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Recent Long Island restaurant openings

Ginger infused tuna tartare with grilled scallions, rainbow

Ginger infused tuna tartare with grilled scallions, rainbow tapiko and pickled mushrooms at Metropolitan Kitchen and Bar, Glen Cove. Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

Maui Poke (6162 Jericho Tpke., Commack): Here, customers DIY their own bowls, burritos or salads; the owner has upped the ante on the usual suspects of tuna, salmon and tofu by also offering grilled eel or blue crab as proteins.

Metropolitan Restaurant & Bar (3 Pratt Blvd., Glen Cove): This catering hall reopened as a restaurant featuring an American menu "with a hint of Latin flair," with dishes like pan-seared scallops, rib-eye steak and Baja shrimp tacos.

Aubergine (1 Kalda Lane, Plainview): This food truck is the first eatery on Long Island to offer Egyptian eats, like foul mudames (stewed fava beans), and Middle Eastern dishes such as hummus and falafel.

Garden of Bacon (214-F Glen Cove Ave., Glen Cove): At this bacon-themed restaurant, you'll find bacon caramel cinnamon rolls, massive BLTs, cubano sandwiches, pork bacon strips and more.

The Ainsworth (210 Merrick Rd., Rockville Centre): This NYC-born restaurant has opened its first Long Island location serving its "greatest hits" such as 24-karat-gold-plated chicken wings and a burger topped with mac and cheese, plus a blend of steakhouse, New American, Mediterranean and global fare.

Mayra's Bakery (781 Hawkins Ave., Lake Grove): In addition to cake pops and croissants, this new bakery specializes in South American pastries.

The Watershed Kitchen & Bar (46 Front St., South Jamesport): This atmospheric spot in the Bay Breeze Inn has a string of indoor and outdoor dining spaces and an upscale gastropub menu that includes braised pork-belly sliders, a Maine-style lobster roll and more.

Ha Long Bay (1200 Jericho Tpke., New Hyde Park): This Vietnamese sandwich shop offers 10 banh-mi sandwiches, from classics filled with ham and crumbled pork, chicken or sardines to more recent innovations with tofu, roast duck or portobello mushrooms.

Brunetti (61 Main St., Westhampton Beach): This pizzeria, a fixture on Newsday's top pizza list, reopened in a larger space with an expanded menu that includes 13 signature pies, small plates and salads.

Sea Bar (7 Great Neck Rd., Great Neck Plaza): This new seafood restaurant, co-owned by the owner of Greek Xpress, has a raw bar and global starters such as popcorn shrimp, Maryland crab cakes and fish tacos, plus eight fish mains, like fillets of salmon, Chilean sea bass and ahi tuna.

Bar Grazie (5074 Sunrise Hwy., Massapequa Park): At this Italian gastrobar, which has Mexican flare, diners will find a variety of pizza, pasta dishes, empanadas, wings, tacos, salads and more.

Umberto's (25 E. Main St., Oyster Bay): This popular pizza chain has opened a new location offering pies for takeout and delivery only. Despite the small space, the menu here is nearly as big as some of the other 11 Umberto's on the Island.

Gregory's Coffee (1932 Deer Park Ave., Deer Park): This NYC coffee chain opened its first Long Island location, offering toasted marshmallow lattes, carrot-raisin pound cake and more.

Prime 39 (39 Atlantic Ave., Lynbrook): This "resto-lounge" offers a soulful global menu of crispy shrimp with Cheddar polenta and Cajun Hollandaise, Southern fried chicken with jalapeño drizzle, prime steaks and more.

Chick-fil-A, (530 Smithtown Bypass, Smithtown): The chain opened its 7th local location, offering its signature pressure-cooked chicken sandwiches, nuggets, wraps and salads, among other fast food staples.

Burgerology Express (408 Jericho Tpke., Syosset): This express location is "simpler and more limited, and the prices are much lower" than the three existing Burgerologies, according to partner John Galatoulas.

Clementine's (4836 Sunrise Hwy., Sayville): This plant based deli and bakery offers sandwiches, bowls of chili, snickerdoodle mini-cakes and brown-banana bread, among other items.

iSouvlaki (190 Glen St., Glen Cove): This fast-casual Greek restaurant serves five types of skewers, pork, chicken, bifteki (ground beef), shrimp and chickpea balls available a la carte, in a pita wrap or on a platter.

Amanda's Bakery Co. (184 W. Main St., Bay Shore): A 26-year-old opened this bakery with Instagram-friendly sweets including custom cakes, brownies and pastries.

Super Greek (966 Portion Road in Lake Ronkonkoma): This new Greek restaurant offers build-your-own bowls, sandwiches, platters and more.

Gracia's Taqueria (285 Commack Rd., Commack): This family owned spot offers three-dozen main dishes that combine Mexican, Tex-Mex and Mediterranean influences.

The Grub Shop (376 New York Ave., Huntington): Social media star, The Grubfather, opened this new shop offering a variety of cheesesteaks, fries, chicken tenders, salads and more.

Hummus Fit (41 Mercedes Way, Deer Park): This new food prep service offers pre-packed eats like high-protein breakfast wraps, lean turkey meatballs, Dunkaroo-flavored protein oats and more.

Rivers Cafe USA (304 Jericho Tpke., Floral Park): This new shop, which uses coffee imported from its family farm in El Salvador, features a walk-up counter for ordering beverages and just enough space to display its homemade sweets.

P.F. Chang's (373 S. Oyster Bay Road, Plainview): The chain's new concept has a much smaller footprint, a slightly smaller menu and offers only takeout.

Baked with Grace: A Farmingdale State College student has launched this cookie pie business, offering the treat in flavors like birthday cake, Oreo brownie, red velvet cheesecake and cinnamon roll. They're available at select spots around Long Island, and online at

Disset Chocolate: This new online chocolate shop from a Cutchogue-based chocolatier stocks unique flavors like raspberry with black sesame and strawberry with black pepper. They're also available at local pop-ups.

Peri-Peri Guys (285 S. Broadway in Hicksville): Here, customers choose their chicken (quarter, whole, breast, skewers or wings) and sauces (lemon-herb, mango-lime, mild, hot and "the hottest we go for now"), plus sides like mashed potatoes and mac 'n cheese.

Vincent's New York Wood-Fired Pizza Truck (384 Mark Tree Rd., East Setauket): Its menu features 10 specialty pies, such as the only-on-Long Island "L.I.B.E.C.," a bacon, egg and cheese pizza with an everything-bagel crust, as well as Caesar salad and pasta e fagioli.

The Cafe at Buttercooky Bakery (495 New York Ave., Huntington): This bakery has added savory eats to its menu, like avocado toast, omelets and waffles.

Hunter the Restaurant (1053 Oyster Bay Rd., East Norwich): This upscale French-inspired bistro serves a straightforward approach to classic dishes like steak frites, bouillabaisse, paella and duck a l'orange.

SpoonSticks (4348 Merrick Rd., Massapequa): This Korean and Japanese restaurant offers tteok bok ki, a comfort dish that's sometimes thought of as Korean mac 'n cheese, Korean-style chicken wings, tonkotsu ramen and more.

David's Cookies (Huntington Station and Garden City): After operating for more than 30 years as a mail-order company, the cookie brand opened two local storefronts, at Walt Whitman Shops and Roosevelt Field mall.

Elsie Lane Wing House (295 Main St., Huntington): This new wings spot offers 15 different sauces including mango-habanero and Asian garlic, plus mac-and-cheese, giant pretzels and Buffalo cauliflower bites.

Hot Chicken Mama (168 Montauk Hwy., Blue Point): This popular new chicken spot offers the comfort food in spices at one of six levels, from "easy" (dusted with cayenne) to the assaultive XL ("extra loud").

The Shuga Pie Shop (135 Deer Park Ave., Unit 3, Babylon): This tiny cake shop hidden in an alley offers no less than 10 different "shuga pies" a day, in flavors like funfetti and rainbow cookie.

Anthony's Kitchen & Cocktails (2601 Merrick Rd., Bellmore): This cozy new spot offers Italian American dishes with a twist, including stuffed veal chops, meatball-sausage-braciole pasta and steak tacos.

Nisi Mediterranean (598 Broadhollow Rd., Melville): The menu at this new Greek restaurant, on the first floor of the Hilton, features grilled octopus, spanakopita and lamb chops, plus twists on Greek staples, too.

Farm Stores (Smithtown and Island Park): This South Florida chain opened two Long Island drive-thrus, offering groceries, household items and ready-to-eat foods.

Threes Brewing (20 Clinton Ave., Huntington): This new satellite shop for the Brooklyn-based brewery saw demand for delivery spiked on Long Island during COVID, and has since opened a local bottle shop and bar.

Charred Brick Oven (3915 Merrick Rd., Seaford): This lobster shack turned pizzeria offers a menu of Italian favorites (mozzarella in carrozza, fritto misto, pappardelle with oxtail ragù), heros, salads, cheese board and more.

La Gran Amazonia (219 E. Main St., Patchogue): This new Ecuadorian restaurant offers tripe braised with peanuts and potatoes, a savory goat stew, plus rice, beans, avocado and fried coins of plantains, and more.

Philly Pretzel Factory (346 Route 25A, Rocky Point): This pretzel chain turns out a variety of freshly baked pretzels, from traditional hand-twisted with salt or cinnamon, to specialty ones stuffed with hot dogs, cheeseburgers and more.

O.G. Ramen (14A Railroad Ave., Babylon): This new ramen spot offers a variety of bowls, from traditional to gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan.

Burger Village (901 Broadhollow Rd., Farmingdale): This new burger joint has landed in the food-dense nucleus of the Walmart shopping plaza, offering organic, exotic-meat patties, shakes, fries, soups and salads.

Theo Thai Bistro (621 Hicksville Rd., Bethpage): This new eatery opened with a dual focus on Thai and Vietnamese eats, like drunken noodles and pho.

Luigi Q (400 S. Oyster Bay Rd., Hicksville): This Italian restaurant has reopened three years after being destroyed by a fire.

Food Court Korea (947 Willis Ave., Albertson): At this new spot, customers can find crunchy, light fried-chicken, Korean-style dumplings, bibimbap and more.

DQ Grill and Chill (594 Middle Country Rd., Nesconset): This chain goes beyond its signature Blizzards, offering burgers, artisan sandwiches, chicken sandwiches, hot dogs and more.

Doughnuttery (Garden City): This bite-size doughnut kiosk opened its first Long Island location at Roosevelt Field mall, offering two-inch doughnuts in 25 different flavors like "purple pig" and "green tea buzz."

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