Tucked-Away Food Gems on Long Island

Upon first glance, some of Long Island’s most delicious restaurants are easy to miss. They are hidden in buildings that don’t quite fit the criteria of what one usually expects of a restaurant. In fact, most of them can be mistaken for a house while driving by. From Gold Coast mansions to cozy looking digs, these are some of the best tucked-away restaurants on Long Island.

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Mill Pond House, Centerport

Mill Pond House

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Serving steaks, sushi and seafood, Mill Pond House sits within a cozy colonial built nearly 100 years ago. The lengthy menu features a few favorites, including the soy-peanut marinated skirt steak and the lobster & wild mushroom mac and cheese. Customers also rave about the specialty rolls like the black dragon with crabmeat, cucumber, avocado and topped with eel and kabayaki sauce. Another perk is the gorgeous pond views diners can enjoy from the outdoor seating area. Address: 437 E Main St | Phone: 631-261-7663 Click to go

The Country House Restaurant, Stony Brook

This historic country house has been standing since 1710. Adorned with turquoise shutters, Country House Restaurant serves new American dishes in a charming interior with decor that changes seasonally. Expect carpeting, white paneled walls and a fireplace. The food is a big draw with customers returning for the tasty meat dishes like the filet mignon and braised beef short rib. Address: 1175 N Country Rd | Phone: 631-751-3332 Click to go

Oheka Castle, Huntington

oheka castle

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A chateau-style estate built in 1919, Oheka Castle is a Long Island gem. Formal gardens surround the now 115,000-square-foot hotel. Hidden inside is a dining room open to the public. Think a European ambiance with brick walls, luxurious chandeliers and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the gardens. Enjoy dishes from executive chef Frank Monahan like the popular adobo pork served with creamy avocados and tomato salsa or the striped bass Siciliano coming with shrimp, calamari, clams, mussels, lobster herb quinoa and saffron tomato broth. Address: 135 W Gate Dr | Phone: 631-659-1400 Click to go

The Maidstone, East Hampton

The Maidstone

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This Greek Revival on the East End has stood the test of time. Constructed right before the Civil War, it became a full-time inn in the 1920s. Since 2008, it’s been known as The Maidstone, a charming and chic boutique hotel with 16 rooms and three cottages “inspired by a Scandinavian luminary.” Equally as enticing is the hotel’s restaurant where guests and non-guests alike can dig in from breakfast all the way through late night. The space is adorned with a fireplace, wooden floors, couches and artwork. The seasonal menu is known for its fresh market seafood and salads like The Maidstone made with baby kale, quinoa, sweet potato, avocado and beets. Save some room for the freshly baked pies! Address: 207 Main St | Phone: 631-324-5006 Click to go

Farm Country Kitchen, Riverhead

This rustic restaurant isn’t called a “hidden gem in wine country” for no reason. A modest white exterior with a small sign reading Farm Country Kitchen, it’s easy to mistake it for a house. Once inside, take in the aroma of delicious new American dishes like the hanger steak, goat cheese bruschetta (appetizer) and the crescent duck. And enjoy views of the Peconic River at the same time. Address: 513 W Main St | Phone: 631-369-6311 Click to go

North Fork Table & Inn, Southold

North Fork Table and Inn

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Unless you spot the sign on the lawn of this popular Long Island inn and restaurant, it’s just as easily overlooked as the other places on the list. The homey white exterior resembles many of the luxurious homes on the North Fork. But inside is a beloved culinary gem. Opened in 2006, North Fork Table was run by three-time James Beard Award nominee Gerry Hayden before his death in 2015. His protégé, chef Stephan Bogardus, has since taken over serving up specialties like Peconic Bay scallops, confit pork belly and strip loin of grassfed beef. Address: 57225 Main Rd | Phone: 631-765-0177 Click to go

Copperhill, Williston Park


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An upscale dining experience awaits in a 125-year-old Victorian farmhouse in Nassau. The farmhouse vibes continue inside with rustic decor that includes wooden tables, chairs and floors, along with a porch and tap room. Chef Gregory Kearns crafts about six menus throughout the year. The current winter one includes ramen carbonara, poutine, fresh pappardelle and steak tartare. Address: 234 Hillside Avenue | Phone: 516-746-1243 Click to go

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Anna Halkidis is a web editor at Long Island Pulse. Feel free to reach out at anna@lipulse.com or on Twitter @annahalkidis.