Finding the time to go out to lunch is easier than it sounds. From hectic days at the office to social obligations, looking for a gourmet restaurant to fuel up at is an afterthought. No need to worry, I complied a list of five quick Long Island lunch spots that rely more on delivery than frills.
Green Cactus, Huntington
Fast-casual Mexican food is the name of the game at this popular eatery. The food here is served quickly, but cooked and prepared fresh on the spot. The burritos have made a name for themselves. Order them full of meat, beans, fish or veggies—just don’t forget to pour on the Cholla sauce for the perfect amount of heat. Go.
Oceanside 24-Hour Bagel, Oceanside
24-Hour Bagel boasts an impressive selection of fish and meat options along with any and every kind of cream cheese (Tofutti anyone?). The bagels here are, “old fashioned, hand rolled, kettle cooked & baked to perfection.” Opt for the Brooklyn Bomb, made with pepper turkey, ham, provolone, roasted peppers, fresh mozzarella and spicy mustard on a fresh bagel for a hearty kick. Go.
Natural Good Foods and Café, Montauk
Naturally Good Foods and Café is a gem on The End, offering daily specials and organic soups like spicy creamy tomato and Mexican veggie corn chowder. Relax here with a quick soup and a yellowfin tuna salad sandwich like The Bruce—made with avocado, cheddar cheese, tomato, red onion and sprouts on sprouted wheat bread. The salad section, which features options such as the apple and cheddar salad with an organic baby spinach blend, cabbage, sunflower seeds, scallions, sprouts and homemade honey Dijon vinaigrette, is another solid choice. Go.
Bigelow’s Fried Clams, Rockville Centre
This cozy shack prepares Long Island lunches in the blink of an eye without sacrificing flavor. Try the Ipswich Belly Clam sandwich with lettuce and tomato on a toasted bun with a side of fries. The belly clams are tender and zesty when mixed with cocktail or tartar sauce. Go.
All American Hamburger Drive-In, Massapequa
Drive to this 60s throwback joint for a quick quarter pounder with cheese, fries and a thick shake. All American Hamburger Drive-In boasts reasonable burgers that are worth their weight in gold. Although often heavily populated by Long Island lunch breakers, the cooks here churn out the greasy goods quickly enough for you to get your burgers with time to spare. Go.