If you're in a bistro state of mind: 3 picks

Almond in Bridgehampton is a stellar bistro from

Almond in Bridgehampton is a stellar bistro from start (the raw bar) to finish (chocolate pot de crème). (July 23, 2011) (Credit: Gordon M. Grant)

Bistros take many forms on Long Island, French to American and points in-between. Here are three worth visiting for classic dishes and more.

ALMOND, Bridgehampton

An all-seasons riff on the bistro theme, Almond stands out in almost every way, crossing borders, satisfying diners. Recommended: the raw bar, rack of lamb, grilled swordfish, linguine with clams, day-boat scallops, macaroni-and-cheese, burgers, chocolate pot de crème.

APERITIF, Rockville Centre

Dependably good, Aperitif has the art direction and set decoration to support the kitchen. Recommended: hanger steak au poivre, filet mignon sliders, coq au vin with mashed potatoes, seared duck breast with pear-and-cranberry chutney.

BISTRO CASSIS, Huntington

The lead restaurant in a group of bistros and brasseries, cozy Bistro Cassis keeps you returning for full-flavored food and first-class service, as well as the upbeat mood. Recommended: steak frites, hanger steak Bordelaise, roast chicken, onion soup, poached pear.

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