The Long Island restaurant scene has seen several national chains pop up in the past year. Here are four to check out, each with its own niche.
The first Long Island branch of a counter-service California-based franchise chain opened in July in West Babylon. Here, you move down a line and tell a pizza assembler which toppings you want. Your pie is then slid into an 800-degree gas-burning oven.
1047 W. Montauk Hwy., West Babylon; 631-620-3326, blazepizza.com
The first Long Island branch of the Chicago-based UNO pizza chain made its October debut at Tanger Outlets at The Arches in Deer Park. You'll find counter service and both Chicago-style deep-dish and thin-crust pizzas, along with entrees, pastas, panini and salads.
152 The Arches Circle No. 996, Deer Park, 631-865-0920, unofresco.com
This Florida-based national franchise chain launched its first Long Island branch in Levittown in October. Founded by firefighters, it specializes in sandwiches and is decorated with memorabilia from the local fire department.
3359A Hempstead Tpke., Levittown, 516-597-4810, firehousesubs.com
This new restaurant in Lake Grove may win you over with its tasteful good looks -- neutral colors and sleek surfaces punctuated by glittery fishlike metal wall sculptures. Bonefish Grill offers lobster, scallops, shrimp, and other succulent seafood dishes.
472 Smith Haven Mall, Lake Grove, 631-734-4012, bonefishgrill.com