3 New Restaurants To Try on Long Island

Uptown Taco Buffalo Chicken Taco (1)
Uptown Taco’s Buffalo chicken taco.

Taco Tuesday isn’t just limited to Tuesdays at Uptown Taco, which like each of these new restaurants, is open for curbside pickup and delivery during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Start things off with lollipop wings ($11), nachos ($13), a giant pretzel ($13), or pepita seed hummus ($6). Then continue the fun by ordering a burrito bowl (starting at $10), quesadilla ($8-$11), or, as the name heavily implies, one of their creative tacos ($5-$6.50), including Chinatown roast pork tacos, barbeque chicken tacos, gyro tacos, and Korean short-rib tacos. The restaurant offers vegan tacos that consist of cauliflower, brussel sprout, or butternut squash.  

Finally, let’s taco-bout ending your meal with a delicious dessert of churro bites served with chocolate dipping sauce ($6), tres leches cake ($6), or a mouthwatering taco sundae, with cinnamon ice cream served with chocolate syrup and whipped cream in a waffle taco ($10). 

155 Tulip Ave., Floral Park, 516-502-1456, uptowntaco.com

Buttermilk’s Chicken brings the delicious tastes and recipes of Southern buttermilk fried chicken to Long Island. 

Get your weekly fix of chicken from a menu featuring chicken wings (starting at $6.99), chicken salad ($6.99), chicken sandwiches that can be combined with a choice of farmhouse fries or onion rings (starting at $4.99), chicken combos consisting of drum sticks, chicken breasts, chicken thighs, and/or chicken tenders, served with a choice of a side and a buttermilk biscuit or cornbread (starting at $4.99), and chicken noodle soup ($3.49).  

Some of the sides served are Southern rice, hand-whipped potatoes, sweet buttery corn, creamy coleslaw, and cornbread. Also, in case you were wondering, yes, Buttermilk’s Chicken does offer a few vegan dishes. 

93 East Main St., East Islip, 631-581-3000, facebook.com/buttermilkschicken

Boxcar Burgers is a new burger joint located at the Ronkonkoma Long Island Rail Road station that sells one-way tickets to a land of stomach satisfaction. 

Some of the freshly and locally sourced items found on the menu are hot dogs ($3.75), hamburgers ($3.50), cheeseburgers ($4.50), grilled cheese ($3.50), jalapeno poppers ($4), and black bean burgers ($7). 

An item fleeing the station but catching the eyes of patrons is the runaway burger. This burger is a burger served with melty American cheese, bacon, crunchy onion rings, and barbecue sauce on a warm, toasty bun. This item is great when combined with fresh, hand-cut fries that come in sizes of small ($1.75) and large ($2.75).  

90 Railroad Ave., Ronkonkoma, 631-615-2717, boxcarburgersli.com

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