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The Newest Restaurants on Long Island

Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza
Country Glen Shopping Center
135 Old Country Rd., Carle Place

When native Long Islander Anthony Bruno moved to Florida, he couldn’t find any decent pizza and decided to do something about it. Now his namesake brand has grown to more than two dozen locations throughout his adopted state, expanding rapidly to the Northeast. He makes his triumphant return to his home turf bringing his “Pizza Well Done,” signature pies with their well charred, crispy crusts, thicker and sturdier than the traditional coal-fired pies found at stalwarts like Totonno’s and Patsy’s. A few coal oven-baked sandwiches, roasted chicken wings and “Italian Soul Food” like meatballs round out the concise menu.

Dark Horse
1 E. Main St., Riverhead


From the family that operates Tweed’s Restaurant, this great addition for downtown Riverhead has an ambitious menu, including new American entrees under $20, a cheese menu, a charcuterie course and salads offered in both appetizer and dinner portions. For continuity purposes there’s the bison burger, locally raised by and made famous at Tweed’s.

Bistro 72
Hotel Indigo
1830 W. Main St. (Rte 25), Riverhead

Opening on Nov. 17 in a beautifully renovated hotel, Lia Fallon, chef/owner of Amarelle in Wading River, will oversee the “farm-to-table” menu with wine pairings from nearby North Fork vineyards.

Press 195
22 N. Park Ave., Rockville Centre

The “press” means more than 40 odd paninis on fresh baked ciabatta and pressed knishes filled with meatloaf, roast beef, veggies and steak. Even desserts get a pressing with ingredients like Nutella, banana bread and ice cream. The “195” stands for the address of the original in Park Slope (there’s another in Bayside).

Omoto Asian Cuisine
100a Seventh St., Garden City

Something Asian for every taste including sushi, Peking duck, a bit of Thai, a little Malaysian Curry, Indonesian Sambal and a menu of Chinese-American favorites, all in a handsome room with attentive service.

29 Hillside Ave., Williston Park

From the folks who brought you Angelina’s in Lynbrook and Marcella’s in Massapequa, a neighborhood Italian spot with all the traditional favorites.

Xaga Sushi Asian Fusion
217 Merrick Rd., Merrick

A spin-off of the popular Hewlett sushi joint with a few Asian fusion dishes in the unusual building that was originally constructed for Roasty’s.

Puglia’s City Cafe
987 Stewart Ave., Garden City

Puglia’s of Little Italy, the popular Manhattan tourist destination which spun-off in East Meadow, revamps City Café and offers the same supper club experience as the original, with dancing and entertainment to augment your Italian dinner.

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