When driving through Long Island, there’s a good chance you’ll be cruising on the LIE to get to your destination. It’s also likely that you’ll hit traffic on your route—especially during the holiday season. For those who get hungry along the way, there are several Long Island Expressway restaurants that are worth working into your travel itinerary.
The Refuge, Melville
Experience a modern twist on Italian and Latin food with a menu that’s just as enticing as the ambiance. The spacious Long Island Expressway restaurant has a rustic feel with its wooden floors and offers popular dishes, including guacamole, as well as several intriguing pizza options, like mushroom truffle. It’s also less than 2 miles off exit 49S. Go.
Karvers Grille, Holbrook
Who doesn’t like some traditional American bites? This casual eatery offers an assortment of burgers, gourmet salads and sandwiches and even has a kids menu. Karvers Grille is located off exit 61 and has its own motto: “We share the food we love.” Go.
Corner Café, Nesconset
For those searching for a cozy spot, Corner Café won’t let you down. The restaurant boasts about its homestyle cooking and offers a breakfast and lunch menu all day long. This little delight is off exit 58. Go.
Premier Diner, Commack
Yes, breakfast lovers. You can have your pancakes after dark and anything else from the griddle for that matter. Premier Diner has a convenient location—less than half a mile off exit 52—and is praised for its good service on Yelp. Go.
Sangria 71, Williston Park
For those craving some Spanish dishes, Sangria 71 is the perfect place to satisfy your taste buds. The casual dining spot offers family style paellas to pair with a glass of sangria. It’s less than 10 minutes off exit 36. Go.