At this point, talking about Patchogue’s comeback is passé. An influx of retail, real estate and restaurants has made way for a buzz-worthy revitalization in recent years. But there’s no plateau in Patchogue. Since November, a handful of new Patchogue restaurants have opened on or near Main Street—and more are on the way this summer. Take a taste of the restaurants ushering in another.
David and Rachel Hersh, the husband-and-wife duo behind popular Hampton Bays waterfront restaurants Cowfish and Rumba, teamed up to bring destination dining to Patchogue when they opened Rhum in December. Opening a Caribbean-style restaurant just as winter is setting in may be risky for some, but on summer-obsessed Long Island, the teal colored walls, seashell decor and fruity cocktails provided a welcome escape back to the region’s high season. Now that the air is warming, guests can look forward to raising mason jars on the bar’s rooftop. Go
Catch Oyster Bar
This restaurant, a small-but-hopping joint located on South Ocean Avenue, could not have come at a better time. Much like Patchogue, oysters have gone from trendy to mainstay in a Long Island minute. Catch’s menu features oysters from the Great South Bay and Peconic Bay and a to-die-for lobster roll that doesn’t overdo it on the mayonnaise. There’s also a rotating drink menu that includes local beers and wines, which diners can order from a table or the 30-seat bar with a view of the open kitchen. Go
The bright pink walls and always-smiling staff at SmallCakes, which opened in February, are enough to put guests in a cheery mood on the bleakest of days. But it’s the sweet treats that would make even Steve Bannon smile. There’s a hot fudge sundae cupcake complete with a cherry on top, a rotating menu of house-made ice cream, a cupcake smash made with cupcakes and ice cream for the indecisive indulger and a peanut butter cupcake that’s as good as it sounds. Take home a literal doggie bag—SmallCakes, offers mini cupcakes topped with Milk Bones fit for fido. Go
Like any Long Island town, Patchogue has its share of pizzerias to write home about, but Italian restaurant Locale is asking people to sit down and stay a while. Fabrizio Castelli and his family, who also own Primo Piatto, opened Locale in March and people are gobbling up the pizzettes (small pizzas) like the quattro formaggi with Taleggio mozzarella, Pecorino Romano and Monterey Jack. The pasta portion of the menu includes spaghetti con polpette with Nonna Rosa’s meatballs. Swap the t-shirt for a button-down—Locale’s candlelit dining room tables are covered in white tablecloths, making it the perfect date-night spot. Go
We’ve got our fingers on the Pulse of Patchogue. Check back frequently for first tastes of the village’s newest additions, like Swell Taco and Local Burger.