Local Restaurants Voted ‘Best of Long Island’ in These 5 Categories

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Kwong Ming

Next time you’re craving quality Chinese food, try Kwong Ming restaurant in Wantagh! For nearly 60 years, Kwong Ming has been satisfying customers with traditional Cantonese cuisine, a full-service bar, and a takeout menu. The restaurant accommodates health-conscious customers by using vegetable oil and less salt in each dish in addition to incorporating a variety of healthy ingredients. Kwong Ming can cater your next party and can accommodate large groups or parties for corporate catering, birthday parties, christenings, communions, confirmations, graduations, bridal showers and anniversaries. Owner Barry Lee, son of the original owner and business partner Howard Lee, started his career as a waiter and delivery boy and has run the restaurant since 2000. 3342 Jerusalem Ave., Wantagh, 516-221-0480, kwongmingofwantagh.com


Lindenhurst Diner

There aren’t many things Long Islanders love more than a good diner. And there aren’t many diners they love more than the Lindenhurst Diner. Fans rave about its scrumptious full vegan menu that knocks the socks off the local competition with cheesy apps and entrees. Classic diner fare such as pancakes and omelets also get christened with delicious twists and toppings. Perfectly fried starters, specialty burgers, and frothy shakes served in Mason jars all have regulars coming back with friends. The Lindenhurst Diner currently offers curbside, delivery, takeout, and carhop service. Those looking for a sit-down meal, however, will find properly distanced tables, shields, and hand sanitizer in sweet containers at every table. Outdoor seating is also available for diners who want to bask in the sun or avoid the indoors altogether. 195 E. Montauk Hwy., Lindenhurst, 631-991-8600, lindenhurstdiner.com


Athenian Greek Taverna

If you’re looking for a Greek meal cooked “Yiayia’s way,” (grandma’s way) — look no further than Athenian Greek Taverna. As one of Commack’s premier restaurants, Athenian is the place to find the most delectable traditional Greek fare, whether it’s for lunch, dinner or catering. Since Athenian’s opening, Greek-American brothers John and Chef Alex Homenides have offered guests a chance to taste time-tested family recipes, using fresh and authentic ingredients delivered daily. Their menu has a variety of options for you to pick and choose from, including sandwiches and gyros, a kebab corner for flame-roasted and skewered meats, a fillet bar stacked with fish options, and much more. They also have Yiayia’s classics, of course, with options like fresh eggplant dish and spanakopita (traditional Greek spinach pie). When you crave authentic Greek cuisine, go here! 2188 Jericho Tpke., Commack, 631-499-7660, atheniangreektaverna.com


Grandpa Tony’s

Any time spent at Grandpa Tony’s will evoke memories of your family dinners enjoyed without having to lift a finger. And you can dine upstairs for a fetching view of the Sound. There’s the easygoing friendliness of the waitstaff whose desire to make you feel at home lingers throughout the meal. The professional service paired with exceptional pizza and traditional food passed down from Italian immigrants to retain their Old-World flavor is such an enjoyable experience you will go back again. The restaurant is popular with the locals and many special occasions are celebrated here. It is known for generous portions of dishes prepared fresh and to perfection every time. You’ll have so much to choose from, including this popular choice: Chicken Panzanella, a dish of grilled or breaded chicken with arugula, chopped tomatoes, red onions, and mozzarella cubes served with roasted potatoes. 101 Althouse Ave., East Rockaway, 516-799-8669, grandpatonysli.com


Il Pozzo Wine Bar & Kitchen
This casual wine bar and kitchen is located just steps from the railroad in lovely Lynbrook Village. Stop in for a glass of homemade sangria or a classic wine to pair with American cuisine. The vibe is intimate and casual at this gem whose owner is attentive and makes sure his establishment is laid back and relaxing. Large windows allow you to watch passersby outside and you can share small bites bites or order a larger meal and share that too. The lounge has a cozy area with a couch and you can order from a sturdy menu that includes fried artichokes, three-cheese shells, prime New York strip steak, and lamb burgers, among other savory options. 46 Atlantic Ave., Lynbrook, 516-596-7870, ilpozzowinebar.com

To find all the other 2021 Bethpage Best of Long Island contest winners, visit bestoflongisland.com Nominate your favorite businesses and people in the 2022 Best of Long Island program through Aug. 31.

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