3 New Restaurants To Try on Long Island

The Blue Crab Beignets at Hooks & Chops.


Mangia Bene has been bringing classic Italian dishes to Rockville Centre’s diverse food scene since its opening in September. 

This Italian eatery gives pasta lovers a large selection to choose from, including linguine di mare ($13-$24), The Parms — breaded and pan-fried veal or chicken ($19-$32), bucatini carbonara and garganelli Siciliano with Sicilian eggplant, ricotta and tomatoes ($10-$19). Mangia Bene offers specialty pizzas such as garden, pesto and Margherita, and an option to customize your own pizza ($12-plus).

As part of its aperitivo specials, the bar serves appetizers and drinks from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesdays through Fridays.

14 South Park Ave., Rockville Centre, 516-447-6744, mangiabenervc.com


Lessing Hospital Group’s new “ghost” kitchen, taking orders for delivery only, specializes in Southern comfort food. 

Mother Cluckers’ chicken sandwiches, buttermilk crispy chicken ($10), California style ($11) and Nashville hot chicken ($10), can be served with coleslaw, mac ‘n’ cheese or seasoned house fries ($3.50). Customers can also try the special “what the cluck??!!” sandwich with pickles, applewood smoked bacon, banana peppers, fried onions and Alabama white barbecue sauce on a toasted pretzel bun ($12). 

This virtual kitchen delivers from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. every day through DoorDash, UberEats, and Grubhub.



At Hooks & Chops, Executive Chef Steven Del Lima combines both land and seafood options for a well-rounded dining experience.

Grilled Ōra king salmon, ricotta cavatelli, Florida red snapper, peanut-crusted filet mignon and New York strip steak frites are just a few of this seafood chophouse’s menu items ($27-$39). Choose from an assortment of desserts such as baked Alaska ($12), Tahitian vanilla crème brûlée ($10) and cheesecake with berries, vanilla anglaise and whipped cream ($10) or dessert wines ($10-$23).

Hooks & Chops is open for dining after 5 p.m, Monday through Saturday and after 4 p.m. on Sundays. Enjoy selections from their happy hour menu anytime from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.

6330 Jericho Tpke., Commack, 631-600-0521, hooksandchops.com

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