Here's a sneak peek at new restaurants that are slated to open soon around Long Island. Check back as Newsday's food critics update this list of new dining-out spots.
Very Juice, Great Neck
With two locations in Brooklyn and one in the Five Towns, this kosher cafe is opening its fourth location in Great Neck. The chic cafe is expected to open in the former Bareburger at 32 Middle Neck Rd. this spring, the mini chain announced on Instagram. The spot has a large vegetarian menu of panini, salads and dishes like shakshuka.
Lucharitos, Mineola and Ronkonkoma
Marc LaMaina’s modern Mexican minichain (Greenport, Center Moriches, Mattituck, Melville) is on track to open at 199 Second St. in Mineola in March. This will be the largest location yet, and the first in Nassau County. By midsummer, he hopes to open at Station Yards, the new mixed-use development coming to Ronkonkoma.
The Pizzeria, Babylon
Since the 2020 opening of its first location, a stall in the food court at Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove, The Pizzeria has been blazing a trail across Suffolk County. With Bayport, Islip, Bay Shore and Lindenhurst under control, the group is opening its biggest eatery to date in Babylon. Partner Cliff Weinstein says that The Pizzeria is slated to take over the 5,000-square-foot building at 217 E. Main St. that used to be Cooper Street, and that a March opening is projected.
LB Bistro, Long Beach
Matt Hisiger, whose eight-year-old LB Social has become a local favorite, is branching out — to two blocks east. He’s taken over Steven’s Pasta (which closed last year) and is turning the space into a LB Bistro, a chic French eatery serving classic bistro fare. He’s hoping to open by April.
Elaine’s Restaurant and Bar, East Setauket
Elaine and Enzo Micali are moving into the old Tai Show North space at 316 Main St. Elaine, who spent many years working at Pentimento in Stony Brook, said it was a “rustic Italian restaurant with an upscale American bar.” The Micalis are hoping for an early spring opening.
Bar Clementine, Islip
The team behind The LakeHouse in Bay Shore has taken over the old Treme location at 553 Main St. in Islip and are turning it into a 40-seat high-end cocktail bar. Partner Eileen Connors said that the vibe will be “happy hour in Paris” with a “civilized, grown-up décor” and a menu of straightforward French fare like a frisée salad with lardons and a poached egg, steak frites and offerings from a raw bar. Already in the works: a signature Clementine cocktail.
What started off as a low-key gathering spot on the Upper East Side of Manhattan 28 years ago quickly grew a following, made its way out to Southampton in 2019, and will now open its latest outpost at 1363 Old Northern Blvd. in Roslyn. Longtime T-Bar owners Tony Fortuna and Derek Axelrod are at the helm, taking over the former Brass Swan space, which is slated to open early March.
Noema, Garden City
The second location of the upscale Greek restaurant in Huntington is a collaboration between restaurateur Lisa DiPinto and “Chopped” champion Nicholas Poulmentis. Noema's second location is going into the old Gross Jewelers building at 815 Franklin Ave. The team said it's currently getting permits and has a targeted opening in spring 2024.
The Shed, Westbury
If you're a breakfast all-day kind of diner, and live in (or near) The Selby apartment building in Westbury, you're in luck: The Shed, which has restaurants in Plainview, Huntington and West Sayville, plans to open on the ground floor in the spring of 2024 to serve oversize omelets, bowls, burgers and more.
Caracara Mexican Grill, East Northport
The 12-year-old Farmingdale Mexican restaurant signed a lease in 2018 but owner Tony Kathreptis said the pandemic was only one of several roadblocks that surfaced to delay the opening. The new restaurant, at 356 Larkfield Rd. next to Lidl, will combine two empty storefronts, a pizzeria and a card store. Kathreptis hopes to be open by summer, 2024.
Press 195, Plainview
Rockville Centre’s 13-year-old Press 195 will be getting a Plainview sibling in 2024, according to co-owner Brian Karp. The sandwich specialist is “in the early stages” of construction at what used to be Prime Burger Bar in Morton Village Plaza.
Plado Tasting Bar, Glen Cove
Chef-owner German Rizzo, who opened his Mediterranean small-plates concept in Manhattan’s East Village in 2019, is expanding to Glen Cove. His Plado Tasting Bar will take over the free-standing building at 274 Glen St., formerly Riviera Grill. Rizzo hopes to open in March.
Dortoni Bakery, Huntington Station
The Messina family, who owns Dortonis in Levittown, Commack, East Norwich and Port Jefferson, have purchased the old Pier 1 building on Jericho Turnpike and will open a fifth bakery there, potentially in March.
Tiny’s Cantina, Huntington Station
Though signage has been advertising this new Mexican spot for nearly a year, it's close to opening off Route 110's Walt Whitman Shops. Tiny's hails from Brooklyn and is a popular spot for grub before shows at Barclays Center, with margaritas and tacos on housemade tortillas among its offerings.
Morgan's BBQ, Huntington Station
Like Tiny's Cantina, Morgan's BBQ has also teased its imminent arrival for months in the Walt Whitman Shops — will an opening finally be on the horizon? The owners are bringing Texas barbecue to the Island by way of Brooklyn and Pennsylvania, where Morgan's is already slinging ribs and slaw.