Cafe in the Woods, on the grounds of the Phipps family estate and formal gardens at Old Westbury Gardens (71 Old Westbury Rd., Old Westbury) is a charming outdoor cafe offering a changing roster of sandwiches, salads and soups (open weather permitting). Kids will love exploring the gardens and checking out the family-friendly workshops and events. Visit oldwestburygardens.org or call 516-333-0048 for more information and schedules. Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert
While it's easy to come up with a list of worthy cultural attractions on Long Island, it's a bit of a challenge to name those that offer on-premise eating.
Such places do exist, however, allowing you to get the most out of a visit. At all of the following sites, you can feed the body as well as the mind.
423 Park Ave., Huntington
INFO 631-423-7611, cinemaartscentre.org
If you're catching a film at this art movie house (or even if you're not), you can relax over lunch or dinner. Eat outdoors in the idyllic sculpture garden or find a table in the newly renovated "green" cafeteria indoors. Vegetarian fare is provided by local restaurants and purveyors (spinach pie from Skorpios in Huntington, some baked goods from Quintessential Cookies in Northport). Produce for salads is often (not always) organic. Pizza crusts (from Butera's restaurants) are topped with fresh ingredients and baked in the cafeteria's oven.
HOURS Opens an hour before the first film screening (around 12:30 p.m.) and closes just after the last showing starts (8:15 to 9:30 p.m.)
ADMISSION TO SITE None
INFO 631-277-3895, bayardcuttingarboretum.com
The mansion on the magnificent wooded grounds of the William Bayard Cutting estate harbors a cafe and tea room. Order indoors at a counter and claim a table on the scenic veranda overlooking the Connetquot River. The menu features sandwiches (such as smoked salmon or egg salad), quiches, salads and house-made desserts. You can book at least 24 hours ahead for a formal tea service, at $25.95 a person (minimum of two), plus 20 percent gratuity.
HOURS 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday until Nov. 1, when the cafe closes at 4 p.m.
ADMISSION TO SITE $8 parking
COST $-$$ (formal tea)
INFO 516-333-0048, oldwestburygardens.org
This aptly named outdoor cafe on the grounds of the Phipps family estate and formal gardens showcases the culinary skills of French-born chef Mathieu Frey (owner of Village Market in Great Neck). Order from his daily roster of sandwiches (such as roast beef, arugula with horseradish dressing sandwich on olive bread) and salads. Fresh fruit muffins, buttery croissants and other desserts are baked at Village Market. Frey also offers catering and lunchboxes for group tours.
HOURS Good weather only, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday-Monday. Hours change in autumn; closes for winter.
ADMISSION TO SITE $10 ($5 ages 7-12).
431 E. Main St., Riverhead
INFO 631-208-9200, longislandaquarium.com
Not far from the shark tank in the aquarium/theme park is a marine-themed cafeteria offering such basics as burgers, wraps, sandwiches and salads, ready-made and up for grabs. Indoor and outdoor seating is available. For something cold and sweet, there's also Scoops, a stand near the boardwalk serving Edy's ice cream in cones or cups.
HOURS 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
ADMISSION TO SITE $22.50 ($19.50 ages 3-17).
1 Davis Ave., Garden City
INFO 516-572-4111 or 516-572-4168, cradleofaviation.org.
While checking out the impressive collection of air and space craft at this high-flying museum, you may need to take a break and refuel. This Mars-themed cafe -- somewhere between a school cafeteria and airport grab-and-go -- has a refrigerator case with salads, sandwiches, yogurt and beverages as well as hot dogs, pizza slices and burgers, to be plucked from under the heat lamps. Not quite the food replicator on "Star Trek," but enough to keep you going.
HOURS Daily, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
ADMISSION TO SITE Children and seniors over 62, $12; adults, $14.