Long Island is getting its just desserts.
And after a taste, you'll think everyone must have been very, very good.
From the homey and the unadorned to the complex an the artful, sweets are back in style and in the moment. Some are updated classics or tweaked standards. Plenty are sprung from the imaginations of creative chefs. There are themed, multi sweet finales as well as singular eye-catchers.
Many restaurants are emphasizing seasonal and local ingredients. And more than a few are updating their desserts with daily specials, adding to the year-round staples such as cheesecake and ice cream.
Here are some favorites that stand out after months of dining in Nassau and Suffolk, north and south, east and west.
You always should leave room for them. And if you can't, remember the maxim: Life is short. Eat dessert first. (Selections by Newsday food staff)
'Holy Smoke', Louie's Grill & Liquors
(Credit: Daniel Brennan)
Louie's Grill & Liquors, Port Washington: The showier side of Louie's Grill & Liquors materializes at dessert with a finale termed "holy smoke"—a respectable hot fudge sundae positioned in a teapot that exhales "cool-breeze smoke".