Updated December 6, 2017 11:16 AM
You’ve apprenticed up and bottomward the aforementioned artery 10 times, but, still, no assurance of that kebab abode you’re attractive for. Hungry and frustrated, you accede calling the authorities to abode a missing restaurant. Aloof then, your GPS announces you’ve accustomed at your destination. “Wrong!” you shout.
Instead of throwing the absolute aeronautics arrangement out the window, you’d do able-bodied to accept that it wasn’t congenital to handle Long Island’s best-hidden dining spots. Some are tucked abroad in parking lots, appointment barrio and accommodation houses. Others are buried abroad in alleys after able addresses.
All are account gluttonous out, but aggravating to acquisition them will drive you crazy — unless you apperceive actually area to look.
Selections by Newsday’s aliment staff.
Crabtree’s New York & Main, Huntington: Perched aloft city Huntington’s capital crossroads, Crabtree’s New York & Capital is a late-night atom with a absolute drinks card and a caloric agenda of gastropub fare. Acquisition it: The stairway access to Crabtree’s New York & Capital is on the southeast bend of New York Avenue (Route 110) and Capital Artery (25A), adverse New York Avenue. Attending for the red access adherent amid Cactus Salon Express and Time Source Jewelers.
Short-rib mac-and-cheese with Cheez-Its crumbles on top is served at Crabtree’s New York & Capital in Huntington.
Osteria Leana, Oyster Bay: Beautiful agents assignment the allowance in this low-lit cosy restaurant, confined aloof Italian book that displays the assignment of a accomplished chef and an eye against seasonality. Acquisition it: The access to Osteria Leana is in the aback of the building, in the restaurant’s parking lot, beyond from the White Spinnakers assurance that’s arresting from South Street.
Uova in purgatorio is a affectation of absurd polenta, a avoid egg, tomato, soffrito and salsa verde at Osteria Leana in Oyster Bay.
NY Garden Kabobs, Huntington: Tucked abroad in a city Huntington alley, NY Garden Kabobs is a tiny haven of broiled meats and seafoods aloft beginning bread. Acquisition it: While NY Garden Kabobs’ official abode is Gerard Street, the café actually faces the alleyway that parallels it to the south. From the borough parking lot forth Clinton Avenue, arch against the aback of the shops adverse Wall Artery (toward Dunkin Donuts), and NY Garden Kabobs’ adhesive blooming covering will be on your left. From Wall Street, arch into the alleyway aloof arctic of Café Bueno Aires, and the beanery will be on your right.
Lamb chop kebabs are broiled on the cartilage and served with flavored rice topped with raisins and carrots at NY Garden Kabobs in Huntington.
Toro Tapas & Tequila, Patchogue: Toro Tapas & Tequila is a balmy adjacency atom with a ablaze dining room, an all-embracing bar and absorbing food. Acquisition it: The beanery tucks aback from East Capital Artery in Patchogue, a few accomplish from a scattering of Latin delis and a gym; attending for the red and atramentous book aloft the access on Rider Avenue.
Seafood paella at Toro Tapas & Tequila in Patchogue includes mussels, clams, shrimp, lobster and calamari.
Jema, Huntington: This beauteous but chastened four-level space, endemic by Miracle Mop administrator Joy Mangano, is a acceptable acquittal from Edison ablaze bulbs, pork-belly aggregate and the aforementioned annoyed broccoli and carrots served with every entree. Chef Franco Sampogna, Brazilian built-in and French trained, is authoritative Long Island aftermath his own — alike if that agency no bloom in the winter. The baby card changes from anniversary to week. Jema is at the actual priciest end of the LI restaurant spectrum, but adventuresome diners will not be disappointed. Acquisition it: It’s alone a block off of the village’s capital drag, New York Avenue, but this easternmost amplitude of Gerard Artery could be in Yahpank as far as Huntington is concerned. Avoid the cartage by abutting Jema from the cantankerous street, Stewart Avenue, which is one block east of New York Avenue.
Smoked Atramentous Angus band steak with potatoes done three means is dank tableside at Jema in Huntington.
Farm Country Kitchen, Riverhead: In a baby abode overlooking the Peconic River, you’ll acquisition chef-owner Tom Carson alms a daily-changing cafeteria card of soups, salads, sandwiches and wraps. There’s additionally dinner, with such dishes as boneless marinated broken Crescent Farms avoid breast and pan-seared sea scallops over linguine. Ingredients are anxiously sourced and mostly local. In accomplished weather, you can eat on the veranda. Acquisition it: Take Avenue 72 (Route 25) from the LIE; go about 3 miles. Aback you see a Dodge dealership, attending right; there should be a chalkboard, amber Colonial and craven barn. Park in the alluvium by either structure; chase the aisle to the restaurant.
Farm Country Kitchen in Riverhead has a card that changes daily, depending on what’s beginning at the market.
LOL Kitchen & Grill, Centereach: This atom serves Arctic Chinese artery aliment in a stylish, minimalist dining allowance with a windowed accessible kitchen. Go for the Chinese chives, the Taiwanese sausage and wings from the grill. And be abiding to try the Arctic Chinese hot pot, with pork belly, potatoes, eggplant and blooming beans for a basin that delivers abundance and circuitous flavor. Acquisition it: Tucked in the aback of a adolescent band capital in Centereach, the restaurant perches abaft a vape boutique and a KTV karaoke atom at 2545 Middle Country Rd.
Cumin lamb with peppers is served at LOL Kitchen & Barbecue in Centereach.
West End Cafe, Carle Place: This beanery is a reliable stop for New American fare, with some Euro and Asian ancillary trips. Good choices accommodate the pan-seared halibut with spring-vegetable hash; the broiled pork chop with brittle white polenta, broccoli rabe and mostarda; lobster-and-shrimp ravioli; the apricot club; and the abode burger. Acquisition it: Attending for the axial bend of the Clocktower Shopping Center, on the east ancillary of Glen Cove Road, arctic of the Long Island Rail Road trestle.
An appetizer on the aboriginal bird card of West End Cafe in Carle Abode is Asian brittle avoid tacos.
Verde Wine Bar and Ristorante, Deer Park: This beanery delivers New World wines and acute dishes from controlling chef James Ahern in a advance of what acclimated to be Joe’s Pizzeria. For appetizers, try the broiled clams with smoked pork abdomen or the dogie sweetbreads. Amid entrees, pastas are army pleasers and the aerial leg could be one of the best dishes on the menu. Heads up on Tuesdays, aback it’s bargain wine for bottles over $90 at the bar. Acquisition it: Abutting to a gym and a sports abundance on an automated stretch, Verde sits in an backward area at 450 Commack Rd. in Deer Park.
A convalescent meat-and-cheese lath with condiments is served at Verde Wine Bar and Ristorante in Deer Park.
Pita House, East Setauket: The East Setauket aftereffect of a abiding Turkish Medford atom serves up agreeable dips — such as spicy-hot ezme and tahini-tinged hummus — as able-bodied as juicy, well-marinated kebabs, amid them, lamb and chicken. Finish with kazandibi, burnt-sugar-topped custard. Acquisition it: Adamantine to accept such a ample restaurant could be so able-bodied hidden. The abode is in the Heritage Square band mall, which is added like a architecture off a parking lot — able-bodied abaft Wild by Nature market. Acquisition the market, and you should be able to acquisition the restaurant.
The alloyed kebab basin is served with broiled red and blooming peppers and bloom at Pita Abode in East Setauket.
Biscuits & Barbecue, Mineola: In an atmospheric 1940s best railroad-car is a booth specializing in acceptable Louisiana book as able-bodied as slow-smoked craven and ribs. Not to be absent is the cool hot biscuit with andouille sausage gravy. Or fiery-sweet begrimed catfish. Shrimp and grits, mac and cheese and a balmy acceptable cobbler all add up to above comfort. Acquisition it: The abode is buried abroad in an automated area of Mineola. Although the after abode is correct, it’s accessible to drive appropriate past, aback the abode faces sideways.
Peach cobbler is served a la approach at Biscuits & Barbecue in Mineola.
Sombrero’s Southwest Grill, Kings Park: At this Tex-Mex beanery beneath the aforementioned buying as Dixie’s Smokehouse, you can eat decidedly well, admitting abundant of the aliment advancing from beef trays abaft the counter. The pork carnitas assignment abnormally able-bodied in a taco, burrito or a burrito bowl. Acquisition it: Like Dixie’s Smokehouse, the abode is anchored off Meadow Road, on the added ancillary of a ample borough parking lot.