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Banana pancakes at The Ainsworth.

New Restaurants on Long Island

THE AINSWORTH 

This full-scale restaurant, bar, and lounge keeps expanding, and Rockville Centre is its newest location.

Join a few friends for brunch at the Ainsworth, where chefs serve up Nutella-stuffed french toast ($15), banana-walnut pancakes ($15), morning flatbread ($14), short-ribs egg Benedict ($23), and avocado toast ($16). Bottomless mimosas are a brunch must-have, also available at this establishment ($25). If you’re looking to dine after brunch hours, you’re in luck because there is an extensive dinner menu as well. Choose between double cut pork chops, Mediterranean salmon, (roasted) brick chicken, and the Ainsworth signature mac burger ($18-$35).

The Ainsworth is open for dine-in, takeout, and delivery Tuesday through Friday from 5 to 11 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

210 Merrick Rd., Rockville Centre, 516-442-2600, theainsworth.com/rockville-centre 

ROOTS 

Roots Juice Bar & Cafe specializes in fast, affordable, and healthy, immune-boosting food, smoothies, and juices.

Parfait, matcha, and choco banana are just a few of the smoothies sold at this new juice bar ($7). On the juice side, enjoy favorites like Lemon Aid, Mellow Melon, Island Breeze, and Mr. Green, made with apple, spinach, kale, pineapple, cucumber, and lemon ($6). Pair one of these with almond butter toast, avocado wrap, acai bowl, bruschetta, or tomato ceviche salad, to name a few ($8-$10). Daily juice cleanses, consisting of five juices and three shots, are also offered to target weight loss, immune boosting, and detoxing ($30 each).

Roots is available for dine-in, takeout, and delivery, seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

392 New York Ave., Huntington, 631-729-7400, rootsnewyork.com 

BEN’S CRAB

This Louisiana-inspired seafood restaurant decided to bring its tasty garlic butter seasoning and special Cajun blend to Massapequa, making the community its third location, in addition to Uniondale and Oceanside.

Partake in the raw bar’s Blue Point oysters and shrimp cocktails (6 for $10, 12 for $18). It’s safe to say that Ben’s main and combo menus are a seafood lover’s dream. Clams, mussels, crawfish, lobster tail, shrimp, as well as snow and king crab legs are all available by the pound ($14-$44/ lb.). In addition, feast on dishes like lobster rolls ($20), crab cakes ($12), lobster Cajun pasta ($24), or pan-seared scallops ($13).

Ben’s Crab is open for dine-in, takeout, and delivery on Sundays from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Monday through Saturday, 2 p.m. to 11 p.m.

45 Carmans Rd., Massapequa, 516-344-5510, benscrab.com/massapequa 

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