Growing Strong: Long Island doesn't fall short on restaurant and bar options, with top-notch dining and tons of entertainment. Huntington is home to staple establishments like Finnegan’s Restaurant & Tap, which has been serving pub fare since 1912. Finnegan’s is the oldest continually operating bar in Huntington. But over the last few months a new wave of local restaurants have set up shop in and around town. Read below to find out more about the new kids on the block!
A split between traditional dishes and trendy tacos, Mission Taco brings a chill vibe that is family friendly earlier in the day to a trendy bar scene late at night. Standing apart from the many other Meixan restaurants in and around town, Mission Taco serves vegan options and grilled octopus tacos among others. Every week they introduce new drinks to their menu and have a rotating list over over 20 craft beers. Mission Taco is located at 371 New York Ave, Huntington and opens Mon-Thurs 11:30 a.m. - 10 p.m., Frid-Sat 11:30 a.m.- 11 p.m., and Sun 11:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Husband and Wife duo bring comfort food to Huntington. Leilu, which is named after their daughters Leila and Lucie, takes classic dishes that people are comfortable with and adds their own spin on them, from small plates and shareables like waffle sliders with maple-chili hollandaise to lamb bolognese verde with a pistachio-mint pesto. Leilu is located at 10 New Street, Huntington and opens Tue-Thurs 5 p.m.-10 p.m., Fri-Sat 5 p.m.-11 p.m. and Sun 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Once the trendy barbecue restaurant Radio Radio, New Wave Burrito Bar is a reinvention that happened in less than five days. Menu items like The Radio Wave is a burrito that tributes Radio Radio with house-made brisket, while the Ceviche Surfer Bowl lightens things up with, shrimp crab, tomato, chile and lime. The decor is a fun mix of rock and roll and west coast surfer vibes. New Wave Burrito Bar is located at 24 Clinton Ave, Huntington and opens Sun-Thurs 11:30 a.m. - 10 p.m. and Fri-Sat 11:30 a.m. -11 p.m.
Dominican cuisine is now available in Huntington. Punta Cana Grill brings fresh homemade food with fully customizable meals. Jon Romero, the owner, brings to the table Dominican cuisine with a twist, in an area that was lacking these flavors before. From customizable cana bowls to mac-and-cheese empanadas, Punta Cana Grill is a blend of traditional and experimental Dominican flavor. Punta Cana Grill is located at 376 New York Avenue, Huntington and opens Mon-Sat at 11 a.m., Sun. at noon and closes at 9 p.m.
“Eat Happy Live Better,” Organic Krush is a lifestyle eatery offering organic food and cold-pressed juices, with breakfast all day. Their food is free of pesticides, hormones & fake ingredients. They offer an array of daily specials, catering options and detox cleanses. Organic Krush is located at 1495 Old Country Road, Bldg C, Plainview and opens Mon-Fri 8 a.m.- 8 p.m. and Sat & Sun 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Harbor House joins its fellow restaurants on Main Street in downtown Northport. Offerings include burgers, chops, and seafood. ArToro Restaurant briefly occupied the space most recently, however, Ship’s Inn, which operated here for 22 years can be seen in elements like the carved ship in the front door. A rotating weekly beer menu from Sand City Brewing Co. is on tap as well as a selection of wines by the glass and house cocktails. Harbor House Northport is located at 78 Main Street, Northport and is open daily from 4 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Centerport: Callie’s Beach Cafe
Earlier this spring, owner Matthew Schomburg opened Callie’s, which is a nautically themed casual cafe and bar that also has a small market that sells basic provisions. Callie’s unique space holds couches, a communal table and a long wooden bar. The space is large enough to accommodate special events like Cooking Class, Open Mic Night, Live Music, Trivia Night & Movie Night. Happy Hour starts at 3pm during the week and Sunday Brunch from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. offering $20 unlimited mimosas, breakfast specials, kid games and music. Callie’s Beach Cafe is located at 109 Mill Dam Road, Centerport and is open from 11 a.m - 9 p.m. Tue -Sun.