3 New Restaurants To Try on Long Island

Sorrisos surf n turf.


Sorriso, meaning “smile” in Italian, is aiming to cheer up your day during this distressing pandemic. 

The restaurant is owned by Pietro and Vania Grippi, who are also known for running Pietro’s Brick Oven Pizzeria in Oyster Bay. Their new restaurant is old school with a modern flair, having many unique features including a wood-fired oven straight from Italy. Executive Chef Carl Michael Savino is recognized for his illustrious resumé, being the owner/executive chef at Carl Michaels Catering, a catering company highly regarded by the film and television industry.

Support the restaurant and savor their 12-inch pizza, including the campagnola, with crumbled sausage, sun-dried tomatoes, broccoli rabe, fresh mozzarella, garlic, and oil ($15). Also available are a multitude of pastas and other entrees such as the penne romanza ($22). Sorriso is open for outdoor dining and will continue offering takeout.

2232 Jericho Tpke., Garden City Park, 516-742-8800, sorrisorestaurantgcp.com


A Latin-oriented eatery with a vegan and gluten-free friendship, The Purple Elephant boasts fresh non-GMO cuisine while taking in the alluring indoor/outdoor scenery of the Britannia Yachting Center. 

Since its inception, the restaurant has emphasized using the most thoroughly trusted sources possible. Menus are updated daily to ensure the purest organic ingredients. 

Patrons can satiate their palates in vegan assortments such as the organic burnt ends enchiladas ($23) and the stuffed spaghetti squash ($22). There are also a variety of gluten-free and non-vegan options including the casado platter ($20-32) and taco truck menu. A clean cocktail menu is served as well. The Purple Elephant is offering patio dining outdoors and will continue its takeout service.

81B W Fort Salonga Rd., Northport, 631-651-5002, thepurpleelephantny.com


If you’re craving Japanese food, Anzai Asian Fusion will be worth your while. Whether via no-contact takeout or delivery, Anzai’s extensive menu will satisfy even the pickiest of eaters.

The clever menu, offering unique rolls for each month of the year and even for each day of the week, can help guide even the most indecisive diners. Feast on the June roll, consisting of lobster salad, crab meat, asparagus, avocado, and spicy mayo inside a tempura roll ($13).

If you prefer a cooked entree, besides the 18 different choices of hibachi styles available, you can’t go wrong with the Mandarin crispy duck entree with vegetables in a brown sauce ($20).

1856 Front St., East Meadow, 516-307-8883, anzaifusion.com

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