also participating in restaurant week. If you’re not going to make it out east, this is a good way to feel like you did.
Whenever I hit the Stony Brook dining scene, I always ask myself why I don’t do it more often. It may not have as many options to try as some other Suffolk downtowns, but what does exist there is really solid. Mirabelle Tavern, with a unique setting inside the Three Village Inn, is a top choice for this area. I’d recommend the salmon or short rib options on their restaurant week menu.
Also: Another restaurant we recently mentioned that is also located at a noted area hotel is Wave Seafood & Steak at Danford’s. Get the best of both worlds by pairing their baked clams with the flatiron steak for restaurant week.