The new Muscle Maker Grill in Merrick serves Hollywood chicken...

The new Muscle Maker Grill in Merrick serves Hollywood chicken salad from its lighter side menu. (Undated) Credit: Handout

Muscle Maker Grill, a New Jersey-based national healthy eating chain, is muscling its way onto Long Island. Two new branches have opened in Amityville and Long Beach, with one in Merrick to follow shortly and, within the next few weeks, places in East Meadow and Huntington Station, too.

What these counter-serve spots are all about is lean protein-based eating. On the menu are Texas chicken nuggets (284 calories, $4.99), a Mardi Gras Cajun grilled chicken salad (415 calories, $9.35) and a veggie wrap (440 calories; $6.99). A new “lighter side” roster features items less than 400 calories at $5.99 each, among them penne Romano featuring chicken in a reduced fat vodka sauce, a “Mona Lisa” chicken wrap and a “Hollywood” grilled chicken breast and turkey bacon salad.

Muscle Maker Grill is at 80 Merrick Rd., Amityville, 631-464-4277, and 18 E. Park Ave., Long Beach,


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