It’s no secret Long Islanders love to eat. Pulse readers especially chomp at the bit waiting to try the most creative cheeseburger, partake in a bottomless weekend brunch and dine at the newest restaurant. Measured objectively by page views, these seven new restaurants generated the most hype in 2017.
Once news leaked about a new gastropub coming to Brightwaters, locals couldn’t contain their excitement. Filled with creative fare and cast iron specialties, owner Daniel Kitson created a space where comfort food and unwinding come easy.
Anthony and Andrew Tartaglia, owners of popular Mexican restaurant Verde Kitchen & Cocktails, wanted to open up a new restaurant in Bay Shore that boasted vacation vibes and coastal-inspired dishes. Called Coastal Kitchen and Daiquiri Bar, Long Islanders get especially excited about trying the Mofongo Bites, house-cut yucca fries, lobster rolls and jerk chicken sandwiches. Keep an eye out for its soon-to-come opening.
A culinary haven, Huntington’s RadioRadio, owned by the team behind Vauxhall, continues to garner a great deal of buzz. Styled as a Southern bistro and BBQ, the menu crafted by chef Michael Meehan works to incorporate shrimp and grits, catfish and smoked meats to appease any foodie.
One of the leading contenders in the comfort food department, Long Islanders get excited about burgers—especially when cheese is involved. This new joint features everything from loaded mac and cheese burgers to the newest foodie must-try: the PB & J burger. It’s a burger patty topped with sweet and spicy PB & J and layered between cinnamon raisin toast.
Lisa Harris and her boyfriend Robert Strehle brought East Main & Main to Port Jefferson in June because they thought “the East End needed a craft doughnut shop where the décor would be as delicious as the doughnuts.” And they were right. Doughnut fans across the Island have been flocking to this gourmet shop to sample treats like the peanut butter cookie dough overload, double drizzle apple crumb and salted chocolate and caramel cannoli raised doughnuts.
Specialty coffee hub Soul Brew has gained a solid reputation for its brews, teas, organic smoothies and breakfast and lunch options. But customers can’t stop raving about the weekend brunch specials. On Saturdays and Sundays from 7am-4pm, Soul Brew offers rotating weekly options like bacon cream cheese stuffed French toast, Doritos-infused grilled cheese and loaded tots that pair perfectly with seasonal lattes.
Nothing gets a Long Islander excited like breakfast and dessert swirled into one. Sergio DeCiantis, owner of Cara Mia Restaurant and Park Place Restaurant & Bar, opened the addicting ice cream paradise in July. And people having been coming by the droves to taste the decadent cereal, sugar and ice cream combinations ever since.