New restaurants opening on LI in '24. NewsdayTV's Macy Egeland and Newsday food writer Erica Marcus report. Credit: NewsdayTV; Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

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 thislist of new dining-out spots.

Dough & Co, Northport 

Dough & Co., the highly regarded pizzeria that Danny Rocca and Teddy Fortunato opened in Huntington in 2022, is expanding to Northport. The new location will take over the former La Casa Pizza at 1014 Fort Salonga Rd. and be similar in size and the same concept, Rocca said. He hopes for a June opening. 

Popup Bagels, Roslyn

Although they hail from Connecticut, the viral bagel brand Popup Bagels, which had sellout stints around New York City and the Hamptons, will land in Roslyn early this summer. The small, airy bagels, which are sold with creatively flavored sides of dipping schmears -- French onion cream cheese, creme brulee butter -- will be located at 1388 Old Northern Blvd. in June.

Van Leeuwen, Garden City

Van Leeuwen, the Brooklyn ice cream brand that began as a yellow scoop truck in NYC in 2008, will land its first Long Island location within Roosevelt Field mall this summer. Known for its French-style ice cream made with extra egg yolks, the shop will be located on the second floor of the mall, away from the Dining District. 

Sag Harbor Tavern, Sag Harbor

Last year's Sag Harbor Kitchen, fronted by chef Melissa O'Donnell, located in the former American Legion Hall on Sag Harbor's marina, will change hands for the upcoming season. The team behind Red Hook Tavern in Brooklyn is slated to open its first sister restaurant space in the seaside hamlet in May.

The Ketch, Westhampton

Buoy One in Westhampton, which closed earlier this year, will be succeeded by The Ketch. Gina Stefanides, who owns the new restaurant with her husband, Chris, said that the new restaurant would continue to serve seafood but would be adding steaks, chops and pasta to the menu. Buoy One’s original location, in Riverhead, remains open. Stefanides hopes to open The Ketch by the end of May.

Nola, Seaford

After Puglia’s Italian Steakhouse in Seaford was destroyed by fire last year, owner Greg Garofalo decided to debut a new concept. Nola, named for a town near Naples, will serve Italian fare but also sushi. Garofalo's family also owns the Original Puglia (est. 1919) in Little Italy. In 2020 he launched Charred Brick Oven where his five-year-old Seaford Lobster Shack had been. Garofalo is hoping to open Nola by May.

Lucharitos has multiple Long Island locations that serve Mexican specialties...

Lucharitos has multiple Long Island locations that serve Mexican specialties such as a coconut shrimp burrito bowl. Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

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. This will be the largest location yet, and the first in Nassau County. By midsummer, LaMaina 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.

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.  

Morgan's BBQ, Huntington Station

Morgan's BBQ has 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. Updated 3/6

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