New American, traditional appeal: 3 picks

Eric Himelfarb from Washington (state) sits underneath a

Eric Himelfarb from Washington (state) sits underneath a blackboard at one of the long tables at the newly opened restaurant Market Bistro in Jericho. (Dec. 28, 2011.) (Credit: Agaton Strom)

These are go-to restaurants, with eclectic menus, consistent quality and an upbeat mood. They suit the appetite any day of the week.

MARKET BISTRO, Jericho

Very enjoyable and very good, Market Bistro effortlessly balances the homey and the polished. Try the skillet-roasted chicken, steak frites, deviled eggs, house-made pickles, onion soup, mussels and fries, the Cuban sandwich, a major burger.

CITY CELLAR, Westbury

This wine bar and grill is a buoyant, brasserie-style gathering place for groups big and small. Very good food, including individual pizzas, a burger, pine nut-crusted goat cheese salad, steak frites, braised lamb shank, grilled yellowfin tuna.

HORACE & SYLVIA'S, Babylon

An easygoing local establishment, Horace & Sylvia's has variety to go with the friendly style. Look for the southern-fried chicken, pan-seared striped bass, fish taco starring grouper, sauteed haddock, good salads, sandwiches, wraps.

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