New Nassau Restaurants to Get Excited About

Once news leaks about a new restaurant, it’s hard for locals to contain their excitement. The menus, cocktails and fresh ambiance bring a lot of energy to the table. Nassau residents and neighbors have a few tasty places to add to their foodie bucket list this year.

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Perennial Restaurant, Garden City



This new farm-to-table restaurant, which officially opened its doors in January, is all about sourcing close to home. Many of the products come from farms across the North and South Forks, serving dinner every night except Monday. Diners can dabble with delicious entrees like the pan roasted chicken (charred romaine, sweet potato, shallots) or the fusilli (butternut squash, brown butter, sage, parmesan) as they sit amidst a causal, comfortable ambiance. Keep an eye out for its soon-to-come brunch menu. Phone: 516-743-9213 | Address: 990 Franklin Ave Click to taste

2 Spring, Oyster Bay


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Another January opening, new American brasserie 2 Spring is taking the Oyster Bay dining scene by storm. The interior reflects the essence of mid-century dining with brick lime washed walls and tin ceilings amidst a casual and chic vibe. Through a menu that works to combine coastal American cuisine with fresh seafood, premium farm meats and seasonal North Fork produce, the quality of the food speaks for itself. This winter try the ravioli with burrata, almond, brown butter, thyme and biscotti or the braised veal served with prosciutto, white beans and brussels sprouts. Phone: 516-624-2411 | Address: 2 Spring Street Click to taste

Biggie Burgers, North Merrick

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Calling all burger enthusiasts! Serving burgers in two sizes, this new joint is already making a name for itself. The Biggie Big burger is a gourmet 8oz prime blend for $7.99 and the 2oz Biggie Small burgers range from $1.99 to $3.50. Either can be topped with rich options like sweet onion, avocado, fried egg, kraut and jalapeños. And what pairs perfectly with a patty? Think hand-spun milkshakes that come in tasty flavors like chocolate, vanilla, strawberry and black and white. Phone: 516-992-8600 | Address: 2224 Jerusalem Ave Click to taste

Greek Xpress, Great Neck

Simple and fresh, Greek Xpress is all about taking traditional Greek flavors to the grill. Customers get a choice of the finest cuts of meat that are marinated in-house and charbroiled to perfection. Visitors are already raving about the fresh Greek and Santorini salads, chicken souvlaki and grilled octopus ever since the place opened earlier this month. Phone: 516-570-6814 | Address: 37 Great Neck Rd Click to taste

The Village Raw Bar, Rockville Centre

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It is never too early to start thinking about summer and seafood. This New England-style restaurant makes things even easier with oysters, baked clams, clam chowder and—the unofficial sandwich of summer—lobster rolls! They come both chilled with mayo and warm with butter. Shades of white and cream and wooden tables add to the warm, laid-back vibes. Phone: 516-678-9888 | Address: 88 N Village Ave Click to taste