Put a Creative Twist on Your Long Island Saturday

Every weekend brings a different type of personality. For those looking to get creative, consider these the best ways to break out of your same-old slump and expand your palate in the process.

Fuel Up

Tra’mici Ristorante Italiano, Massapequa Park

This is not your typical Italian restaurant. Tra’mici puts a modern spin on favorite Italian dishes with hints of orange showcased throughout the space. Think fried calamari lightly dusted with cornmeal and presented in a sweet chili glaze or onion rice balls served in a truffle cheese fondue as opposed to marinara sauce. Plus, there is even such a thing as Italian popcorn, fried ricotta gnocchi with roasted garlic oil and a tomato dipping sauce. Go

Our Table, Northport

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Newcomer to the dining scene, this rustic restaurant in the charming village of Northport is full of subtle charms like reclaimed wood, industrial ceilings with exposed pipes and pendant lighting. The menu features a range of healthy and inventive American food such as jumbo lump crab cake accompanied by roasted vegetable caponata and piquillo pepper aioli, and General Tso’s crispy octopus served in a broccoli puree with black rice, toasted cashews and citrus. Another welcome surprise: Sunday brunch with options like eggs Benedict on crispy eggplant, fresh mozzarella and grilled tomato, lemon-ricotta French toast and loaded burritos. Go

Flight, Patchogue


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Let your taste buds take flight with the inventive selection of food presentations at this trendy new place. Try the food flights like the surf & turf made with three different meats and three different fishes, the mac and cheese with three different assortments of mac & cheese or the cheesecake flight with three different types of cheese cakes. Better yet, there are even “Before Four” Sunday brunch flights like eggs Benedict and sliders. Go

Jema, Huntington

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The luxurious spot’s menu is influenced by Chef Franco Sampogna’s “Italian heritage,” “youth in Brazil” and “experiences in France.” Take a break from traditional risotto and feast on this innovative dish. The quinoa risotto is served as a starter with burgundy truffle and Parmesan to enhance the flavor. Another great choice is the fish of the day. From halibut with spinach and mussels to Shinnecock Bay scallops paired with cauliflower and spigarello, the creativity in the seafood selections are worth the visit. Go

Wine & Design, Rockville Centre

Wine & Design aims to give happy hour an artistic flare. The place is decorated with art from previous paint nights and the room’s house tables equipped with personal art stations including easels and paint. Plus, unlike many other paint and sip studios, they sell wine on premise. All visitors have to do is “sign up, show up, sip and paint.” Go

Your Second Course

Can You Escape?, Mineola

Race against the clock (one hour) to find clues, decode hidden messages and solve riddles that unlock the door to a mysterious room. There are five different rooms to choose from: Once Upon a Time, The Interrogation Room, The Subway, The Apartment and The Prison Break. The secret to defeating the timer: teamwork, quick thinking and deductive reasoning. Go

The Watermill Center, Water Mill

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Experience something different in the Hamptons and attend some of the talks and lectures by leading voices in the arts, sciences and humanities. There are also special exhibitions where young and emerging artists create, learn and grow together by sharing their work with the community through open rehearsals. Go

Oheka Castle, Cold Spring Harbor

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Savor some downtime and reflection exploring the sprawling 22-acre property in Cold Spring Harbor. The French-style chateau offers a variety of guided tours throughout the estate and its formal gardens. It was designed to look like a French chateau when it was built in 1919 as a summer home for financier Otto Hermann Kahn. Go