There’s more to Long Island than sand and sun. Because of its proximity to New York City and the Atlantic Ocean, Long Island is a hidden treasure when it comes to food. It has recently been getting attention for its local cuisine. With a focus on fresh and local ingredients, there are plenty of options to satisfy any craving.
While Long Island isn’t technically part of New England, the access to the ocean means that you can still find fresh, buttery lobster rolls at several spots around the region. The lobster roll at Clam Bar in Amagansett is a local favorite. The sweet, tender lobster meat is cooked and seasoned to perfection. Pair this mouthwatering sandwich with some coleslaw or corn on the cob for an unforgettable meal.
Colourful and Eye-popping Frozen Desserts
If you’re looking for some frozen desserts to help you cool off after a long day of fun in the sun, Long Island has plenty of options. The region has its fair share of specialty frozen desserts. In the Oyster Bay area, you can pick up a cone of Bonanza’s Italian ice. If milkshakes are more your thing, try Diner by the Sea’s outrageous rainbow shakes. One of our favorite places is Magic Fountain Ice Cream, a little old-fashioned ice cream shop offering over 20 flavors!
Fresh Seafood Platters
While visiting Long Island, you don’t want to miss out on the chance to sample all the flavors the sea has to offer. Several restaurants in the area serve seafood platters that blend shrimp, crab, and oysters to create a savory feast. To fully experience all the flavors Long Island has to offer, we recommend extending your stay by booking one of the quality hotels in the area.
If seafood isn’t quite your thing, there are also plenty of pizzerias on Long Island. You can find anything from Neapolitan-style pies at Naples Street Food to coal-fired pizzas at Salvatore’s. If you want to have an experience authentic to Long Island, try a Cold Cheese Slice at Little Vincent’s Pizza. This local classic is prepared by adding a handful of cold, shredded mozzarella on top of a regular slice of cheese pizza, fresh from the oven. The result is a gooey, flavorful mess that will have you asking for more.
Homemade Fruit Pies
Most people may not think of pies when they think of Long Island. However, Long Island has several farms that offer unique access to quality ingredients. At Briermere Farms, you can purchase pies, jams, and jellies made from ingredients that are completely fresh and local. If you consider yourself a fan of this all-American dessert, make sure to stop by during your visit to Long Island to pick up one of these fruit pies.
With so many great options, Long Island is an absolute must for any foodie’s bucket list. Whether you’re into seafood, desserts, or just food in general, make sure to make the most of your next visit to Long Island by sampling the local fare.
Contributed by a guest writer