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Where to Eat on Long Island, Heading East

Quick stops and sit-downs for road trips

Heading Out East need not be a slog even with traffic: There are hidden gems along every route. Here’s a selection of quick and easy places, as opposed to destination-worthy dining.

Of course it’s usually fastest to travel along the LIE, but consider a meandering trip along the northern or southern routes, allowing time to stop for fried clams, small plates, local brews, regional Chinese, All-American hamburgers, and more. This is by no means comprehensive, but it’s a start; if you’re so inspired, leave suggestions in the comments.


Where to Eat Along the Northern Route

This is no fast-track ride like the LIE, but there’s plenty to see if you’re interested in stopping along the way. From Huntington that’s bursting with restaurants to the plethora of regional Chinese restaurants in Stony Brook, this might be the richest restaurant route. Read on.

Where to Eat Along the LIE

The road Out East can be interminable, but even along the LIE there are interesting stops to break up the trip. From a standard bistro, to a taqueria in a former pizzeria, here are some recommendations. Read on.

Where to Eat Along the Southern Route

Along the Southern route, there are a handful of Long Island iconic restaurants worth a stop for character alone. Speaking of characters, you could also stop in Freeport for a bite at Nawlins Seafood Company, or frozen cocktails at Bracco’s Nautical Mile and a crowd that gets more drunk as the night wears on. But this is a list of places for a shorter stay. Read on.

Where to Eat in Riverhead

There’s been a boomlet of restaurants and bars in Riverhead, so there’s no reason to cruise on by, especially if there’s traffic ahead. Read on.

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