5 Places to Eat During Long Island Restaurant Week

Where will Long Island Restaurant Week take you? To these carne asada tacos at Besito?

Winter Long Island Restaurant Week debuts with eight days of deliciousness beginning January 22. With more than 80 restaurants participating from the East End to the westernmost edge of Nassau County it’s the chance to enjoy a three-course prix fixe dinner for $27.95 at some of Long Island’s best restaurants. Think of it as your excuse to get outside your home before cabin fever sets in. Here are a few menus worth checking out:

Caci North Fork, Southold

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The Southold restaurant is known and loved for its dedication to Italian traditions and North Fork produce. For Long Island Restaurant week choose between contemporary takes on dishes including a gnocchi with duck and lentil soup with crostini, cod al coccio with tomato, capers and taggiasche olives. Make sure to ciao to the salame al cioccolato, cream puffs or the caramel panna cotta for dessert.

Peter’s Clam Bar, Island Park

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If you’ve been dreaming of lazy summer afternoons since Labor Day, you need to head to Peter’s Clam Bar. Since 1940 the Island Park eatery has been a staple for delicious seafood in a casual setting. This winter start with the baked clams or fried calamari before indulging in a platter of shrimp or lobster and you’ll be able to briefly pretend the weather outside isn’t frightful.

Waterzooi, Garden City

Photo by Doug Young.

A meal at this Garden City favorite approaches a religious experience. Settle into Waterzooi’s old world dining room with its cream-colored stucco walls and vaulted ceilings and order from its Belgian-inspired Restaurant Week menu. Appetizer options include ginger carrot bisque and escargots de’ Bourguignon while the mains feature their signature mussel pots or land-based options like braised pork shank and a burger with fourme d’ambert, smoked bacon, beefsteak tomato, arugula and cognac dijonnaise.

Sandbar, Cold Spring Harbor

Sea scallops with butternut risotto. Photo by Kerriann Flanagan Brosky

Treat yourself to American cuisine with a French flair and an extensive cocktail list at Guy Reuge’s Sandbar in Cold Spring Harbor. The Long Island Restaurant Week menu ranges from appetizers such as clam chowder foie to gras to chickpea fries with sriracha aïoli to mains including bacon wrapped meatloaf to lamb bucatini to seafood options like scallops with butternut squash risotto, sage and pepitas.

Saaz Indian, Southhampton

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Yes, there is excellent Indian food on the East End. Saaz is known for its intensely flavored dishes and generous use of local vegetables. Start with a salad, soup and appetizer and then choose from any vegetarian, chicken, lamb, goat or fish entree on the regular menu pairing it with lemon-herb, coconut or plain rice.