Eat This! LIW Editors’ Top Long Island Dining Recommendations

Long Island Weekly editors pick their top restaurants to eat at. (Image via Google Maps/Map Customizer)

While there is no shortage of restaurants on Long Island, they are not all created equal. Long Island Weekly editors select their top dining establishments—from fine eateries to food trucks and everything in between, these are our picks in no particular order:

Sweet Mandarin Asian Bistro

18 Cottage Row, Glen Cove, NY 11542
516-671-2228 •

Japanese restaurant offering Asian-fusion cuisine with sushi, hibachi grill, lunch dishes and great happy hour specials.

The Oak Room Tavern

242 Sea Cliff Ave., Sea Cliff, NY 11579
516-277-2350 •

Comfortable gastropub offering a seasonal American menu, signature cocktails and live entertainment.

Jolly Fisherman

25 Main St., Roslyn, NY 11576
516-621-0055 •

Family-run landmark has been serving seafood & steak in a traditional setting for more than 55 years.

Mim’s Restaurant

235 Roslyn Rd., Roslyn, NY 11576
516-625-7305 •

Bustling local go-to for generous portions of New American standards and early-bird deals.

Biscuits & Barbecue

106 E. Second St., Mineola, NY 11501
516-493-9797 •

Housed in a converted trailer, this down-home joint serves classic BBQ and Cajun-style comfort food.

Louie’s Oyster Bar & Grill

395 Main St., Port Washington, NY 11050
516-883-4242 •

Iconic seafood spot dating to 1905 with deck seating and bay view, plus weekly bands and mahogany bar.


1025 Park Blvd., Massapequa Park, NY 11762
516-797-2000 •

Petite eatery offering breakfast—cookie dough pancakes, cinnamon bun French toast and Benedicts—and lunch fare along with wine and beer in relaxed digs.

Churrasqueira Bairrada

144 Jericho Tpke., Mineola, NY 11501
516-739-3856 •

Portuguese rodízio offering sizzling grilled-meat skewers and other traditional fare.

Liberty Links

154 Atlantic Ave., Freeport, NY 11520
516-442-5601 •

Fully-cooked gourmet sausage sandwich shop.

Brews Brothers Grille

183 Franklin Ave., Franklin Square, NY 11010
516-216-5008 •

Dive bar with great food, including the best wings on Long Island.

Rolling Spring Roll

189 Main St., Farmingdale, NY 11735 • 516-586-6097
228 W. Jericho Tpke., Syosset, NY 11791 • 516-677-9090

Serves Vietnamese classics, including pho, banh mi and pork spring rolls.

Roast Sandwich House

827 Walt Whitman Rd., Melville, NY 11747 • 631-629-4870
1040 S. Broadway, Hicksville, NY 11801 • 516-261-9378

Sandwiches, salads, soups and sides with whole-roasted meats and fresh ingredients.

Hush Bistro

291 Main St., Farmingdale, NY 11735
516-293-4874 •

Upmarket bistro serving an eclectic range of New American fare, a tasting menu and local beer and wine.

Vespa Italian Kitchen & Bar

282 Main St., Farmingdale, NY 11735
516-586-8542 •

A rich tradition of quality food in Farmingdale Village with diverse food and beverage menu.

El Paso Taco Grill

787 Conklin St., Farmingdale, NY 11735
516-752-1872 •

Low-key counter-serve operation serving Mexican and some Salvadoran and Honduran standards.


430 Woodbury Rd., Plainview, NY 11803
516-932-8460 •

Family-owned gastropub with craft beers, small-batch liquors and hearty American fare.

The Republic Pub

217 Main St., Farmingdale, NY 11735
516-293-4400 •

Warm neighborhood pub offering hearty bar fare, craft beers on tap and trivia nights.

Yuzu Japanese Restaurant

301 East Meadow Ave., East Meadow, NY 11554
516-228-6638 •

Cornerstone establishment in East Meadow known for its modern interpretation of classic dishes created with fresh ingredients and its outstanding sushi cuisine.

3 Brothers Pizza Cafe

75 Merritts Rd., Farmingdale, NY 11735
516-755-1100 •

Italian restaurant and pizzeria firing brick-oven pies plus pastas and vegan dishes in a casual space.

Batata Cafe

47 Fort Salonga Rd., Northport, NY 11768
631-754-4439 •

Great for a light summer lunch, Batata offers lots of salads, wraps, bowls and entrées, including a separate innovative vegan menu.

Kyma Restaurant

1446 Old Northern Blvd., Roslyn, NY 11576
516-621-3700 •

Upscale Greek cuisine, serving seafood, meat and veggies, preferably on the quiet outdoor patio.

Ralphie’s Crossroads Cafe

219 S. Service Rd., Plainview, NY 11803 • 516-459-8673

Permanently parked eatery serving up hot soups and sandwiches, empanadas and American favorites.

Il Mulino

1042 Northern Blvd., Roslyn, NY 11576
516-621-1870 •

Upmarket restaurant serving classic, regional Italian cuisine in sleek surrounds.

Bryant & Cooper

2 Middle Neck Rd., Roslyn, NY 11576
516-627-7270 •

Modern steakhouse featuring meats aged on-site, seafood, traditional sides and an extensive wine list.

Cafe Baci

1636 Old Country Rd., Westbury, NY 11590
516-832-8888 •

Italian fare served in large portions for over 25 years at this lively trattoria.


600 Merrick Rd., Massapequa, NY 11758
516-620-0057 •

Italian-Spanish spot in a wood and brick setting offers various wines and tapas, other small plates.

Vinoco Wine Bar & Tapas Restaurant

147 Mineola Blvd., Mineola, NY 11501 • 516-307-8055
223 Main St., Farmingdale, NY 11735 • 516-927-8070

Happening nook with inventive Spanish, Italian, Green, Pan-Asian and Latin American-fusion small plates and a robust wine menu.


850 Franklin Ave., Garden City, NY 11530
516-877-2177 •

Mussels are the main event at this Belgian bistro with lots of imported beers and a lively bar scene.


Our picks are concentrated in Nassau County because we all live and work here in Nassau, but we’re open to expanding our horizons! Suggest your favorite restaurant in the comments below and maybe we’ll review it in a future edition of Long Island Weekly.

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