3 dining spots for your holiday party

A group of diners linger over lunch at

A group of diners linger over lunch at Jewel restaurant in Melville. (Jan. 31, 2012) (Credit: Doug Young)

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Searching for a spot to hold a holiday party can be harder than it seems. Look for a very good or better restaurant that has the extra space. And book ASAP. Here are three.

MONSOON

This two-level, pan-Asian restaurant housed in a converted bank building offers a dramatic setting with food to match. Kung pao monkfish, shaking beef, dumplings and the top Beijing duck highlight the choices. $$$

48 Deer Park Ave., Babylon; 631-587-4400

JEWEL

Glittery Jewel commands the corner of Route 110 and the south service road of the Long Island Expressway in Rubie Corporate Plaza. It seats close to 250 in various spaces. Some favorites: 5 napkin burger, butter-poached lobster, tuna tartare, cider-braised pork. $$-$$$

400 Broadhollow Rd., Melville; 631-755-5777

CITY CELLAR

It seems as if there's a party underway most nights at City Cellar, the sprawling, brassy "American Modern" restaurant. Hits include lobster sliders and meatball sliders, flatbreads, macaroni and cheese, cavatelli in pork rag├╣ and bananas Foster cream pie. $$-$$$

1080 Corporate Dr., Westbury; 516-693-5400

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