Tempted by taramasalata: 3 picks

A plate of taramasalata at Opa Grille located

A plate of taramasalata at Opa Grille located in Williston Park. (Jan. 25, 2013) (Credit: Yana Paskova)

What's coral in color, tastes of the sea and is usually spread on pita?

The answer is taramasalata, a major temptation at Greek, Turkish and Mediterranean restaurants. The specialty is made with fish roe -- usually cod -- that's whipped together with bread crumbs, olive oil and a splash of lemon.

Here are three restaurants with taramasalata worth seeking out:

AYHAN'S FISH KEBAB, Port Washington

At this seafood-centric Mediterranean spot with a fresh fish display at its entryway, the taramasalata is imbued with lovely marine flavor and light texture. Spread on house-made pita, it's irresistible.

286 Main St.; 516-883-1515


OPA GRILLE, Williston Park

The taramasalata at this Greek newcomer is a standout, with just the right briny depth.

432 Hillside Ave.; 516-307-9966


NERAKI GREEK MEDITERRANEAN GRILL, Huntington

At this attractive sea-blue Greek restaurant, the taramasalata is airy and oceanic. Order it alone or as part of a pikilia, or assortment of dips.

273 Main St.;  631-385-3473

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