3 Long Island fine dining restaurants where the price is right

Roast pork is served with spinach, Macoun apples

Roast pork is served with spinach, Macoun apples and potatoes at the newly opened restaurant Market Bistro in Jericho. (Dec. 28, 2011) (Credit: Agaton Strom)

Before you make New Year's resolutions, visit a restaurant you may have missed during a busy year. Here are three well-priced spots that continue to beckon as brightly as when they opened.

MARKET BISTRO, Jericho

Market Bistro in Jericho is the type of place where first-time diners become regulars. It's a relaxed, friendly farm-to-table spot and an offspring of West End Cafe in Carle Place. Recommended: meatballs with polenta and grilled sourdough; the cheeseburger; loin of pork; creamy risotti; a gingerbread sundae.

CIAO BELLA!, Hewlett

Ciao Bella! in Hewlett deserves an exclamation point for its full-flavored Italian food and welcoming ways. The storefront establishment is an oasis on Broadway. Recommended: lemon chicken, cavatelli alla Bolognese, spaghetti alla carbonara, stuffed calamari, a pork version of osso buco, ricotta cheesecake.

NOCTURNE, Babylon

Nocturne in Babylon combines French and New American fare in a dining room that stays sunny in winter. The result is unfussy and focused. Recommended: onion soup capped with molten Gruyère, curry-seasoned halibut, buttery pan-seared scallops, pan-roasted wild striped bass, crème brûlée.

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