They’re South Shore Things

Days on Long Island’s South Shore are famous for leaving guests with a quintessential summer glow. They’re about getting sand in your shoes, wading in the ocean and indulging in food as breathtaking as the waterfront views. When the tide takes you South, pack a beach read (may I recommend Pulse’s summer guide, out this month?) and prepare to enjoy summer as the man upstairs intended.

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Tony Colombos Italian Bistro, Rockville Centre

Finding good Italian on Long Island is a shore thing but few can make a meatball like Chef Tony. He combines pork, veal and beef for a flavorful blend that’s then browned and baked in a red sauce that needs to be tasted to be believed. The ambiance is as authentic Italian as the food. Expect friendly service that’s lauded for making guests feel like they’re in grandma’s dining room. Phone: 516-678-1996 | Address: 208 Sunrise Highway  Click to taste

The Shoregasboard, Long Beach

As delicious as Long Island’s eateries are, sunny afternoons were made for putting feet in the sand. Enter The Shoregasboard, a cluster of food trucks located on the Long Beach Boardwalk at Riverside & The Beach. Tutti Frutti’s smoothies are the perfect antidote for a scorching hot day, and Swingbellys lobster rolls are not surprisingly a popular choice. Address: Riverside & The Beach Click to taste 

SALT on the Water, Merrick

A meal at SALT on the Water, feels like a vacation. The eatery, opened last year by the duo behind Mesita and Parlay in Rockville Centre, can seat 100 guests on the marina deck. Come by sea and expect to dock your boat and stay a while. The SALT burger, complete with an 8oz patty and pecan-wood smoked bacon, is well worth it. Phone: 516-442-7470 | Address: 3100 Whaleneck Dr. Click to taste 

Hudson’s on the Mile, Freeport

This waterfront restaurant boasts daily live music, lobster tacos, lobster grilled cheese and a view of the Nautical Mile. Enough said. Phone: 516-442-5569 | Address: 340 Woodcleft Ave. Click to taste 

Mesita, Rockville Centre

Mesita’s fun, casual vibes are accentuated by wooden furniture and a “no parking” sign painted right on a wall. The food is as approachable as the sound of gentle ocean waves. Chef Ian Coughlin highly recommended the steak tacos to me in January, saying they’re a personal favorite because he makes them with skirt steak, which is more tender than the oft-used hanger steaks. The tacos are made tableside, putting a South-of-the-Border twist on ever-popular Hibachi. Phone: 516-282-9900 | Address: 212B Merrick Road. Click to taste 


Long Island, New York. A seagull on Jones Beach.

Long Island, New York. A seagull on Jones Beach.

Jones Beach, Wantagh

Jones Beach delivers a double-dose of iconic. The stage of the recently-renamed Northwell Theatre sits on the water and will draw the likes of Rod Steward (July 18), Cyndi Lauper (July 18), Kings of Leon (Aug. 1) and Jimmy Buffet (Aug. 15) to our shores this summer. The beach, which once charged all of $.25 for parking during the week, has been drawing people from Montauk to Manhattan and beyond since it opened in 1929. Click to wade 

Eisenhower Park, East Meadow

Nassau County can feel like an endless stretch of jammed-up highways. But a trip to Eisenhower Park, which at 930 acres is larger than Central Park, proves otherwise. The park is a hub of recreation: There’s 16 lighted tennis courts, three 18-hole golf courses and batting cages where anyone can try to be Aaron Judge for a couple hours. Those who left their gym class heroes days back in the 80s can enjoy concerts and movies at Harry Chapin Lakeside Park. Do the time warp while screening Rocky Horror Picture Show July 15. Phone: 516-572-0347 | Address: Merrick and Stewart Ave. Click to hang 

Rose and Eye, Long Beach and Rockville Centre

Rose and Eye serves as a reminder not to judge a book by its cover. The shop that looks humble from the outside is three rooms deep and stocked with the pieces you’ll be living in all season. Think tie-dyed tunics and patterned maxi dresses that go from beachside cocktails to dockside dinner with a summertime ease. Long Beach: Phone: 516-544-4477 | Address: 893 West Beech St. | Rockville Centre: Address: 4 S. Village Ave. | Phone: 516-897-7900 Click to shop

We didn’t forget about Suffolk! For a list of things to do right by the Great South Bay, check back June 29.

beth ann clyde

beth ann clyde

Beth Ann Clyde is a social strategist of Long Island Pulse. Have a story idea or just want to say hello? Email or reach out on Twitter @BAClyde.