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Top 25 Places to Eat on Long Island



Yelp’s Top 25 Places to Eat is a list unlike any other “best of” out there. Sure, you’ll see your obvious local favorites on the list, but it’s also chock full of hidden gems and off-the-beaten-path joints like Il Piccolo Villagio Ristorante, tucked away inside the heart of Islip. From fine dining to halal takeout spots — find them all in Yelp’s Top 25 Places to Eat on Long Island.

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Topping this year’s Top 25 Places to Eat list is El Mofongo Restaurant, a family owned restaurant specializing in exquisite homestyle Dominican and International cuisine. Chef Hector Henriquez is a true master of his art, creating fine-dining and homestyle specialties that will take you back to that comfort zone we all call home.

Pro tip: You’re going to want to make a note of these spots, so we made it easy for you. For great businesses at your fingertips, get the Top 25 to-go. Follow this collection on Yelp.

  1. El Mofongo Restaurant (Hempstead)

Cuisine:  Dominican

What they’re known for: Mofongo, pernil, pollo guisado, bacalao, flan

Yelpers say: “The smells are reminiscent of coming home – chicken breast so moist and flavorful (not easy), ribs just fell off the bone delicious and pernil is just like abuela would make (or better but don’t tell her). Oh and don’t forget dessert – tres leche is worth every calorie!” – Lynda C

2. Saverio’s Authentic Pizza Napoletana (Massapequa)

Cuisine:  Italian, Pizza

What they’re known for: Brick oven pizzas, pesto pies, sausage ricotta, margherita

Yelpers say: “The pizza is cooked in an authentic Napolitano oven which leaves the pizza with a crisp airy crust.  Those ovens give the pizza that smoky coal taste crust which pairs beautifully with their simple but delicious San Marzano tomato sauce…delish.” – Nicole C

3. Sherry Blossom (Long Beach)

Cuisine: Hawaiian, Ramen, Poke

What they’re known for: Soup dumplings, pork buns, ramen, sushi burrito

Yelpers say: “Some of the best if not the best ramen / poke bowls I’ve had. First off every staff member, including Sherry herself, are wonderful and extremely friendly… Their dumplings are always super fresh and have the perfect amount of crisp to it.” – Jatin K

4. Taco El Chingon (Bellmore)

Cuisine: Mexican

What they’re known for: Al pastor tacos, shrimp tacos, nachos, chips and guac, large portions

Yelpers say: “This local gem hits all the right notes on flavors. Just the right balance to satisfy the palate. You can tell that the dishes are fresh and they really season the dishes very well… With the order they provided many sauces. Each one has different levels of heat intensity. One had more smokey flavor as well.” – Tracy D

5. I Am Nacho Mama (Hicksville)

Cuisine: Mexican, Latin American, Street-style cuisine

What they’re known for: Mama Cuba Sandwich, chicken tacos, empanadas, burrito bowls, nachos

Yelpers say: “Been here a few times and the food finally convinced me to write my first review. The best fried empanadas I’ve had North of the border and I can never avoid the drinks from their coffee bar. What impresses me the most is their consistency in service and taste. Whatever you do get the churros!!!” – Eduardo C

6. Barrow Food House Riverhead, NY

7.Kenko Asian Cuisine Merrick, NY

8. flora Westhampton Beach, NY

9. Gran Paradiso Island Park, NY

10. NoaMar Markets Babylon, NY

11. eShin Noodle Bar Stony Brook, NY

12. Plant Wise Dix Hills, NY

13. Long Island Pekin Babylon, NY

14. Flame Halal Gyro Patchogue, NY

15. Sam’s Sushi Bistro Farmingville, NY

16. Spoonsticks Massapequa, NY

17. Social Play Haus Plainview, NY

18. Meet Izakaya Bar Rockville Centre, NY

19. Jojo’s Juice Bar and Grill Valley Stream, NY

20. Olive Branch Restaurant & Bar Greenport, NY

21. La Mesa Massapequa, NY

22. Hops Scotch Bottle Shop Deer Park, NY

23. il Piccolo Villaggio Ristorante Islip, NY

24. Mazzar Grill Huntington, NY

25. Bird And Bao Patchogue, NY

Methodology: This is an all-time list of the Top Places to Eat in the Long Island area according to Yelp. We identified businesses in the restaurant category on Yelp, then ranked those spots using a number of factors, including the total volume and ratings of reviews. This list looked at businesses in and around the Long Island area. All businesses were marked open on Yelp as of June 30th, 2022. When available, all businesses on this list have a passing health score as of June 30th, 2022.

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