For those of you finding me for the first time... WELCOME and thanks for dropping in via my BrimBLOG! If you are unfamiliar with who I am and what I do, you can definitely visit my Official Biography if at all interested - In a nutshell, I've been in entertainment for over forty years, toured a LOT and when it comes to food... let's just say I know what's what! For those of you who DO know me... you know what's up - Welcome back. Now, I have lived on Long Island my entire life - So when I tell you I LOVE the places below... it is from MANY years of experience weeding out the garbage and indulging in the BEST Long Island has to offer! I am essentially giving you my little nuggets of gold - the keys to my comprehensive guide of experiencing the Long Island dining scene; as well as some of my other favorite places to explore when I'm not out on tour. As a lover of great food and exciting, unique locations, I've curated a list of my RIDE-OR-DIE spots that are sure to tantalize your taste buds and ignite your sense of adventure. So, without further ado, let's dive into the culinary delights and unique experiences that my stomping grounds has to offer (No particular order).
1. Toast Coffeehouse
Address: 9 S Pk Ave, Bay Shore, NY 11706
Phone: (631) 647-9560
Albeit they have multiple locations... my personal favorite is the one located in the heart of Bay Shore, Toast Coffeehouse is the perfect spot to kick-start your day with a delicious breakfast or enjoy a cozy brunch. Their diverse menu, featuring an array of delectable dishes, ensures there's something for everyone. I've been a HUGE fan of Toast for a REALLY long time. Not only are the locations visually stimulating; but I've never had a bad meal there! Crazy combinations that will tantalize your tastebuds, portions where you can actually justify the cost and the coffee is incredible. Seriously folks - If you are a lover of coffee, they always have a variety of different tasty treats to wake up with! Polite and knowledgeable staff. Very highly recommended - one of the BEST spots for breakfast on Long Island.
Address: 872 Walt Whitman Rd, Melville, NY 11747
Phone: (631) 421-2317
For those craving a taste of Mexican flavor, Lucharitos in Melville is a must-visit. Again, they have multiple locations - I've only dined at this location though! This vibrant eatery serves up mouthwatering tacos, burritos, and other Mexican street food favorites, along with a selection of refreshing margaritas to quench your thirst. Now, as a former Professional Wrestler - I enjoyed the overall theme of the restaurant itself; however I'm thrilled that it's not just a gimmick... the food is AWESOME! Wings are tender and fell off the bone - great flavor behavior and true to the menu description. Big WIN is the Nacho Trio - HUGE mountain of nachos with a sampling of three meats (beef, pork and chicken)... I'd recommend. The Street Corn fries are also WINNING! Portions are all on point - No complaints. Server and staff are all pleasant and helpful. Highly recommended - Especially for wrestling fans! Just don't powerbomb anyone through a table... that's just not cool.
3. Sushi Time 560
Address: 560 Stewart Avenue, Bethpage, NY 11714
Phone: (516) 513-1515
Satisfy your sushi cravings at Sushi Time 560, a hidden gem in Bethpage. With an extensive menu of fresh and creative sushi rolls, sashimi, and other Japanese delicacies, this place is a haven for sushi enthusiasts. I've been dining here for years now and it's simply the best option for all-you-can-eat sushi in Nassau County on Long Island. The staff is great and the quality of food is top notch. - fresh and delicious! Pricing runs about $27.99 on Weekdays and $29.99 on Weekends. It's also a BYOB spot - So feel free to bring in your own alcohol to enjoy with your meal! Know before you go and you'll have an INCREDIBLE meal and full belly!
4. Hunan Dynasty
Address: 2292 Hempstead Tpke, East Meadow, NY 11554
Phone: (516) 731-4100
For those seeking truly authentic Chinese cuisine, Hunan Dynasty in East Meadow is the go-to spot. From traditional dishes to chef's specials, their menu showcases a range of flavors that will transport you to the heart of China. Legit - I have been indulging in their food for over twenty years!!! Always been a fantastic Chinese restaurant. Polite staff and delicious cuisine. Best authentic Chinese food in the immediate area. My go to is their General Tso's Chicken which is served crispy and spicy with a touch of sweetness. I would also suggest the Boneless Ribs and the Pu Pu Platter (always a WIN) that comes with spring roll, spare rib, beef stick, chicken wings, fantail shrimp and chicken stick - complete with a flaming skillet. Closed on Monday's and ONLY open until 9pm on the other days - So be aware and get there early! Must visit!!!
5. The Witches Brew
Address: 311 Hempstead Turnpike, West Hempstead, NY 11552
Website: Witches Brew Facebook
Phone: (516) 489-9482
Embrace your inner witch or wizard at The Witches Brew, a quirky and enchanting coffeehouse in West Hempstead. This mystical spot offers a variety of coffees, teas, and delectable treats, all served in a whimsical atmosphere. Cool environment. Relaxed; but very metal simultaneously. Seating indoors and outdoors on a variety of different sofas, couches and vintage looking chairs. Probably 100 different coffees and espressos to choose from. Vegan menu that's worth the visit. Hoison Brusslesprouts are a WIN. The Meatless Chicken Sandwich and Philly Cheesesteak are also both incredible. Desserts? What... off the chain! Been there over twenty years - Probably be there at least another twenty more. Very well worth the visit. Keep in mind - CASH ONLY... so be prepared!!! Also, the parking situation there is sketchy - so just expect that you won't find a spot as soon as you pull up.
6. Sabor a Colombia Restaurant
Address: 2953 Hempstead Tpke, Levittown, NY 11756
Phone: (516) 513-1520
Experience the vibrant flavors of Colombian cuisine at Sabor a Colombia Restaurant in Levittown. From savory empanadas to hearty Bandeja Paisa, this restaurant will take you on a culinary journey through the diverse flavors of Colombia. If I am being honest - I was NOT a fan at first... they had been in Hicksville and then in a different spot around the corner in Levittown, it was just not consistent and not, well... good. However, this NEW location is magical, a completely new outlook. The spot overall is gorgeous, they even have karaoke! I've had the food take-out and in house and it was legit a HUGE step above what was offered prior. They had good deals on uber-eats, so I gave them an opportunity.- Glad I did. I'm impressed with this glow up and you will be too! If you have a few people eating - Grab the Picada de la Casa aka House Deep Fry Platter which is $40 and comes with a HEAPING mound of grilled top round steak, pork loin, sausage, pork ribs, fried pork skin, potatoes, cassava, fried green plantains, blood sausage and corn cake. WINNING. Recommended.
7. Brooklyn Dip & Burger
Address: 1850 Front St, East Meadow, NY 11554
Phone: (516) 222-8000
Indulge in the ultimate comfort food experience at Brooklyn Dip & Burger. Known for their mouthwatering burgers and delectable dipping sauces, this East Meadow gem is a haven for burger aficionados. Great little burger place nestled in the middle of a small strip mall. Definitely a solid find - the burgers are made well and they're affordable too. If you can eat - take the challenge... 6 patties, each with cheese, and fries for only $25. Considering the regular burgers are around $18 - you're getting a great deal and enough to eat! Furthermore, the wings here are a WIN. Haven't had a bad wing there yet... pretty impressive. Highly recommended for a good bite to eat.
8. JBBQ & Shabu Shabu
Address: 11 E Main St, Bay Shore, NY 11706
Phone: (631) 647-7777
If you're craving Japanese barbecue or the interactive dining experience of shabu-shabu, JBBQ & Shabu Shabu in Bay Shore is the place to be. Cook your own meats and vegetables at your table, and savor the rich flavors of Japanese cuisine. Well worth the money - Staff is polite and helpful. Great experience if looking for something different. Marinated Ribeye is to die for... don't forget to use the butter! Word of advice - The portions are LARGE and it is all-you-can-eat, so don't go overboard or you'll eat yourself to oblivion! DO make sure to try everything though. Loads of fun to experience with the entire family. Happy to also note that the quality is consistent! Make sure to check them out when hungry and in the neighborhood.
9. NY Axe Throwing Range
Address: 11 Michael Ave, Farmingdale, NY 11735
Phone: (631) 237-0050
Unleash your inner warrior and try your hand at axe throwing at the NY Axe Throwing Range in Farmingdale. This unique entertainment venue offers a thrilling experience where you can compete with friends or simply blow off some steam. Wonderful experiences here! I'd been axe throwing before while on tour; however not at home - So I decided to visit NY Axe. The staff was fantastic, very knowledgeable, and dare I say extremely entertaining! Had Rei as the AXEpert instructor who was a complete star - He was fun, playful and most importantly... ensured our safety, learning how to throw properly. They also offer Safe Archery! Overall - VERY recommended. Perfect for beginners, intermediate or advanced. **Also if you are feeling randy - you can toss Ninja Throwing Stars too! Extremely cool place. WIN.
10. East Bay Diner Seaford
Address: 3360 Merrick Rd, Seaford, NY 11783
Phone: (516) 781-5300
For classic American comfort food and an inviting atmosphere, head to East Bay Diner Seaford in Seaford. From all-day breakfast options to juicy burgers and hearty sandwiches, this diner has it all. Everything is seriously fantastic! Hands down a GREAT diner experience. My server was spectacular - on point, attentive, helpful and friendly! Honestly, the guy could give a seminar. My double burger is always cooked to perfection, my deep fried home fries I requested were ridiculously delicious... crispy and not burned! Coffee is smooth and delightful. The location itself is also visually stimulating with an underwater theme and I truly enjoy it to the fullest extent. Recommended.
11. Green Street Eatery
Address: 7 Emerson Ave, Levittown, NY 11756
Phone: (516) 806-2557
Green Street Eatery in Levittown is a haven for Vegan food lovers, offering a diverse menu that encompasses everything from gourmet tacos to fresh colorful bowls and a variety of flavorful dishes. Don't miss their delectable desserts! Truly enjoyable experience... the open and bright restaurant (even on a cloudy and rainy day) has an ambiance that is unparalleled. Everything in the location was repurposed for this little Vegan spot - designed by the owners themselves. Reminiscent of a café meets coffee house - they have an array of tasty treats that make you forget you're eating healthy! Everything looks as good as it tastes and I'm always looking forward to trying more. They also have an outdoor area that is adorable. This is a safe space for people who need one - as well as a GREAT little spot to eat! Keep in mind, they're closed on Monday and Tuesday; however have a special Brunch every Sunday. Highly recommended.
12. Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse
Address: 235 Old Country Rd, Garden City, NY 11514
Phone: (516) 588-7100
Ok Food Hounds... for an unparalleled dining experience, visit Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse in Carle Place. Indulge in the traditional churrasco-style dining, where expertly grilled meats are carved tableside for an unforgettable feast. If you didn't know already - Fogo De Chao is one of the most fabulous places on earth to dine. Don't believe me? Visit for yourself - the fact of the matter is that THIS Foodie knows what's up and has been dining at Fogo across the country for the last fifteen years and it is ALWAYS quality! When they finally opened up the location here on Long Island... I was ecstatic considering I knew what was coming. When I tell you that every bit of your experience with Fogo Long Island is incredible - EVERY bit of it is incredible and beyond. First and foremost - the ambiance is second to none. This location does not disappoint as it is wide open, gorgeous and warming all in one. The staff is beyond attentive - you are treated like a King or Queen from the moment you step through the door until the moment you leave... the management is hands
on and personally ensures that your full Churrasco Experience will be a memorable one - ANYONE who says otherwise is lying... professionalism is everything to their staff! The waitstaff ALWAYS ensures that you know the ENTIRE layout of how things work - I have been there an umpeenth amount of times, like clockwork - the FIRST thing that is asked is, 'Have you ever been to Fogo before?' followed by an expert's interpretation of what is to expect and what to do next - it is their textbook greeting. Drinks are always delicious, especially their Caipirinha - the official flavor of Fogo... fantastic, fairly priced and dangerous because you can knock them back easily (Lime, Passion Fruit, Mango are a couple of the flavors). Now the food... just get the full blown experience and let the meat sweats take you away. Seriously, with at least twelve or so different selections of meat served to you at any given time - you will not be disappointed! Want your meat cooked a specific way? Let the Gauchos know and not only will they bring it
to you to your liking, they will REMEMBER the way you like it and continue to ensure you have everything to your taste bud's delight! The Market Table is immense and there are SO many flavor behaviors to choose from that it'll spin your head!!! I suggest the spicy, candied bacon that is a specialty - I go gaga for it every time I visit. Furthermore, throughout the pandemic - they did their best to give back to our first responders, feeding the doctors, nurses, firefighters, etc. to make sure they were all taken care of. Not to mention, they fed their entire staff and families throughout the weeks to ensure they were taken care of even though the work was not there... these guys are heroes in my book. Family friendly place with something for everyone (even if you are not a meat lover) - I wholeheartedly suggest that you pop in for a taste yourself... you will NOT be disappointed - I promise you that.
13. Ben's Kosher Delicatessen Restaurant
Address: Multiple locations in Woodbury and Syosset, NY
Phone: Varies by location
With multiple locations throughout Long Island, the LEGENDARY, Ben's Kosher Delicatessen Restaurant is a beloved institution. Enjoy their unbelievably mouthwatering corned beef and/or pastrami sandwiches, matzo ball soup, and a wide range of Jewish delicacies. They brine all their own meats and every bite is filled with flavor and love. Pricey; but SO delicious! Best spot for Kosher eats hands down. The meat is high quality and well worth spending a couple of extra shekels! If you're going with someone else - Order a Pastrami Sandwich and a Corned Beef Sandwich then split them down the middle... it costs less than getting the one sandwich mixed with pastrami and corned beef! LOVE.
14. Casa Vieja
Address: 1768 Brentwood Road, Brentwood, NY 11717
Phone: (631) 434-8255
Casa Vieja in Brentwood offers an authentic taste of Latin American cuisine. From traditional dishes like mofongo to succulent grilled meats, this restaurant will transport you to the heart of the Mexico. One of my go to meals here is the La Bandeja Paisa O Montanera (grilled steak, or ground beef, fried egg, fried pork rinds, sweet plantain and griddle cake) which is a HUGE portion of food and every bite is tastier than the last. If you need a fun location to have a birthday party, anniversary or baby shower - They have a nice sized party room to plan your perfect celebration paired with Latin American delectable delights! Always a great experience. Very much recommended.
15. Punto Rojo Bakery Hicksville 2
Address: 228 W Old Country Rd, Hicksville, NY 11801
Phone: (516) 595-7291
Indulge your sweet tooth at Punto Rojo Bakery Hicksville 2. This delightful bakery offers a wide array of pastries, cakes, and desserts, perfect for satisfying your cravings. Best version of a Cuchifritos that you'll get locally. Pricing is fair and food is well worth it - Fresh and authentic. Chicharron, maduro, pan, empanadas, flan, rice and beans... they even have morcilla (black sausage) which is interestingly difficult to find. Point is - you want it... they've got it! Staff is friendly and get you in and out rather quickly. They have a full bakery as well for all your sweets needs. Very recommended.
16. Phil's Pizzaria & Restaurant Syosset
Address: 265 Jericho Turnpike, Syosset, NY 11791
Phone: (516) 364-6900
When it comes to pizza in Syosset, Phil's Pizzaria & Restaurant is a local favorite. Feast on their thin-crust pies loaded with fresh toppings, or explore their menu of Italian classics. Beautiful restaurant with a friendly and fantastic staff, as well as a creative owner who is always on premises working! Food is incredible - They have fun, innovative dishes and pizza pies daily that change the game! Meanwhile, I absolutely LOVE the Valentine's Day array of dishes, keep that in mind for the holiday. Also thoroughly enjoyed the Brimstone Loaded Baked Potato Pizza... it's another level (YES - That is my collaborated menu item). I've never had a bad meal there - just make sure you visit them as there are other Phil's locations around Long Island that are not as awesome. I would highly suggest stopping in for a bite!
17. Popei's Clam Bar
Address: 384 North Wantagh Avenue, Bethpage, NY 11714
Phone: (516) 822-9169
For a taste of the sea, head to Popei's Clam Bar in Bethpage. Indulge in their famous clams on the half shell, savory seafood pasta dishes, and other fresh seafood options. Excellent. There's a reason they're always packed. Make sure to check out their all-you-can-eat nights - ALWAYS a wonderful experience! Not only do they have a great staff; but Joe the owner personally checks on everyone throughout the meal. Enjoy the complimentary Garlic Bread, it's yummy! Only drawback is you eventually get too full. Currently the all-you-can-eat ribs are on hold; however Tuesday and Thursday's are all-you-can-eat shrimp - absolutely delicious!!!
18. Me & You Restaurant
Address: 326 Broadway, Bethpage, NY 11714
Phone: (516) 719-0088
Me & You Restaurant in Bethpage offers a diverse classic American menu that serves fast-casual breakfast, lunch and dinner. From juicy burgers to fresh salads and flavorful wraps, there's something for everyone. Great little breakfast spot - perfect for a morning date! Food is delicious, well portioned and the staff is friendly and attentive. The 3 Egg Omelet is the largest thing I've personally had thus far here - it's worth the price. Seating availability is hit or miss - so keep that in mind and call ahead to ensure there's not an hour wait! Also, they'll occasionally close early for a private party - so again... when in doubt, call! Enjoy!
19. The Refuge
Address: 515 Broadhollow Road, Melville, NY 11747
Phone: (631) 577-4444
The Refuge in Melville is a haven for beer enthusiasts, offering an extensive selection of craft beers on tap. Pair your brew with their mouthwatering gastropub fare, including burgers, sandwiches, and wings. ALWAYS an incredible edible experience! It's like stepping into Disney World; however here on Long Island... the ambiance and overall atmosphere is superior, food is second to none and drinks are to die for. Perfect for Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Parties... you can't go wrong any which way you slice it. I am infatuated with their Wings (among a ton of other menu items) - Also, don't sleep on the different Pizzas as they are to die for. They have a wonderfully playful drink menu with lots of different options to taste test... I personally love the Sucker Punch and their Signature Frose - YUM. Watch for their schedule of events too - The have a Barkin' Brunch a couple of times a month where you can dine with your canine companion in their gorgeous outdoor area, Rose and Reggae, as well as a variety of other fun dining experiences. It's a must visit!
20. Morning Rose Cafe
Address: 317 Bedford Avenue, Bellmore, NY 11710
Phone: (516) 221-5010
Start your day off right at Morning Rose Cafe in Bellmore. Their menu features a variety of breakfast and brunch options, from fluffy pancakes to savory omelets, all made with fresh ingredients. The food is delightful - never fails to be on point and one of my favorite breakfast locations. The menu changes throughout each season, so eat up on your favorites before they are gone! To be completely transparent - at times the staff can be unthoughtful and pretentious - Also, if your full party isn't there, you won't be sitting until they get there. Furthermore, it is difficult to get a reservation here - You'll never get a seat just showing up! Know before you go and a happy little camper you'll be!
**Side Note: They are located in a cute little town area where you can peruse the shops and enjoy a snack or two along the way! Soul Brew is a cute little coffee shop with tasty treats, Three Dog Bakery if travelling with your pup, Gennaro Jewelers for quality jewelry, or catch an inexpensive movie at the Bellmore Playhouse. There is a lot in that small strip to explore!
21. Ceci's Arepa Joint
Address: 503B Newbridge Rd, East Meadow, NY 11554
Phone: (516) 765-3180
Experience the flavors of Venezuela at Ceci's Arepa Joint in East Meadow. Savor their signature arepas, stuffed with a variety of fillings, along with other traditional Venezuelan dishes. Solid flavor - friendly staff. Everything made fresh to order, so don't expect a quick turnaround time. Rome wasn't built in a day and neither are arepas. Very much worth a visit. Small seating area for indoor dining if interested; but mainly a grab and go. Now you will notice that they have Arepas and Chachapas as your choices - The difference between cachapas and arepas is the type of corn used for their preparation. Sweet corn is normally used for cachapas, while white corn typically for arepas. I personally like the Cachapas better and one of my go to's here is The Joint on Chachapa - Pulled Flank Steak seasoned with South American spices, Black beans, Fried sweet plantains, and freshly grated white cheese on a cachapa. How many times can I write chachapa in one paragraph?!? Anyway, go check them out and enjoy the flavors of Venezuela!
22. Uncle Giuseppe's Marketplace
Address: 890 Walt Whitman Rd, Melville, NY 11747
Phone: (631) 683-5900
Uncle Giuseppe's Marketplace in Melville is a food lover's paradise. This Italian market offers a wide range of gourmet ingredients, prepared foods, and specialty items to satisfy all your culinary needs. Beautiful store - Clean. SO many options and different items to choose from including olives to pasta and everything in-between. Very impressed with this classy, upscale supermarket. When I tell you that there are SO many things to see... it is an understatement! I don't think I have EVER seen that many variations of olives or pickles in my life, and I have been a long time fan of Pickle Me Pete! Make sure to check out their prepared food section which is MASSIVE and filled to the Brim (see what I did there), with delicious and nutritious meals that are ready to go! People also line up to grab their pizzas (so get there early if you're looking to score one. The fresh sushi section is wonderful and decently priced. Very much worth a visit - Make sure you go to this location though... the smaller ones are not necessarily as impressive.
23. Thomas's Ham & Eggery Diner
Address: 325 Old Country Road, Carle Place, NY 11514
Phone: (516) 333-3060
Thomas's Ham & Eggery Diner in Carle Place is a beloved local spot for classic diner fare. From fluffy pancakes to hearty sandwiches and flavorful omelets, they serve up breakfast favorites all day long. I've been dining here for years and it's always on point. Food is decently priced and always deliciously yumm. I am a HUGE fan of their Omelets, as well as their Stuffed French Toast - Sometimes the hardest part is figuring out what you are going to order! One of the things that I don't like is that they don't deep fry the home fries; however not all places do - So I can't be too upset... instead I'll sub for fries if I'm feeling like I need that crunch. Drawbacks are that there's minimal seating and the place is always packed - so prepare to wait. Must visit and experience yourself. A MUST VISIT on Long Island.
24. Vincent's Clam Bar
Address: 179 Old Country Road, Carle Place, NY 11514
Phone: (516) 742-4577
Vincent's Clam Bar in Carle Place is a seafood lover's dream. Indulge in their fresh seafood specialties, including clams, oysters, lobster, and more, served in a casual and lively atmosphere. Always pleased with the food and service. Large portions. Great for celebrating with family or friends - Keep in mind this is a VERY popular place and it can get loud in there sometimes with all the people; however you can still have a romantic dining experience if that is your intention. You can catch Lunch specials during the week, so keep that in mind. Quite simply, they are the Best Italian Restaurant on Long Island - You can't prove me wrong. My go to favorite is the Chicken Parmigiana with Angel Hair Pasta (topped with crispy garlic and oil) - Sweet Sauce (sometimes I substitute with the Spicy Sauce). If you'd like to try their delicious homemade sauce - You CAN order it; but the processing takes awhile, so be patient... it's worth the wait. VERY suggested!
25. Dang BBQ Roadhouse
Address: 3864 Merrick Rd #11, Seaford, NY 11783
Phone: (516) 682-2855
Satisfy your barbecue cravings at Dang BBQ in Seaford. From slow-smoked ribs to tender pulled pork and flavorful sides, this spot is a haven for barbecue enthusiasts. Incredible BBQ joint with two other locations across Long Island. Food is fresh and fantastic with a plethora of your favorite barbeque dishes. Try my menu CHALLENGE: The Badass Brimstone Bomber Sammich (Burnt ends, onion straws, mozzarella cheese and bacon on a garlic bread hero with Diablo Habanero hot sauce)! Go get yourself some delicious grub stat - I promise you that you'll enjoy every bite!
**Side Note: Make sure to check out their other locations - Especially the Dang BBQ Cantina located at Sim Play in Hauppauge! Grab a private room and enjoy a meal and some virtual golfing (they have a TON of different games to choose from).
26. Blast from the Past
Address: 125 W Main St, Bay Shore, NY 11706
Phone: (631) 969-3434
Immerse yourself in nostalgia at Blast from the Past in Bay Shore. This absolutely SICK retro-themed toy store is quite possibly one of the coolest places that I've had the opportunity to visit! It is legit FILLED with more throwbacks than you can handle! When I say filled... I'm serious - I actually accidentally bumped into a rack of stickers the last time I was there and well... yeah. Insane inventory on hand of vintage toys, video games, comics, records and movies. Every fandom represented in massive quantity. Collectors local, national and international should have this place on their radar. Impressive and highly recommended for a visit - you'll leave with something guaranteed.
Address: 13 E Main Street, Patchogue, NY 11772
Phone: (631) 569-5944
Transport yourself to the tropics at RHUM in Patchogue. This Caribbean-inspired eatery features a menu filled with flavorful dishes and an extensive selection of rum-based cocktails. I found this spot by accident and I was happy about it! The atmosphere is worth the price of admission and they know it - and own it. Tropical vibes with a menu that has a flair for the adventurous with flavor profiles to match! I enjoyed the special guacamole appetizer that they offer - lots of yum and a decent portion. The Sticky Ribs are my Achilles heel there - soft, fall off the bone and overly delicious... only issue is there's never enough! The tacos are fun as well; but keep in mind they're sold individually - so you'll need to order a few if you're really hungry. They also have a nice drink menu - I'd highly recommend.
28. Sweetbriar Nature Preserve
Address: 62 Eckernkamp Drive, Smithtown, NY 11787
Phone: (631) 979-6344
Nestled amidst the tranquil embrace of Mother Nature, Sweetbriar Nature Preserve is a haven for the soul and a sanctuary for biodiversity. Located in the heart of Smithtown, this enchanting preserve offers a captivating escape from the hustle and bustle of urban life. Sweetbriar beckons with its lush woodlands, meandering trails, and a symphony of songbirds that serenade visitors as they explore this ecological gem. Here, every step unveils a new discovery. More than just a retreat for humans, Sweetbriar Nature Preserve is a vital refuge for rescued animals of all types - protected by the dedicated conservation efforts of the preserve's incredible staff. I LOVE visiting with all the animals who call the preserve home - I've already claimed their resident Barn Owl, the gorgeous Nebula, for my own. Earlier this year, I had the honor of releasing a rehabilitated coyote back into the wild with them - it was AWESOME... Read the story HERE. Check our their Butterfly Garden when in season and their many events held throughout the year!
29. Swingbellys Beachside BBQ
Address: 909 W Beech Street, Long Beach, NY 11561
Phone: (516) 431-3464
Swingbellys Beachside BBQ in Long Beach is the perfect spot to satisfy your barbecue cravings while enjoying the beach vibes. From smoky meats to flavorful sides, this beachside joint won't disappoint. One of the BEST BBQ joints on Long Island! Cool and different looking location with an attentive and friendly staff. Portions are huge and ridiculously tasty - I could eat the rib-tips with chipotle honey sauce for days... intense flavor behavior in every bite! Definitely get the ribs (meaty cuts with a lot of yumm) and pair it with the barbecue beans... watch how your mouth does a tastebud tango! Very highly recommended. **Eat outside if the weather permits.
30. Dortoni Bakery and Pastry Shoppe
Address: 3264 Hempstead Tpke, Levittown, NY 11756
Phone: (516) 796-3033
Indulge your sweet tooth at Dortoni Bakery and Pastry Shoppe in Levittown. From mouthwatering cakes to delicate pastries and cookies, this family-owned bakery has been serving up sweet delights for over 50 years. Always consistently delicious. A little on the pricy side; however worth it for the quality. Due to their popularity - They have since opened up multiple other locations around the Island; however this is the OG and should certainly be visited first! If you are looking to impress for a birthday, anniversary, baby or wedding shower - Wedding... grab your cake from Dortoni's as the flavor is second to none.
31. Old Bethpage Village Restoration
Address: 1303 Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage, NY 11804
Phone: (516) 572-8409
Step back in time at Old Bethpage Village Restoration. This living history museum allows you to experience life in the 19th century through historic buildings, costumed interpreters, and interactive exhibits. Incredible visit into our Historic past here on Long Island. Certainly a must visit. Definitely make sure to catch their Ghost Tours and their annual events! Oh, if you are a Baseball fan - They have a fantastic old time baseball tournament that sees people dressed in old uniforms on an old school field! One of my personal favorite things to do is stop in at the General Store for a pretzel rod, old style Hershey's bar and a drink of Sarsaparilla! Make sure you plan out being here for a day to ensure you see it all.
32. Steve's Piccola Bussola II
Address: 41 Jackson Ave, Syosset, NY 11791
Phone: (516) 364-8383
For an authentic Italian dining experience, visit Steve's Piccola Bussola II in Syosset. Indulge in their flavorful pasta dishes, fresh seafood, and classic Italian desserts. Always delicious food and exquisite service. Everything is served Family Style and the portions are plentiful - I suggest starting with the Fried Mozzarella Balls & Sauce. The Chicken Parmigiana is INCREDIBLE... make sure that is on your table for devouring! They also have a Westbury location at 649 Old Country Rd, Westbury, NY 11590 - Both are equally as good and well worth the visit.
33. K. Pacho
Address: 1270 Union Tpke, New Hyde Park, NY 11040
Phone: (516) 358-2222
K. Pacho, where culinary artistry meets vibrant ambiance in the heart of New Hyde Park. This spot is legit a celebration of flavors, where every dish tells a story of passion, innovation, and the freshest ingredients. Nestled in a chic and inviting setting, K. Pacho is the perfect destination for those seeking a memorable dining experience. Whether you're gathering with friends for a lively night out or enjoying a romantic dinner for two, they cater to all occasions. The menu of Latin inspired cuisine, expertly crafted by their talented chefs. Indulge in mouthwatering meals bursting with bold flavors, that are as beautiful as they are delicious. Their signature cocktails perfectly complement your meal. They believe in creating more than just a meal; they create moments. Staff is attentive and ensures every visit is a special one, and the lively atmosphere guarantees you'll leave with a smile. Discover why they're a cherished gem in New Hyde Park's culinary scene. Make sure you check on their event schedule to enjoy everything they have to offer!
Honestly, Long Island is a treasure trove of culinary delights and exciting locations, offering something for every palate and preference. From cozy coffeehouses to ethnic eateries, barbecue joints to historic sites, this list encompasses some of my favorite places to frequent. Whether you're a food lover, an adventure seeker, or someone looking to explore the rich history and culture of Long Island, these establishments and locations are sure to leave a lasting impression. So, the next time you find yourself on Long Island, don't forget to check out these fantastic restaurants and destinations for an unforgettable experience.
If any of you decide to check out some of my picks - Please drop me a message to let me know on my Instagram or in the comments below! If everyone enjoys this grouping, I'll put together another grouping... there are SO many GREAT places to visit. As always Food Hounds... until next time, Eat Well and Prosper. - Brim