Oyster Bay is known for its quaint historic charm and local food scene that continues to attract new restaurateurs. Throw in a few seasonal dishes and customers really start flocking. Five new culinary additions are creating a noteworthy buzz.
Inspired by Oyster Bay’s history, new American Brasserie 2 spring is bringing Manhattan vibes and hospitality to the heart of town this December. The interior will be a nod to mid-century dining with brick lime washed walls and tin ceilings amidst a causal, chic ambiance. Through a mix of coastal American cuisine with fresh seafood, premium farm meats and seasonal North Fork produce, diners can look forward to entrees of the highest quality. Keep the spicy lobster, braised veal and ravioli with brown butter and grated biscotti on your radar. Phone: 516-624-2411 | Address: 2 Spring Street Click to taste
Rose & Joe’s Italian Bakery
An Astoria institution, Rose & Joe’s Italian Bakery expanded to Long Island in May, bringing all its beloved recipes along for the ride. Cannolis, pine nut cookies, frittatas and Sicilian-style pizza—the menu is simply to-die-for. There is also the signature muffuletta sandwich made of semolina bread packed with cured meats, provolone and mozzarella—a rare find outside of Brooklyn. Phone: 516-584-6485 | Address: 19 E Main St Click to taste
Opening its doors in July, Southdown Coffee has been a welcome addition to the town’s growing dining scene. The high-grade specialty coffee and laid-back vibe are the same as its Huntington outpost, but unlike the flagship location this building has a focus on frozen coffee. Visitors will find the granita, a sugar sweetened frozen coffee and the coconut creemee made with coconut milk, agave and espresso. Both are available with unsweetened whipped cream. Address: 49 Audrey Ave Click to taste
Simple and straightforward, the menu at Osteria Leana, which opened in 2016, calls for seasonal ingredients at the base of its delicious Italian fare. There have been several hearty plates added this fall: acorn squash, beet lasagna, gnocchi carbonara, fall strozzapreti and squash soup. Diners are raving about the squash ravioli filled with butternut squash and mascarpone and accompanied by a sage brown butter sauce. Phone: 516-584-6995 | Address: 76 South St Click to taste
Wild Honey Dining & Wine
The new American menu at this candlelight, cozy restaurant offers a range of creative fare for the crisp weather. Made with fine ingredients, the long-standing restaurant recently added a warm grain bowl (quinoa, roasted red peppers, sautéed kale, sunflower seeds, squash, crispy chickpeas, green tahini vinaigrette) and day boat sea scallops (melted leek ravioli, blistered grape tomatoes, basil, white truffle oil drizzle). Phone: 516-922-4690 | Address: 1 E Main St Click to taste