About 170 restaurants are participating in Long Island Restaurant Week 2016, a bi-annual event with the goal of delivering $27.95 three-course prix-fixe experiences that will have diners wanting to come back for more. Here’s taste of who is dishing out discounts Oct. 30-Nov. 6.
110 Japan Sushi Lounge & Hibachi, Huntington Station
If you’ve never been to 110 Japan, this is the perfect opportunity to take in its trendy vibe, which mixes funk and romance. And the restaurant is really taking to the spirit of Restaurant Week with an assortment of offerings that are likely to lure you back. The warm goat cheese arugula salad with 15-year aged balsamic vinegar or the salmon and yellowtail tartare with guacamole, wasabi crème fraiche, crispy shallot and kizami juzu are inviting appetizers. For entrées, there’s pan-seared wild striped bass or the 110 Signature Roll combo, with shrimp tempura avocado and BBQ eel inside topped with lobster salad, and the Tuna Lover, which has spicy tuna asparagus inside and is topped with seared pepper tuna and avocado. Go.
Benny’s Ristorante, Westbury
Here’s a chance to get great deal at one of the highest-rated Italian restaurants on the Island. Restaurant Week offerings include Eggplant Benny, with capellini, ricotta and parmesan in a tomato sauce, and branzino pescatore, with clams, mussels and linguine. For dessert, there’s ricotta cheesecake, bread pudding or vanilla ice cream. Go.
Cowfish, Hampton Bays
Here’s just another a reason to return to the Hamptons after Labor Day. This waterfront American restaurant with breathtaking scenery has put together a menu worth the trip. Start out with lobster-stuffed mushrooms, jumbo buffalo shrimp or local burrata with tapenade, basil pesto, garlic crostinis, baby arugula, truffle oil. The entrées include shrimp, New Orleans style, Danish-style rack of ribs with homemade BBQ sauce and seared ahi tuna with pineapple coconut fried rice, orange ponzu. Wrap things up with a pumpkin cinnamon roll with pecans, maple cream and cheese frosting. Go.
George Martin Strip Steak, Great River
Steak! Yes, a number of Long Island steakhouses have joined the fun again this year, including George Martin Strip Steak, hidden away in a turn-of-the-century Great River home with retro-themed rooms. The chipotle marinated pork wingettes and the GM Chopped Salad, topped with candied walnuts, golden raisins, roasted peppers, fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, corn and a balsamic vinaigrette, are fine ways to get things going. Then there’s the literal meat of the menu, highlighted by grilled Berkshire pork porterhouse with mushroom bordelaise, garlic mashed potatoes and broccoli; molasses soy marinated skirt steak with garlic mashed potatoes; and a Dijon panko-crusted Norwegian salmon filet with pinot grigio-lemon beurre blanc and sweet pea rice pilaf. Go.
Jake’s Steakhouse, East Meadow
Speaking of steakhouses, Jake’s has stepped up for Long Island Restaurant Week 2016 with a solid menu selection featuring a wedge salad or crab cake to start, to pan-seared salmon, braised boneless beef short ribs and marinated skirt steak. Drooling yet? Go.
Jamesport Manor Inn, Jamesport
Head to the North Fork for refreshing, and fresh, new American cuisine with a Mediterranean spin. Jamesport Manor Inn has a lineup prepared with all that. There’s a mixed organic greens salad with honey balsamic vinaigrette and shaved Parmesan, a roasted red beet salad and an almond-crusted fried brie truffle honey, garlic toast as first-course options. Second-course options range from goat cheese pan-roasted organic chicken with maple acorn squash puree and asparagus to a skillet-roasted Atlantic salmon filet with roasted cauliflower, butternut and sage risotto cake and a Citrus Beurre Blanc. Complete the meal with a pumpkin cheesecake, chocolate torte or canilla crème brûlée. Go.
Mirabelle at The Three Village Inn, Stony Brook
You can’t go wrong any time of year at this iconic French staple on the North Shore—especially not during Long Island Restaurant Week. For a first course, try the curried squash soup with crab, Brussels sprout leaves, carrot, celery and parsnip. Follow that up with one tantalizing second-course selection that includes pan-roasted arctic char with cauliflower steak, onion soubise and cipollini onions and seared branzino with root vegetable ratatouille and mustard sauce. Go.
MP Taverna, Roslyn
Michael Psilakis’ popular Greek eatery will be featuring a number of autumn-inspired dishes, such as pomegranate hummus with roasted pumpkin, sesame seeds and fried chickpeas, a whole lavraki (sea bass) with sautéed spinach, dill and green onion and a lamb chops and lamb sausage platter with eggplant, currants and herbs. Go.
Salt & Barrel, Bay Shore
The Bay Shore eatery has quickly become a Long Island favorite since opening earlier this year, so deal-seekers will no doubt be headed through its doors later this month. What can they expect? Pork and appe pan-seared dumplings, a roasted root vegetable soup, or a chopped salad for the first course. Couple those with wild mushroom bolognese, pan-seared mahi mahi or organic pot pie. And you’ll definitely want to try the double chocolate bacon bourbon cookie. Because, of course, everything is better with bacon. Go.