4 casual New American restaurants that are perfect for summer

PLTs at City Cellar in Westbury feature Duroc

PLTs at City Cellar in Westbury feature Duroc pork, tomato jam and Bibb lettuce. (Credit: Jeremy Bales)

Summer suits these four New American restaurants, where the choices are many in food and drink, and the mood is upbeat.

CITY CELLAR, 1080 Corporate Dr., Westbury

Buoyant, brasserie-style, City Cellar can seem like a big party. Try the cheese and charcuterie board; sliders, from beef and lobster to meatball; and a PLT, with pork belly, tomato jam and bibb lettuce; horseradish-crusted filet mignon; and Kurobuta pork chop.

BRICKHOUSE BREWERY, 67 W. Main St., Patchogue

In a vintage downtown building, between sips of Nitro Boom Stout and Hurricane Kitty, sample the beer sausages with sauerkraut and mustard; fish-and-chips, made with cod; mahi mahi fish tacos; a Gorgonzola cheese-and-steak wrap; assorted fajitas; and, of course, burgers.

GREY HORSE TAVERN, 291 Bayport Ave., Bayport

There was a tavern here as early as 1868. The modern version, artful and inviting, satisfies with fried chicken and waffles at brunch and later with fried pickles with Sriracha aioli; a BLT with avocado; macaroni and cheese with bacon; burgers; pulled pork with polenta.

THE SAVOY TAVERN, 16 Merrick Ave., Merrick

Chef Kevin Liebov revives and freshens the spot that debuted last year with New American flair and a fondness for homey dishes. There's a little of both in a special of braised pork belly; Liebov's "tavern classics" take in juicy, roasted chicken with broccoli raab and a roasted potato wedge; and crunchy fish-and-chips, made with cod.

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