12 Best Restaurants In Long Island, NY - Updated 2021

Best Restaurants on Long Island, NY
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You may only know Long Island as the place where Gatsby threw his ostentatious parties or where many flock to for a relaxing summer. But, there’s so much more to Long Island than all of this. Long Island is full of so many amazing sights like Port Jefferson Village, Oheka Castle, and Montauk Lighthouse and also delicious restaurants serving a variety of dishes from seafood to pasta and more! So when you inevitably find yourself wandering these stretches of land, be sure to check out the best restaurants in Long Island, NY, for a meal you won’t forget.

You can choose among these best hotels and family resorts for a place to stay on the island, too!

1. Verona Ristorante - Farmingdale

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One of the best places to dine in Long Island when you’re craving Italian food is Verona Ristorante in Farmingdale. This bistro serves authentic and hearty dishes that will be enjoyed by everyone in your group, from pasta to delectable seafood, you can expect only the best at Verona. If you’re planning a romantic dinner with your partner or an intimate birthday celebration with your closest friends and families, the restaurant can arrange private functions that will be tailored to your needs too!

Verona Ristorante

Address: 1255 Melville Rd, Farmingdale, NY 11735, United States

Website: Verona Ristorante

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 12pm - 10pm; Fri: 12pm - 11pm; Sat: 1pm - 11pm; Sun: 1pm - 9pm

2. Maureen's Kitchen - Smithtown

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Start your day with a Steak Omelette

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There’s no better way to start the day than being served with overloaded comfort food. Maureen’s Kitchen in Smithtown is the place to be for breakfast fans who enjoy a simple menu served home-style. For sweet options, this joint offers pancakes like lemon-poppy ricotta with blueberries or Reese’s topped with banana. They also have a croissant french toast and skillet selection for breakfast. Maureen’s Kitchen is typically open until 2pm only, so treat your family to a hearty lunch here too!

Maureen's Kitchen

Address: 108 Terry Rd, Smithtown, NY 11787, United States

Website: Maureen’s Kitchen

Opening hours: Mon: 7am - 2pm; Wed - Fri: 7am - 2pm; Sat - Sun: 7am - 1:45pm (closed on Tue)

3. Sandbar - Cold Spring Harbor

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Sandbar is run by James Beard Award-nominee chef Guy Reuge, who created a true farm-to-table restaurant in a trendy, upscale environment. The menu at Sandbar rotates with the season to give you the freshest most flavorful ingredients in your favorite seafood specialties and even in comfort food. The casual yet classy ambiance of this place to eat in Long Island will make you feel like you’re a member of an exclusive boat club, so you may want to leave your jeans at home for this one. But don’t let the upscale environment scare you away, dinner entrees start at around 24 USD and lunch entrees hover around 15 USD.

Sandbar

Address: 55 Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724

Website: Sandbar

4. Mosaic - St. James

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Mosaic may get its name from its ever-changing menu (maybe - honestly, I kind of made that part up) but the menu does change almost every day based on what fruits and vegetables are in season. Just kidding - there actually is not a set menu. Essentially you just let the chefs know of foods you are allergic to, any dietary needs, and any foods you really don’t like. Based on this information, the chefs will curate a wonderful five course meal for you, that you are sure to love. But warning, you will likely be out of your comfort zone, so this fine-dining place in Long Island may not be for those who don’t like to relinquish control.

Mosaic

Address: 418 North Country Road, St. James, NY

Website: Mosaic

5. Tullulah's - Bay Shore

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Like some of the other restaurants, Tullulah’s also features a rotating menu that offers a wide variety for all types of foodies, while being best known for its seafood, steak, and cocktails. But what is definitely special about Tullulah’s is its speakeasy vibe, that’ll transport you into a world of effortless perfection. Everything from the menu, to the drinks, to the people inside the restaurant just work with one another to create the perfect atmosphere. Plus they also have an amazing brunch.

Tullulah's

Address: 12 4th Avenue, Bay Shore, NY 11706

Website: Tullulah’s

6. Salumi - Massapequa

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While Salumi may not look like much from afar, its rustic vibe and tapas style menu will amaze you. The dishes are all inspired from Italian and Spanish cuisine, transporting you to these places without having to take a transatlantic flight. Some of the more popular menu items include the buratta small plate, empanadas (fillings change weekly), or any of their “boards” (Spanish, Italian, market, or make you own - they’re essentially different types of charcuterie plates). Salumi also serves brunch on the weekends, and has a pre-fixed menu for larger groups to make things easier!

Salumi

Address: 5600 Merrick Road, Massapequa, NY

Website: Salumi

7. Prime - Huntington

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Prime is prime. Sorry for the terrible pun (is that even a pun?), but Prime definitely tops the restaurant list for steak and sushi (yes this is a pretty popular combination of foods for restaurants on LI). It sure is one of the popular restaurants in Long Island. Prime’s dining room is beautiful and can make even the simplest of dinners an elegant occasion; when the weather permits you can even eat outdoors on the deck, overlooking the water. If you happen to be sailing in, you can even dock your boat at the restaurant and just stroll on in (just make sure you’re dressed appropriately)!

Prime

Address: 117 North New York Avenue, Huntington, NY

Website: Prime

8. Farm Country Kitchen - Riverhead

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The Farm Country Kitchen will bring you to a rustic wonderland. The restaurant is located inside a renovated colonial home, which boasts all kinds of old world charm. The chefs always bring you a taste of local flavor in all of their dishes, and include sandwiches, paninis, pasta, and meat options. If you’re only in the area for a bit or want to take your meal to go, they also have boxed lunches that still give you a delicious meal but also allow you to explore the beautiful vineyards too (if that’s your thing).

Farm Country Kitchen

Address: 513 West Main Street, Riverhead, NY 11901

Website: Farm Country Kitchen

9. Hush Bistro - Farmingdale

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Hush Bistro is more than your average bistro. It’s actually a bistro and bar that has a secretive yet cozy feel. Chef and owner of Hush Bistro, Marc Anthony Bynum, has actually won the Food Network show Chopped twice, so you know the food has to be great. He creates eclectic and innovative dishes, so while the menu may be limited, you won’t be disappointed with anything on it.

Hush Bistro

Address: 291 Main St Farmingdale, New York, NY 11735

Website: Hush Bistro

10. Brasserie Persil - Oceanside

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Bonjour. Comment ça va. Êtes-vous prêt pour un délicieux repas français? Well, if you’re looking for a delicious French meal, then the answer is yes, you are ready and Brasserie Persil is the place to go. The restaurant is large and elegant and features moderately priced bistro-brasserie fare with daily specials - and all are delectable. Some of the popular dishes include the steak frites, octopus salad, mussels, and of course the chocolate mousse.

Brasserie Persil

Address: 2825 Long Beach Road, Oceanside, NY 11572

Website: Brasserie Persil

11. Mint - Garden City

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For a taste of India, I would recommend making a visit to Mint. Mint offers a fresh twist on Indian Asian cuisines with a versatile menu and modern dining experience. The restaurant brings some of the best chefs in the area whose culinary talents clearly show in every dish they make. Mint is also a popular venue for events, as they host a slew of their own and also open up their private rooms for reservations. The rooftop lounge is also a popular place to enjoy your meals during the warmer weather.

Mint

Address: 1 Ring Rd W, Garden City, NY 11530

Website: Mint

12. Saverio's - Massapequa

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What would a list of Long Island’s best restaurants be without at least one mention of pizza? As such, I think Saverio’s really brings something new to the pizza scene with its imported Italian Caputo flour and house-made buffalo mozzarella that tops each of their pies. They cook all of their pizzas in an authentic (and imported from Naples) Mario Acunto oven, which are made to order so you’ll never have a cold pizza. Some favorites are the classic Margherita, Alla Vodka, and the Fig, Arugula, and Masarpone. After experiencing the best things to do in Long Island, enjoy a meal at this restaurant.

Saverio's

Address: 929 Broadway, Massapequa, New York 11758

Website: Saverio’s

Now which do you choose first?

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Do you choose a lovely panini overlooking the Long Island Wine Country? Or maybe take a chance and have a unique chef curated five course meal? Or maybe you’re sailing to Long Island so want to stop for some steak and sushi? Whatever your mood (or situation), one of these restaurants is sure to fulfill your desires and leave you craving for more! If you’re staying for the weekend, book a stay at a cheap motel or Vrbo vacation rental where you can conveniently access these amazing eateries.

Frequently asked questions about restaurants in Long Island

1. Which are the best restaurants in Long Island that deliver at home?

Don’t have time to leave the comfort of your home to have some food in and around Long Island? Mint in Garden City and Sandbar in Cold Spring Harbor come to your rescue. These are the best restaurants on the island that offer delivery.

2. Which are the most popular restaurants in Long Island?

It’s not hard to find a great place to eat around Long Island. Some of the best restaurants here are Verona Ristorante in Farmingdale, Maureen’s Kitchen in Smithtown, Saverio’s in Massapequa, and Brasserie Persil in Oceanside.

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Kavita is an avid traveler, enthusiastic foodie, and aspiring Instagrammer, whose life goal is to renew her passport because she’s maxed out her stamp pages. Kavita’s wanderlust started from a...Read more

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