Stony Brook has quickly become one of Long Island’s major tourist towns and centers for education. Visitors and locals alike are drawn to the hamlet’s cozy, yet chic vibe. Between beautiful nature trails, numerous shopping destinations and legendary Seawolves games, it’s no surprise that their restaurants are terrific too. The next time you’re headed up to the North Shore, make sure you set aside some time to grab a meal at one of these charming restaurants.
Owned by the Lessing’s family, Mirabelle Tavern is known for being “pricey, but worth every penny.” Between impeccable service and mouthwatering menus featuring French bistro classics alongside American comfort food, this restaurant delivers on all counts. Reservations are strongly encouraged, especially if diners would like to be seated on the fine dining side, which is perfect for a white tablecloth affair with mom or that special someone. Recommended plates: Potato Crusted Shrimp, The Tavern Burger, Flammkuchen and Duck Mirabelle. Eat here.
Ssambap Korean BBQ
Touted as “the only place to eat Korean BBQ east of Queens,” Ssambap has a cult following of enthusiastic regulars. Its light, fresh-tasting dishes earn rave reviews and fans can’t get enough of the “tableside onion salad with garlic cloves.” The service is knowledgeable and incredibly helpful when diners don’t know what to order, so just ask! The hibachi tables fill up fast and reservations are a must. Recommended plates: Kimchi-jjigae, bulgogi bbq, fish pancakes and bibimbap in a dolsot. Eat here.
Robinson’s Tea Room
When you can’t have brunch at Grandma’s house, but still want that warm and welcoming feeling, head on over to Robinson’s Tea Room. This beloved eatery makes guests feel welcomed and comfortable the minute they walk in the front door. There is an extensive loose leaf tea list, making it the perfect place for a light brunch. The scones are “out of this world” and the cinnamon ones are the first to go. Reservations for high tea are strongly recommended. Recommended plates: Butterscotch Scones, Chicken Pot Pie, Daily Quiche and the British Afternoon Tea Service. Eat here.
Consistently delicious Italian food can be hard to come by, but Pentimento never fails. Portion sizes are “just right” and the innovative menu includes vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy-free items too. This cozy eatery has a laid-back bistro feel that makes it the perfect place to go and unwind with friends. Al fresco dining is available in warmer weather. Recommended plates: Charcuterie & Cheese board, Panelle, Short Rib Ciabatta and Sautéed Wild Shrimp. Eat here.
If you’re looking for a nice place to listen to live music on Friday nights and have a juicy burger with a glass of wine, Latitude 121 is calling your name. There’s a nautical vibe and great casual atmosphere, plus, this quaint little eatery is situated right off the water. Families and couples alike love to visit the full-service ice cream parlor after dinner to get their hands on some of the Gifford’s Famous Ice Cream from Maine. The outdoor seating area can get crowded when the temps warm up. Recommended plates: Lobster bisque, PEI Mussels, White Marble Farm Pork Chop and Atlantic Salmon. Eat here.
The Country House
Situated in one of Long Island’s most historic homes, The Country House is well-known for its American cuisine and magnificent decorations. Between the music from the 1940s playing daily and each room decorated in a floral motif, guests will truly feel as though they’ve stepped back in time. Make sure to visit the 1710 Lounge to catch a glimpse of the resident spirit Annette Williamson before you leave! Outside summer dining is available and reservations are always recommended. Menu changes monthly. Recommended plates: Burrata Cheese & Grilled Artichoke Hearts, Seared Sea Scallops, Petite Filet Mignon and Cavatelli Pasta & Braised Beef Short Rib Ragu. Eat here.