1270 Union Tpke., New Hyde Park
The team behind Four Food Studio, the high-profile, ultra-modern dining and drinking destination in Melville, has dreamed up what looks to be another must-eat for LI foodies. Occupying the two-story building that once housed Harper’s and Royal Lancer, the multi-million dollar renovation creates one of the largest restaurants on the Island, at 21,000 square feet, just steps from the Queens border. The menu is based around the Japanese street food called Yakatori, which denizens of the appetizer menu at sushi bars recognize as chicken on a stick. Here those sticks pierce nearly every part of the bird plus shrimp, steak and even hot dogs. What they call “Modern Sushi,” as well as traditional raw fish and an Omakase menu, headline the menu along with seafood, aged steaks and true Wagyu beef. The menu has been created by FFS Executive Chef James McDevitt, who previously was an executive sous chef at Le Cirque.
337 New York Ave., Huntington
American Burger Company, which closed their Hicksville location last year, is still cooking in Smithtown, but they gave up on the original location in Huntington last month. Top Bunz emulates ABC, offering fresh ground quarter-pound burgers for about three bucks with your choice of bun, cheese, toppings and sauce. There are Top Dogs, Crabby Patty and pulled pork and steak sandwiches, among other items. And they still have Bosco soda and milkshakes you can add an Oreo to.
292 Smithtown Blvd., Nesconset
From the former owner of Bistro 99 in Atlantic Beach comes Chef/owner Jack Mutell’s dream come true—a New American menu, where he creates almost everything from scratch, including pastas and breads, in what was once VIP Pizza.
415 Main St., Port Washington
The legendary family-style Italian puts down stakes at this lovely waterside spot and all signs point to this being a home run. Add a warm weather deck overlooking the harbor and upscale digs inside to the always crowd pleasing down home cuisine and how can they go wrong?
Villa D’Aqua Waterfront Ristorante
2565 Bellmore Ave., Bellmore
From the owners of Per Un’ Angelo, in the former space of Jackson Landing, featuring fresh fish and seafood.
324 Sunrise Hwy., Rockville Centre
Looks to be the perfect addition to the RVC restaurant scene and a pleasant hang for grownups, with live music on weekends and jazz on Wednesdays. A peek at the tapas menu reveals a charcuterie section, a cheese menu, salads, unique apps and dessert.
Sabor a Colombia
26 Division Ave., Levittown
Bright and sleek, this new spot, right off Hempstead Turnpike, serves up great rotisserie chickens for under eight bucks, plus empanadas, arepa, yucca frita and marinated skirt steak. For an out-of-the-ordinary breakfast, stop in for a breakfast arepa or scrambled eggs with tomato and onion sided with fried pork rinds known as chicharron.
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