On this week’s Restaurant Hunter on FiOS1 Long Island, host Rob Petrone and East of NYC’s Publisher, Mark Levine took you on a tour of some of the best Southern Eats across the island. We’ve compiled Mark’s talking points along with supporting pictures of some great BBQ spots that you should definitely visit.
Almost a week never goes by when we’re not stopping by our favorite hometown deli. Smith Street Deli is the neighborhood go-to spot for all phases of the day; they’ve got breakfast, lunch and dinner covered. So, if you’re ever in the Merrick area, this is one casual spot that you can’t afford to miss.
Little Sweet Jamaica is a diamond in the rough. Owned by sisters who started in Jamaica working in restaurants and eventually made their way out to New York, this is a local spot that is cheap on price and extravagant on flavor.
Refined, tasteful, contemporary. These are words that may be used to describe a vineyard or a winery tasting room. But a beer tasting room? Not so much. That all changed last Friday when Hoptron Brewtique threw open its doors on West Main Street in Patchogue. Beer lovers of Long Island – you’ve just been served.
Among the many restaurants that are in Rockville Centre sits its newest shining star, Kashi Japanese. A sister-restaurant to their other busy location on the north shore’s equivalent to Rockville Centre, Huntington Village (both with busy village atmospheres), Kashi will make you feel blue, but not in the way that you might be thinking.
Cafe Joelle, located on Main Street in beautiful Sayville, has been a shining star in the area since the 1990′s when it opened. It continues to draw locals who are looking for a quaint atmosphere and a quality meal at an affordable price.
One of the oldest restaurants in Long Beach, Gino’s is a family-owned establishment that has served generations of locals wonderful pizza and other italian specialties for as long as most can remember. It’s undergone renovations over the years and is probably more appealing on the eyes than the Gino’s that you remember from the past.
The Greene Turtle, a Maryland based sports bar and restaurant that has been expanding with franchises across the country is setting its sights on Long Island with a soon-to-open spot on Hempstead Turnpike in Franklin Square. This spot is the location of the old Boulder Creek and it will be re-branded to meet the specifics of The Greene Turtle.
Every town on Long Island should have a coffee spot / cafe like Brownstones. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a cup of expertly made coffee (or tea) and to indulge in some tasty breakfast foods as well. It’s a smaller cafe, so if you’re planning on staying for food on the weekends, be prepared for a short wait while the tables turn over; but it’s oh-so-worth-it.
Bigelow’s Seafood has been a mainstay of Long Island’s south shore since way back in 1939. Something of a relic around these parts, it’s known as one of the best spots in the area to get fresh seafood, fried clams and belly warming soup. It’s one of those restaurants that we always passed, swearing to go in the next time we were around. Thankfully, that visit just came. And it was worth the wait.