Five of the Best Restaurants on Long Island
Long Island is an incredible place to live. We have all four season, snow in the winter (that is not always a good thing) vibrant springs, colorful falls and of course the warm, sometimes hot, summers. We have NYC right next-door and the beautiful and charming Hamptons on the other side. With so much to offer it is no wonder we are inundated with a wide variety of eateries and restaurants, I’m writing this little guide to help point you ladies and gentlemen in the right direction, I present to you five of the best places to eat on Long Island.
First off we have a personal favorite, Pop’s Seafood Shack and Grill in Island Park. Pop’s is the ultimate warm weather spot. Located right on the water with Indoor and outdoor seating, fire pits out on the beautiful sandy beach’s, a full bar, and live music Pop’s has it all. The drink menu is extensive and includes a plethora of frozen deliciousness that makes you feel as if you’re in a tropical paradise. The best part about Pop’s is the incredible seafood menu from the muscle pots to the tuna lollipops you really can’t go wrong with this menu. Own a boat? Pull up to Pop’s private marina for exclusive dine and dock service!
Next up is The Harbor Club at Prime. Situated on Long Island’s legendary Gold Coast the Harbor club boasts some of the finest seafood cuisine on the east coast. The venue itself is stunning offering floor to ceiling glass windows allowing their guests to view the colorful sunsets over the magnificent Huntington Harbor. Impeccable service, fine dining at its best and award winning dishes from Prime’s executive chef Gregg Lauletta make the Harbor Club an absolute iconic establishment.
Il Classico; gorgeous, classy and romantic are just a few of the words used to describe this unbelievable Italian restaurant. The Il Classico experience begins as soon as you walk in the door, the perfectly professional staff will greet you and seat you and then prepare to be transported to old Italy. When I tell you the food and atmosphere of this restaurant is truly authentic words do not do it justice, it is something that absolutely must be experienced. The atmosphere is incredible but the food is the major draw here, it is the freshest Italian food on Long Island by far and the true flavor of some of Italy’s signature dishes can only be experienced at Il Classico. A great date spot for a special night, one of my favorite parts about this establishment is that they will never rush you!
Vetro Restaurant and Lounge by Russo’s on the Bay is next on our list. A stunning rooftop lounge combined with a mouthwatering menu has won this establishment the coveted five star diamond award. This award is more then justified by the personable staff, the glowing ambiance and the savory dishes prepared by World-renowned Chef, Michael DeGeorgio. Whether you’re seeking a fine dining experience or just a relaxing drink in the rooftop lounge Vetro has it all.
Insignia is the latest fine dining restaurant brought to you by Anthony Scotto. Redefining the traditional steak house this stylish establishment offers not only the finest prime dry-aged streak but an array of sushi and Asian inspired cuisine as well. One of the most incredible features of this establishment is the décor, imagine a historic Hamptons mansion replete with copper roofing, quarried stone and cedar shakes combined with the energy and vibe of a trendy Manhattan restaurant that’s Insignia. Insignia also offers private dining rooms and the option to rent out the entire restaurant for any function be it corporate or celebratory, so the next time you want to take the sales team to diner rent one of their exclusive private dining rooms!
So no matter what our in the mood for, seafood on the beach, classic Italian or Asian fusion Long Island has it all. You will be doing yourself a great injustice if you pass on any of these phenomenal venues!
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