3 New Restaurants on Long Island

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Felice’s baked gnocchi formaggio e tartufo
Courtesy Felice


Time travel to the ‘90s and early ‘00s at the brand-new Nostalgia Bar. This funky spot kicked off its grand opening weekend on Sept. 29, and the festivities run through Oct. 2. Expect lots of pop culture references to come up as you order; the menu items are named after fan-favorite television shows, films, and music that millennials consider throwbacks. For example, the “easy bake appetizers” include Tommy fried pickles ($8), Joe Pesce fried ravioli ($9), and Mr. Potato Head tots ($7), and drink specials include the Mambo No. 5 and Blue Da Ba Di. 

Nostalgia Bar has a “new wings on the block” menu with eight “flava flavs” to choose from, a “pizza planet” menu, a “burgerz” menu, “Ms. Frizzle’s favorites” lunch and dinner specials, and an uncrustables bar, where you can make your own uncrustable sandwich for $8. 

The bar and restaurant also offers retro games, themed brunches, and private parties. Safe to say there’s no better place for folks in their 20s and 30s to relive their childhoods.

380 N. Wantagh Ave., Bethpage, nostalgiali.com


For dining at its finest, Felice is the newest place to be. This New York City-based restaurant just opened its first Long Island location on Sept. 30. Inspired by the Tuscan countryside, the elegant ambiance will transport you to Italy – and so will the food. Executive Chef Niccolo Simone was born in Florence, Italy, studied at the prestigious Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts School, and will now bring his expertise in Italian cuisine to the Village of Roslyn.

Favorite dishes among clientele at Felice’s city locations include baked gnocchi formaggio e tartufo ($39), linguine ai frutte di mare ($28), and crostone ricotta ($16). Customers can substitute wheat- or gluten-free pastas in any pasta dish. The restaurant sources its ingredients from the northeastern United States, including locally from Rottkamp Brothers Farm in Old Brookville and other farms in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

1382 Old Northern Blvd., Roslyn, felicerestaurants.com/felice-roslyn


This classic steak house restaurant opened its third Long Island location in August in Melville, adding to its spots in Garden City and Lake Grove. Ruth’s Chris Steak House is known for serving its sizzling steaks on 500-degree plates, offering customers both a mouth-watering meal and one-of-a-kind dining experience. Aside from offering several cuts of steak, Ruth’s Chris has seafood specialties, appetizers, side dishes, soups, and salads on the menu.

The restaurant allows patrons to dine in, order takeout through a delivery app, or host a private party in one of the Melville location’s three private dining rooms. When dining in, don’t miss Sizzle, Swizzle, Swirl Happy Hour featuring full-size appetizers from 4 to 6 p.m. every Sunday through Friday.

881 Walt Whitman Rd., Melville, RuthsChris.com/restaurant-locations/melville