On this week’s episode of Restaurant Hunter on FiOS1 Long Island host Rob Petrone and East of NYC’s very own Mark Levine took viewers to some unexpected eats across the island. Follow through for a few picks that also made it on the show.
Little Sweet Jamaica is definitely one of those “diamond in the rough” restaurant finds on Long Island. The take out restaurant – not much to look at inside or out – is hiding a secret; creative and authentic Jamaican cuisine. The sisters who own the restaurant actually came all the way from Jamaica, where they worked in the restaurant industry, and started Little Sweet Jamaica not so long ago. The prices are rock-bottom, so locals tend to keep on coming back. There’s a mixture of interesting cuisine that you might be hard-pressed to find elsewhere; curry goat, braised oxtail and fried porgy all grace the menu. This is one restaurant where you can be adventurous at, and you can skip the cost of the airfare to get it.
Little Sweet Jamaica
Amityville, NY 11701
The Pit Stop is just that; a refueling station on one of the busiest thoroughfares on the island. What may seem at first to be just a roadside restaurant (in an old ice cream stand) is oh-so-much-more than that. It’s a haven for foodies who are looking to get a fresh meal at decent prices and with a pop of flavor. It’s the type of restaurant that you can go to with the family for a casual affair and eat at one of their indoor tables or you can do what we do often and take it to go to eat at home. Hit them up for their spaghetti squash marinara or the teriyaki glazed salmon salad for an undeniably fresh and healthy meal.
The Pit Stop
1706 Sunrise Hwy.
Merrick, NY 11566
Mitchell’s Restaurant may look like any other diner on Long Island, but their expansive menu isn’t the only thing that brings the customers in through the doors. Started as an ice cream parlor back in the mid 1900′s the Mitchell’s name is synonymous with all things ice cream on the island. They make their own; batch by batch in the diner’s basement and should you be lucky enough to stop by, you can enjoy that sundae or a few scoops of your own and experience what everyone has been talking about for generations.
2756 S. Long Beach Road
Oceanside, NY 11572