12 Places to Eat This February

From doughnuts to burgers and beyond, Long Island is home to so many eateries worth braving the cold for.

February. The shortest month of the year that somehow always feels the longest. We blame the cold, the short days and the possibility of snow. Don’t let the weather keep you home. You need to try a meal or a drink at these new Long Island restaurants and bars.

Elsie Lane

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Kitchen opens at 11:30 everyday! BIG RICH – Pickle green tomatoes, cheddar cheese, applewood smoked bacon and topped with buttermilk slaw and barbeque sauce. 📸 @jamesmorano

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While your friends were rooting for the Pats or Rams on Super Bowl Sunday, were you busy toasting the snacks?  If so, you need to try Elsie Lane, an upscale sports bar (if this a new trend we’re fully onboard) recently opened in New Hyde Park. The classy bar features plenty of flatscreens, traditional game-day food—think wings, pretzels and burgers and 1920s cocktails such as the You’re the Bees Knees (gin, fresh lemon, and honey simple syrup). 

Kravingz Sweet & Savory

FYI: Swimsuit season is a long way off. Go ahead and indulge in comfort food with a twist at Garden City’s Kravingz Sweet & Savory. Loaded fries? Yes, please.

Small Batch

For anyone that can’t shop without eating, celebrity chef Tom Colicchio is here for you. His latest restaurant, Small Batch, is open in Roosevelt Field Mall, and with entrees like grilled swordfish, served with white beans and roasted tomatoes, you’ll forget what the words “food court” mean.

Union Burger Bar

Sometimes you just need a big, fat, burger with all the fixin’s. If you’re in Southampton, satisfy that craving at Union Burger Bar.

Karmic Grind

Psst…not only is Locust Valley’s newest coffee shop, Karmic Grind, serving up lattes with our favorite alternative-milk beverage Oatly, they make a dang good latte and let us sip it in a comfortable atmosphere. We may make this spot our new office away from the office.

The Rose Room

We admit to being skeptical of the new bar at the Garden City Hotel. Speakeasy style, it can be a bit of work to find it (we were told to enter through the loading dock). But the creative cocktails with housemade bitters make it worth a visit if you’re a twenty-something millennial.  

North Fork Doughnut Co.

If you haven’t yet been to North Fork Doughnut Co., get there stat. Enough said.

Maui Chop Chouse

Escape to Hawaii (aka Rocky Point) at Maui Chop House. One bite of a Hawaiian Sweet Roll and you’ll forget all about the cold.


Mattitaco has brought a taste of Mexico to the North Fork. • Photo courtesy of Mattitaco

Peconic Bay scallop tacos, anyone? Get them at Justin Schwartz’s new casual eatery Mattitaco in  Mattituck.

Kitchen Melody

Warm up with a bowl of Pork Meat Ball Cabbage Soup at Great Neck’s Kitchen Melody. The restaurant with its classic Sichuan dishes and causal, yet luxe interior is the perfect place for your next date night.

Restoration Kitchen & Cocktails

Put your money back into the community at recently opened Restoration Kitchen & Cocktails in Lindenhurst, which donates 100% of their proceeds to local charities.


Grab some sushi with your Valentine at Port Washington’s newest Japanese restaurant Tiga from Chef Roy Kurniawan.

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