Long Island Restaurant Week Returns November 4

Patchogue’s Rhum is just one of Long Island Restaurant Week’s many participating restaurants. • Photo by Doug Young

Dining out is one of life’s great pleasures. For an hour or so, your only job is to eat, drink and enjoy your company; the restaurant will handle the rest. So you submit your order and then you submit to the experience, savoring every last morsel until you get the check.

And that’s when it hits: the sum’s sobering effect. You start to wonder if you really needed those appetizers, that second glass of wine; if you were silly to order dessert rather than just have coffee instead.

Long Island Restaurant Week is the antidote to these regrets.

From Sunday, November 4 through Sunday, November 11, participating restaurants will offer a $29.95 three-course prix fixe all night, every night (except Saturday, when it only has to be offered until 7:00 p.m.). The menus are fairly extensive, too, with each restaurant offering at least three choices per course—that’s three appetizers, three entrées, and three desserts.

Just as impressive is Long Island Restaurant Week’s line-up of participating restaurants. Locals can choose from over 100 eateries, from Nassau to Suffolk, and as far as the East End.

But how can you choose? We often can’t—and wind up dining out more than once every time. Here are 7 places we will be dining this Restaurant Week.

1. Kingfish Oyster Bar

As far as we’re concerned, there are two rules you should never forget: Don’t talk to strangers and always trust Tom Schaudel. The chef has never let us down, and his latest restaurant, Kingfish Oyster Bar in Westbury, is no exception.

They haven’t released their Restaurant Week menu just yet, but expect to see seafood as expertly prepared as it is astonishingly fresh.

2. The LakeHouse
Bay Shore


For many, dining at the LakeHouse in Bay Shore is reserved for special occasions. Long Island Restaurant Week wants to change that. So treat yourself to three-courses of waterfront dining for fewer than $30.

Like Kingfish, the LakeHouse hasn’t released their Restaurant Week menu just yet, but stay tuned to their Instagram feed for a sneak peek soon. You won’t be disappointed.

3. H2O Seafood & Sushi

The Bohlsen Restaurant Group does three things exceptionally well: food, drink, and hospitality. Enjoy all three at a steep discount during Long Island Restaurant Week at H2O in Smithtown.

You won’t find plastic straws there (they recently banned them from all Bohlsen restaurants, in an inspiring show of their team’s dedication to sustainability), but you will find world-class sushi. Enjoy it.

4. Caracara Mexican Grill

This Restaurant Week, treat yourself to amazing and authentic Mexican food in a cozy, romantic setting at Caracara in Farmingdale. Just don’t be surprised if you feel compelled to kiss your dinner companion afterwards; this place has a certain kind of magic (and I’m not just saying that because my husband and I got engaged in its parking lot).

5. Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas

Mamma mia, this place is good. If you’re craving Italian food during Restaurant Week, you can’t go wrong at Woodbury’s Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas.

Since you’re saving so much on the cost of dinner, definitely splurge a little on your drinks here. Spuntino’s wine list is impressive, and their cocktails have never disappointed us.

6. Rhum

We have two words for you: Duck empanadas.

This Restaurant Week, run—don’t walk—to Rhum in Patchogue, where the food and drinks will teleport you from our island to another, more tropical one. No baggage fees required.

7. Noah’s

Get thee to Greenport. We love Noah’s all year, but it’s especially nice (and easy on our wallet) during Restaurant Week.

Our expert advice: Head out east early and stop for pre-dinner drinks at the Lin Beach House just a few minutes away. Then head over to Noah’s for some of our favorite small plates on the island. Cheers to Long Island Restaurant Week.


Long Island Restaurant Week will return on Sunday, November 4 and will run through Sunday, November 11. For more information, please visit the event’s website.