Explore Two Long Island Towns Built For Foodies

Food is an important part of human interaction. Besides bringing diverse tastes together, the table harnesses memories, generates laughter and brings loved ones together. In honor of Pulse‘s annual Food, Wine & Spirits issue, I explored Huntington and Smithtown, two towns that know how to capture a foodie’s heart. 

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Huntington

Prime | An American Restaurant & Bar

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Filled with gorgeous lighting, a roaring fireplace and amazing harbor views, Prime has all the trappings of the perfect cozy evening. Through a menu that serves classic favorites with modern twists, guests can look forward to a raw bar, sushi, steaks and handmade desserts. The caramelized figs, green lotus sushi and beef Wellington and creamed spinach are among favorites. Phone: 631-385-1515 | Address: 117 New York Ave Click to taste

Piccolo

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The homemade pasta and vino make Piccolo a delicious spot for date night

An intimate setting with live piano music, candlelit tables and an extensive wine list—Piccolo’s has date-night written all over it. Guests rave about the authentic Italian options like jumbo stuffed artichokes, ricotta gnocchi al pesto and veal chop valdostano stuffed with prosciutto di parma, mozzarella and brandy mushroom sauce. Phone: 631-424-5592 | Address: 215 Wall St Click to taste

Vauxhall

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Known for its lively, upbeat atmosphere, the staff at Vauxhall makes everyone feel welcome. The menu works to combine gourmet starters, burgers and vegan dishes with craft beer, wine and cold brew coffee on tap. Those feeling extra hungry can dabble with the kitchen sink, a half pound burger with bacon, pepper jack, short ribs, mac and cheese and crumbled BBQ chips all on a brioche bun. Phone: 631-425-0222 | Address: 26 Clinton Ave Click to taste

Neraki Greek Mediterranean Grill

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This Mediterranean grill has a knack for making mouths water. From seasonal to market driven menus, seafood takes center stage. For starters, diners can’t go wrong with an order of the sardeles (sardines) that are equally delicious grilled or pan-fried. Follow that up with any of the flounder, salmon or scallop entrees—the portions are of the highest quality. Phone: 631-385-3474 Address: 273 Main St Click to taste

Smithtown

Maureen’s Kitchen

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A true village gem, this cow-adorned morning mecca is a brunch lover’s haven. The pancake flavors are as delicious as they are creative (and served until close). Dinner-plate sized portions of pumpkin walnut, pistachio and Oreo cookie don’t go light on sweetness. Phone: 631-360-9227 | Address: 108 Terry Rd Click to taste

Aji 53

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This Japanese-fusion kitchen goes heavy on the sushi. Creative and elegantly plated, visitors can order a few helpings to enjoy under flat-black warehouse ceilings lined with concave mirrors or at the fluorescent light illuminated bar. Standout options include the American Dream roll made with rock shrimp tempura, spicy lobster and spicy kani or the Smithtown with shrimp tempura, avocado, seared filet mignon and spicy tuna. Phone: 631-979-0697 Address: 1 Miller Pl Click to taste

Cafe Havana Bar & Grill

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Through a menu influenced by Cuban, Puerto Rican and Spanish cuisine, Cafe Havana is a feast for the eyes. From paella with chorizo to marinated octopus salad with peppers and onions, there is no shortage of authentic tastes. The vibes continue with chairs shaped as Cuban drums and palm trees. Phone: 631-670-6277Address: 944 W Jericho Turnpike Click to taste

H2O Seafood & Sushi

Combined with blues, greens and fish decor, H2O Seafood & Sushi boasts a nautical atmosphere and stellar seafood menu. Take the lobster thermidor, a 1¼ lb lobster stuffed with wild mushrooms, a rich brandy cream sauce and gruyere. The Montauk roll made with spicy tuna, avocado, tempura crunch, lobster, yuzu, mayo and eel sauce will take you back to al fresco summertime dining. Phone: 631-361-6464 | Address: 215 W Main St Click to taste

Insignia Prime Steak & Sushi

This upscale restaurant is a perfect choice for one of those kinds of dinners. The spacious dining room includes a large hanging chandelier, high ceilings, a glass wine display and colorful decor. Of course, the tablecloths are white. As for the food, the steaks are succulent, the filets tender and the sushi other-worldly. Phone: 631-656-8100| Address: 610 Smithtown Bypass Click to taste