3 New Restaurants to Try on Long Island
BROOKLYN DUMPLING SHOP
Fast food dumplings have made their way to Long Island. Following the success of its Queens, Staten Island, and Hoboken, N.J. restaurants, Brooklyn Dumpling Shop opened a fourth franchise location in Garden City in April. The company, whose flagship store is in Manhattan, puts a unique twist on traditional dumplings and serves them using a contactless smartphone Automat ordering system.
Dumpling menu options include traditional options, such as chicken teriyaki, vegetable, or pork and cabbage potstickers ($6 each); specialty dumplings, including pepperoni pizza ($8), lamb gyro ($8.75), and bacon cheeseburger ($9.75); as well as dumplings in soup and combo meals. Plus, there are dessert dumplings to satisfy that sweet tooth: dark melted chocolate and apple cinnamon ($7 each).
684 Stewart Ave., Garden City, brooklyndumplingshop.com, 516-246-9667
Riko’s, a New England-based pizza chain, has opened its second New York location in Merrick (The other is in Levittown). The pizzeria is especially known for its crispy thin crust pizza and hot oil pizza. It also serves oven-baked wings, salads, salad pizzas, and desserts, as well as signature cocktails at its bar area with televisions.
Pizza lovers can either build their own pizza or choose one of Riko’s’ signature pizza pies, including the classic cheese ($9.99), clam ($16.75), meat lovers ($16.99), veggie ($15.99), margherita ($13.99), and more. Riko’s is famous for its hot oil pizza ($11), which is covered in a spicy housemade oil made with stinger peppers and cheese.
68 Merrick Ave., Merrick, rikospizza.com/merrick, 516-283-2328
In the spot on Montauk Highway in West Babylon that previously hosted Red Robin, a new restaurant called Wagyu Steakhouse has opened. The eatery is introducing the area to delicious Japanese Wagyu steak and also has a variety of other savory dishes on the menu. There is also a brunch menu, which is available from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., a sushi bar, and a raw bar.
Wagyu Steakhouse has several different cuts of steak to choose from and even 30-day dry-aged steak options available. Appetizers include lobster wonton ($14), ho pang steam buns ($12), sea scallop ($14), and wagyu sliders ($16). Entrees include the tonkatsu ramen ($23), grilled jumbo shrimp ($28), and wagyu burger ($18).
1035 W. Montauk Hwy., West Babylon, wagyusteakhouseli.com, 631-482-1606
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