At the end of any year it’s always fun to look back at where we’ve explored across Long Island and compile a small list of our favorite restaurants and dining destinations. This year we’ve done just that and we’re pleased to present to our readers our 2011 Year – End Favorites.
Here’s the thing about breakfast on Long Island; short of a few great diners and eclectic restaurants, there’s not much out there if you want a great weekend morning meal. Our quest for the best Long Island breakfast has ended and it can now be found at Left Coast Kitchen & Cocktails in Merrick.
In our first foray into video on East of NYC, we wanted to choose a restaurant with character and with a unique take on the food that they offer. We were lucky to have found both at Swallow in Huntington.
There’s something about the name “Tullulah” that attracts us. Maybe it whispers of something sultry and Southern, or perhaps it reminds us of that plucky character Towanda from the movie Fried Green Tomatoes. Whatever it may be, we wanted to eat at The Eatery at Tullulah’s in Bay Shore the minute we were told about its interesting food and affordable BYOB policy.
Of all of the types of cuisine available around the island, hamburgers will always be one of our favorites. Handheld and quick bite, they can be as plain or exotic as you like. Over the years, restaurateurs have been stepping up their game and have introduced a few new selections into the mix. Here, we dive straight into the fray and show you three of our favorite burger joints on Long Island.
We can’t say that we didn’t see this coming but Table 9, which has been under new ownership for the past year and a half or so has gone from operating to closed in the blink of an eye.
For each restaurant there’s a key piece of information that someone should be kind enough to tell newcomers. For some restaurants it’s the fact that the establishment engages in BYOB. For others, there are “don’t miss” specialties that you’d be a fool not to order. So we’re happy to share with you a key piece of information for one of Long Island’s finest restaurants, Maroni Cuisine, and it is simply this: Skip Lunch.
We visited Huntington Social for a late-night cocktail in mid-summer when the restaurant first opened up. We were impressed with the new decor, a vast and classy departure from the dark, dank Chesterfields that previously inhabited the space. Whimsical murals of both regal and naughty monkeys let you know as you walk in that Huntington Social aims to show you a good time. Lush red velvet banquettes and large curved booths lend a feeling of cozy elegance, and the long bar with plenty of seating is classic with low amber lighting, making everyone instantly more attractive. This second time we went with dining in mind, and we’re happy to report that the food was attractive as well.
Hidden amongst the 2-for-1 happy hours, freezer-burned fried clams, and pizza joints in Ocean Beach is a gem where delicious, creative food can be enjoyed alongside the lapping waves of the Great South Bay. Eating at The Hideaway will make you joyous that you found (and were admitted to) this “hideout” of epicurean delights.