5 Restaurants for Dinner Parties

Post-holiday exhaustion coupled with chilly weather tends to put us in hibernation mode. But warmer air and longer hours of sunlight make social butterfly status much more appetizing even if the in-laws are no less crazy now than they were in December. Instead of reuniting at a backyard barbecue in early spring—because April showers can make parties go sour—opt for a night out at a local eatery. A big table awaits at five Long Island restaurants for dinner parties. Clean up not required.

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The LakeHouse, Bay Shore

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This popular Bay Shore restaurant moved into bigger digs on Maple Street last summer. The food offerings are just as delicious as they were in the 65-seat restaurant on Lawrence Lake, but the upgraded space comes with a private room ideal for parties of 10-30 people. Though there’s no view of the Great South Bay, foodies will enjoy the opportunity to peak into the kitchen through a window as the chef prepares creative dishes like grilled octopus. Streamlined dark wooden tables and chairs and white linens keep the focus on the chef, his food and the conversation. Go

Jema, Huntington

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Jema’s globally-inspired dishes and elegant dining room with long white drapes and a cozy fireplace have made it a fast favorite in the competitive Huntington dining scene. They also transport guests away from their busy lives, if only for a meal. But for a more exclusive getaway, parties of up to 10 people can dine in the private wine cellar. The wooden accents give it a rustic feel, but the white tablecloths keep it chic. Save room for dessert—Pulse food reviewer Richard Scholem encouraged readers to scream for the chocolate caramel with mouse and vanilla ice cream. Go 

Sandbar, Cold Spring Harbor

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When it comes to dinner parties—or just a table for two—Sandbar delivers night in and night out, seemingly without lifting a finger. The nautical decor is understated yet elegant, the lighting soft enough to be intimate but bright enough that diners can see across the table. The food is conservative but consistently hits the mark each time, which is perfect for the picky party. Go

Trattoria Diane, Roslyn

Take the gang upstairs at Trattoria Diane, where a carpeted room with windows flanked by white curtains make guests feel as if they’re eating in a friend’s parlor. But the Roman style menu, which includes verdure, fritti, antipasta, primi and secondi, will take the crew on a trip to the Eternal City. Go 

Jewel, Melville

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Tom Schaudel’s glitzy restaurant known for its gorgeous water and glass accents and delicious seafood offers parties of 8-10 a chance to dine in the Chef’s Tasting Room. Guests are treated to a multi-course tasting menu with optional—but highly recommended—wine pairings. Go

beth ann clyde

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