Most romantic restaurants on Long Island

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There are as many ways to define a romantic restaurant as there are those looking for one. Marcello and Sophia? Cary and Grace? Or maybe Sid and Nancy? You think it's easy? That said, here are a range of romantic restaurants recommended by our critics. And to really impress your amour, the best advice is to reserve early. --Compiled by Peter M. Gianotti, Joan Reminick and Erica Marcus

  • Critic rating 3
    The exterior of The 1770 House in East

    The 1770 House $$$$ | New American, Hotel/Motel, B&B/Inn 143 Main St. East Hampton What started as a home is now a landmark. The seamless service and the sensibility ...

  • User rating 3

    The American Hotel $$$$ | Hotel/Motel, American, French 49 Main St. Sag Harbor The American Hotel, which has eight guest rooms, is a local landmark. It's known for ...

  • Critic rating 2.5
    Customers lunch at Aperitif, a French bistro in

    Aperitif $$$ | French 252 Sunrise Hwy. Rockville Centre This updated bistro, warm and welcoming, has Parisian flair to spare. ...

  • Critic rating 2

    Bellissimo Ristorante $$ | Italian 786 Grand Blvd. Deer Park Hidden away in a stripmall, with heavy drapery in the windows that further disguise this ...

  • Critic rating 2.5
    Bistro 25 in Sayville has a new, sleek

    Bistro 25 $$ | New American 45 Foster Ave. Sayville A "recession friendly" place to eat, where the menu includes a small plate of truffled ...

  • Critic rating 2
    Brasserie Cassis in Plainview

    Brasserie Cassis $$$ | Bistros - Brasseries, French, Lounge 387 S. Oyster Bay Rd. Plainview Vintage ads, tiled floors and a full bar offer a full dining opportunity, with a ...

  • Critic rating 1.5
    Espana restaurant serves cuisine from Spain and is

    Espana Tapas and Wine Bar $$ | Small plates, Tapas (small plates), European, Spanish 655 Middle Country Rd. St. James An aura of authenticity informs this charming Spanish tapas and wine bar. Start with a ...

  • Critic rating 2.5
    The Frankly Thai restaurant is at 959 Hempstead

    Frankly Thai $$ | Thai, Restaurant, Vegetarian 959 Hempstead Tpke. Franklin Square Our reviewer thinks Frankly Thai in Franklin Square is, frankly, fine. ...

  • Critic rating 1.5
    Patrons eat on the second floor of Harbor

    Harbor Mist $$$ | American, Seafood 105 Harbor Rd. Cold Spring Harbor An easygoing eatery that steers a safe course through familiar American and Continental favorites, allowing ...

  • Critic rating 3
    Hendrick's Tavern in Roslyn features several dining areas,

    Hendrick's Tavern $$$$ | New American 1305 Old Northern Blvd. Roslyn Brothers George and Gillis Poll brothers have transformed what was the creaking George Washington Manor ...

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