Most Instagram-Worthy Restaurants on the Island

From decadent food options to unforgettable views, here are Long Island’s most photogenic restaurants and what you should be ordering at each of them.

Musu

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image: Musu

With rustic décor reminiscent of a pre-social media era we all miss, this Sea Cliff joint is totally picture-worthy. Between the phenomenal food (try the Chilean sea bass with miso glaze, trust us) and the relaxed vibe, you’re going to want to come back here over and over again. Make sure to chat with the owners and ask them what compelled them to open a restaurant. Reservations are not required but highly suggested. 304 Sea Cliff Ave., Sea Cliff, 516-671-2493

 

Hendrick’s Tavern

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Decorated like a mountain lodge, complete with dark wood finishings and a room with a fireplace, Hendrick’s Tavern serves some of the most satisfying food on Long Island alongside eclectically tasty cocktails. What should you photograph? The pineapple-infused vodka, made by dropping a whole lot of pineapple inside a vodka-filled bucket and letting it sit for a week. 1305 Old Northern Blvd., Roslyn, 516-621-1200

 

Bar Frites

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image: Facebook.com/bar-frites

You need to come here for brunch. A large space outfitted in simple yet classy décor, Bar Frites’ Sunday brunch might be the best on the island. For a quintessential midday meal, order the smoked salmon Benedict (poached eggs, smoked salmon, hollandaise on an English muffin, and home fries). 400 Wheatley Plaza, Greenvale, 516-484-7500

 

Kiraku

With dark wood tables, strong drinks, and all the sushi you could ever consume, Kiraku should be your weekday sushi go-to. Try to snag a booth and get comfortable as you’ll probably not want to leave for a while. 127 Glen Head Rd., Glen Head, 516-676-3686

 

Colbeh

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This is a kosher paradise. Although every dish is photo-worthy, make sure to spend time actually indulging in the food rather than snapping it. Order a combination, that way you’ll get to try all the Persian-style meats you could ever dream of (although our favorite will always be the tadigh that is served as an appetizer). Multiple Locations

 

Bryant & Cooper

A decadent steak always photographs (and tastes) great. Arguably the most famous steakhouse on Long Island, it is no surprise that Bryant & Cooper has been around since 1986. Part of the Poll Restaurants group (along with Bar Frites, Hendrick’s Tavern, and other island staples), the eatery offers what is probably the most luxurious dining experience around. 2 Middle Neck Rd., Roslyn, 516-627-7270

 

Chez Kama

Come here for the food. A Great Neck staple, this low-key spot serves some of the freshest sushi around. We suggest the Kama roll (Kosher option available as well!). Make sure to snap a picture of the space’s only hint at creative décor: a picture of Central Park taking over an entire wall. 77 Middle Neck Rd., Great Neck, 516-482-8360

 

Thyme

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Weekend live music, an outdoor deck overlooking the pond, and café-style food make this a Long Island must-visit. We definitely suggest coming for a summer weekend brunch to get the most out of all of the eatery’s aspects (make sure to order an omelette but don’t over look the challah French toast). 8 Tower Pl., Roslyn, 516-625-2566

 

Trattoria Diane-Bakery

Diane’s delicious baked goods are just as memorable as the environment you’ll be consuming them in. Enter the bakery and you’ll instantly feel at home. If you get there early enough, you’ll also be able to devour everything served at the venue’s salad bar. 23 Bryant Ave., Roslyn

 

Kotobuki

Kotobuki is always packed for the right reason: it’s one of the only Long Island eateries that serve incredible sushi and memorable cooked Japanese fare. Although the restaurant doesn’t take reservations and it’s nearly impossible to get a table at a decent hour on the weekend, diners are permitted to grab a drink nextdoor (at Mexican restaurant Besito) and carry it back to Kotobuki once their table is ready. 1530 Old Northern Blvd., Roslyn, 516-621-5312

 

Il Bacco

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Come here in the summer, order a dry white, and head straight to the rooftop to take summer-worthy photos. Hungry? Indulge in some Italian pasta al pomodoro. 253-24 Northern Blvd., Little Neck, 718-224-7657

 

Nisen Sushi

A quintessentially “Long Island” restaurant (heavy décor, less emphasis on the food), Nisen Sushi actually serves pretty decent Japanese fare. Stick to the classis when ordering food (we suggest the Asian field green salad, the gyozas, and the black cod miso zuke) but be a bit more adventurous on the drinks (and snap a picture of them!) by opting for the Sakkelini or the jalapeno mango martini. 5032 Jericho Turnpike, 631-462-1000

 

La P’Tite Framboise

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For an authentic French meal (and a full-bodied red to go along with it), head to Port Washington’s La P’Tite Framboise.  What to take a picture of? The delicious French onion soup. Reservations strongly suggested during the weekend. 294 Main St., Port Washington, 516-767-7164

 

MP Taverna

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Michael Psilakis’ restaurant serves fresh, memorable, Greek fare that’s both picture and drool worthy. This modern reinterpretation of the Greek tavern comes complete with a solid wine list and a decent craft beer menu. 1363 Old Northern Blvd., Roslyn, 516-686-6486

 

The North Fork Table and Inn

Luxury at its finest. Make a day out of this by setting up visits to some of Long Island’s top wineries and then coming here to grab a bite (the tasting menu is surely the best deal). 57225 Main Rd., Southold, 631-765-0177