The Heat is On!: Best Restaurant The Hottest Race In This Year’s Best Of LI


bestof2012Too many weekend evenings can be spent scouring the streets for a good restaurant. More times than not, your dining adventure can turn into a never-ending quest for a decent bite to eat. Even worse is when you’ve set out to find a good meal but all you’re going home with is a bag from the Golden Arches.

That’s why the Long Island Press Best of Long Island provides patrons with an extensive list of L.I.’s very best dining destinations—and those dining digs have been chosen by other Long Island residents who have been there and enjoyed what they ate.

The helpful guide keeps patrons’ weekends free of fast food, providing the very best of everything—from the Best Mexican Restaurant to the Best Fusion Restaurant. The Best of Long Island Guide contains more than 20 categories, with three winners in each; it gives you great choices for every day of the year.

While there are categories for many different genres and types of restaurants, there is one category where all restaurants can compete: the Best Restaurant category. In Best Restaurant, Indian food can compete against Italian food can compete against Chinese food… Steakhouses can go head-to-head (table-to-table) with seafood joints, diners can cross swords (forks?) with sushi spots. Considering the sheer volume—not to mention the terrifically high quality—of the contenders, it’s no wonder this is one of the hottest races in this year’s red-hot Best of Long Island competition.

The Best Restaurant category is a special category, different from all the rest in the program. It’s the only category that doesn’t require nominations. Instead, it takes winners from last year and pits them against each other in the ultimate dining contest. Last year, 22 restaurants went up against one another. Ultimately, Peter Luger’s of Great Neck came out victorious and was named Best Restaurant on Long Island.

This year offers a whole new slew of delicious choices and another 22 restaurants to choose from. So break out the GPS and make the most of your weekends with this year’s list—voting ends December 15, giving you enough time try a different place each weekend.

As Eisenhower once said, “The future of this list is in the hands of the Long Island voter,” or something like that. And come December 15, you will have helped satisfy other Long Island palates in the never-ending quest for good dining digs.

Here are this year’s nominees for Best Restaurant:

Aegean Café – Sayville

Besito – Multiple Locations (ML)

Big Daddy’s Restaurant – Massapequa

Black Forest Brew Haus – Farmingdale

Kotobuki Restaurant – ML

Kwong Ming – Wantagh

L.L. Dent – Carle Place

Lemonleaf Grill – Hicksville

Meson Ole – Patchogue

Minado – Carle Place

Mirabelle in Three Village Inn – Stony Brook

Pancho’s Border Grill – Great Neck

Peter Luger’s – Great Neck

Prime Restaurant- Huntington

Rachel’s Waterside Grill – Freeport

Shandon Court – East Islip

Smokin Al’s Famous BBQ Joint – ML

The Curry Club – ML

Tula Kitchen – Bay Shore

Vincent’s Clam Bar – Carle Place

Wild Fig – ML

Wild Ginger – East Northpor