Black Peppers steak quesadilla with chipotle ranch sauce.

CARIBBEAN FLAVORS

Take your taste buds on an all-exclusive first-class flight to the Caribbean with a trip to Caribbean Flavors.

Some of the savory Caribbean foods that Caribbean Flavors offers include jerk chicken ($5.99 to $12.99), curry goat ($11.99 to $14.99), kingfish ($14.99), and oxtail ($12.99 to $16.00). While in the Caribbean spirit, wash down your meal with a selection of Caribbean beverages ($2.50) or “exotic beverages” ($5.00) and enjoy a nice delicious piece of cake for dessert ($3.50).

The restaurant also has a drive-thru, so you don’t have to leave your vehicle for this virtual trip to the Caribbean, no passport required.

407A Patchogue Rd, Port Jefferson Station, 631-743-9500, caribflav.com

RIPTIDES COCKTAILS AND GRILL 

In nature riptides are known to be hazardous, but on Long Island RipTides is a place for great food and service. 

Begin a maiden voyage by ordering a helping of fried calamari ($14), crispy cauliflower ($12), or grilled steak on a skewer ($14). Then go full speed ahead from a menu offering wraps ($9), traditional fish and chips ($18), and grilled Atlantic salmon with white wine cream served with baby sweet potatoes and string beans ($24), or prepare to battle the massive burger, which is two 8-once beef patties with onion confit, a fried egg, American cheese, lettuce, tomato, and bacon ($18). 

Finish off the grand voyage  with some chocolate lava cake ($8) or enjoy “the best pint of Guinness on the South Shore”  

168 East Montauk Hwy, Lindenhurst, 631-505-3200, riptidescocktailsgrill.com

BLACK PEPPER

Superstitions say spilling salt brings bad luck, but eating at Black Pepper makes it better.  

This up-and-coming restaurant offers customers the chance to enjoy street food in a cozy environment.  

Black Pepper, which prepares its food with fresh ingredients from LI farmers’ markets, offers a variety of halal options such as fish tacos ($4.25), burrito bowls with a choice of grilled chicken, grilled steak, or gyro served with rice, black beans, pico de gallo, queso fresco, guacamole, and salsa ($6.99), mouthwatering Philly cheesesteaks ($5.99), gyros ($5.99), and nachos ($6.99). 

Vegetarian customers can rejoice as all Monday are Meatless Mondays, a time when Black Pepper offers a special vegetarian tasting menu for dinner. 

2224 Jerusalem Ave., North Merrick, 516-679-8900, blackpepper.nyc

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