Spring has sprung: the birds are singing, the bees are pollinating and the flowers are blooming. From intimate restaurants to beautiful properties, consider these the best ways to have a spring fling with Long Island.
La Plage, Wading River
Situated on the Sound, La Plage is considered one of the most romantic restaurants on Long Island. The gorgeous beachfront location offers both indoor and outdoor terrace seating (perfect for sunsets). The menu features a range of eclectic and creative French-American cuisine, with an emphasis on fresh fish and produce. Standout plates include apple wood smoked beef carpaccio, braised lamb shank, lobster, crab & ricotta ravioli and pan seared branzino. Go.
LakeHouse, Bay Shore
Known for its high-end American cuisine and laid-back local vibe, The LakeHouse offers stunning views of the Great South Bay. At night, the outdoor deck is illuminated, as is the waterfront lounge area where guests can relax with after-dinner cocktails. The quality of the food is also top-notch. The LakeHouse’s menu boasts bold grilled octopus salads mixed with tender Spanish chorizo, crispy suckling pigs served with a fried quail egg, Parmesan polenta, maple vinaigrette and honey-glazed pearl onion and sweet caramelized local sea scallops. Go.
Live piano music, candlelit tables and an extensive wine list, Piccolo’s has date-night written all over it. Fans rave about the authentic options featuring the likes of jumbo stuffed artichokes, ricotta gnocchi al pesto and veal chop valdostano stuffed with prosciutto di parma, mozzarella and brandy mushroom sauce. Go.
Barrique Kitchen & Wine Bar, Babylon
The cozy, dim-lit eatery is known for its small plates, wine and intimate outdoor dining. The restaurant helped spark the tapas trend by offering delicious seared tuna, goat cheese ravioli and grandma pizza on smaller plates. Barrique’s extensive cellar features 150 wines by the bottle and 30 by the glass for a fun night out. Go.
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Bridge Gardens, Bridgehampton
Roses are red—and pink and yellow….Bridge Gardens has more than five acres incorporating a rose rondel of hybrid teas, grandifloras and floribundas. Guests can walk through beds of species, antique and climbing roses. Once they’ve stopped to smell the roses, visitors can take in beautiful trees, shrubs, hedgerow, perennials, herbs and a miniature Japanese maple. Go.
Sands Point Preserve Conservancy, Port Washington
The 216-acre grounds of Sands Point Preserve Conservancy transport visitors to the Gold Coast lifestyle during the early 20th century. Guests can marvel at the exterior of the 50,000-square-foot Hempstead House, which is said to have inspired the The Great Gatsby, built with granite and Indiana limestone, along with other historic homes on the property. Six marked hiking trails weave through more than 200 acres of natural and landscaped areas made for exploration. Go.
Old Westbury Gardens, Old Westbury
Beauty can be found anywhere in these parts. Throughout the 200 acres of formal gardens, woodlands, ponds and lakes visitors will be surrounded by impressive architecture and stunning grounds. Go.
Robert Moses State Park, Babylon
The beachfront is beautiful anytime of year. Visitors that head to Field 5 can take the 3/4 mile nature walk that leads directly to the Fire Island Lighthouse or stick around for an island sunset. Go.