Quite simply, there are foodie havens and then there’s Huntington. The village’s happening Main Street is packed with options ranging from grab-and-go to grand and it spills into the surrounding side streets and town. Choosing Huntington as a dinnertime destination is the easy part. Narrowing down choices is much harder. Allow me to serve you.
Located in the heart of Huntington Village, this “hipster joint” serves Instagram-worthy gastropub food and is open late. The friendly staff makes everyone feel welcome, and hipster or not, guests will feel right at home chowing down on one of their half-pound burgers. Vegetarians and vegans rave about the menu too, especially the “phenomenal” vegan wings. It’s no surprise this place is always packed, especially with craft beer, wine and cold brew coffee on tap. Recommended plates: Poutine Classic, Evil Sal Burger, Black Bean Sweet Potato Burger and Fish Camp Taco. Eat here.
Situated near the Paramount, this Mexican eatery has beautiful décor, delicious drinks and a great atmosphere. Reviewers claim it’s “some of the best Mexican cuisine” they’ve ever had. Reservations are encouraged as wait times can be long, but reviewers say, “it’s definitely worth the wait.” Free worry dolls and churros for dessert are an added bonus. Recommended plates: Tableside Guacamole, Chile Rellenos con Hongos (Stuffed Poblano Pepper), Empanadas de Hongos and Filete de Res al Chipotle (Filet Mignon with plantains). Eat here.
Cafe Buenos Aires
The tapas restaurant has something for everyone, including vegetarian and gluten free options, making it a perfect choice when dining with friends. Serving authentic South American dishes, this eatery has an “upscale, yet relaxed personality.” Reviewers rave about the malted chocolate martini which is “to die for” and “the best empanadas in New York.” Inside, it can get a bit loud, but a small outdoor seating area is available once the weather gets a little warmer. Reservations recommended. Recommended plates: Empanadas, Paella, Pollo Relleno (stuffed chicken) and Parrillada Mixta (mixed beef plate). Eat here.
Gorgeous lighting, a roaring fireplace and amazing harbor views keep this special occasion restaurant packed all year long. Touted as an American Kitchen and Bar, this romantic restaurant prides itself on serving “classic favorites with modern twists.” The diverse menu includes raw bar favorites, sushi, steaks and hand-made desserts. Boaters can call ahead to reserve a docking slip. Recommended plates: Caramelized Figs, Green Lotus Sushi, Beef Wellington and Creamed Spinach. Eat here.
The intimate setting and charming décor of this cozy little restaurant draws a crowd of regulars who swear by the “attentive service” and “freshly made pasta.” Fans rave about it having the “most authentic” Italian food on the Island and praise its “expansive” wine list. For the best experience, dine here Monday-Thursday when the piano player is present and the weekend crowds are absent. Recommend plates: Crispy Blue Point Oysters, Jumbo Stuffed Artichoke, Shrimp a la Peggy and Veal Chop “Flaherty.” Eat here.
ToA Asian Fusion
ToA is sleek, sophisticated and serves exquisite sushi (say no more). The elegant nature of this upscale eatery gives patrons a “taste of Asia” through unexpected and flavorful dishes that combine Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Thai, Malaysian and Vietnamese cuisine. Recommended plates: ToA Roll, Huntington Roll, Pan Seared Tuna with Cold Soba Noodles and Chilean Sea Bass Yakitori. Eat here.
Newcomer to the dining scene, Jema is taking Huntington by storm. Since opening this fall, the spot’s menu is influenced by Chef Franco Sampogna’s “Italian heritage,” “youth in Brazil” and “experiences in France.” The menu works to bring the community together for a delicious dining experience in a strikingly modern space. Recommended plates: Quinoa Risotto, Crescent Long Island Duck, Butternut Squash Tagliatelle and Smoked Black Angus Short Rib. Eat here.