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15 Long Island Restaurants You Can Boat To

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Courtesy SALT on the Water

BEACON
8 West Water St., Sag Harbor
New American with Mediterranean and Asian fare
Beacon has been pairing New American favorites and tasty libations with stunning views of the Sag Harbor Bay for more than 20 years.

THE BUOY BAR
72 Bayside Dr., Point Lookout
American, seafood
The Buoy Bar, located on Reynold’s Channel overlooking Jones inlet, provides customers with an enjoyable waterfront dining experience on its outdoor deck seven days a week. Free boat docking is available every day until 6 p.m.

COVE
74 Shore Rd., Glen Cove
New American, seafood This upscale waterside restaurant next to Brewer’s Marina
offers an extensive weekend brunch menu, starting at noon.

Courtesy The Buoy Bar

DURYEA’S MONTAUK
65 Tuthill Rd., Montauk
Local seafood Located on the South Fork, this walk-in-only restaurant, which
has its own farmer’s market, is open five days a week.

HARBOR CRAB CO.
116 Division St., Patchogue
Seafood
With 80 feet of broadside dockage and a zero docking fee, Harbor Crab Co. has made docking and dining for boaters a stress-free experience.

INLET SEAFOOD
541 East Lake Dr., Montauk
American, seafood and sushi
Owned by six commercial fishermen from Montauk, Inlet has earned its place on top seafood restaurant lists.

JT’S ON THE BAY
1 Curtis Rd., Blue Point
Local seafood
This popular waterfront spot with its own farmhouse and cafe just reopened for the 2021 season.

LOMBARDI’S ON THE BAY
600 S. Ocean Ave., Patchogue
Italian, seafood
Located on Great South Bay, Lombardi’s family friendly atmosphere and quality dishes are perfect for any special occasion.

MAGUIRE’S BAYFRONT RESTAURANT
1 Bungalow Walk, Ocean Beach
American, seafood, bar & grille
This bayfront restaurant can only be accessed by boat or ferry. Reservations are required for parties of more than six people.

MILL POND HOUSE
437 E. Main St., Centerport
American, seafood
Outdoor seating is first come, first served at Mill Pond’s historic, colonial eatery, open seven days a week for lunch and dinner.

OAKLAND’S RESTAURANT & MARINA
373 Dune Rd., Hampton Bays
American, seafood
The family owned and operated Oakland›s restaurant and marina is officially open for its 30th season; open for dining Friday through Sunday, beginning at noon.

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Courtesy Duryea’s Lobster Deck in Montauk

SALT ON THE WATER
3100 Whaleneck Dr., Merrick
New American
Patrons can come by car or boat to Salt, located in the heart of Nassau County, for lunch, dinner or Sunday brunch. Reservations are recommended.

VIEW LOBSTER SHACK
3 Consuelo Pl., Oakdale
American, seafood
The seasonal lobster shack at Oakdale’s View specializes in both land and sea fare. Dock slips and tables are first come, first served.

VILLA D’AQUA
2565 Bellmore Ave., Bellmore
Italian, European, seafood
In 2009, restaurateur and owner Tom Ulaj established Villa D’Aqua, the only waterfront in Bellmore at the time, and now it has become a local favorite.

WHALERS
124 Maple Ave., Bay Shore
New American with Asian and Latin fusion, seafood
Cocktails, live music, delicious food, and waterfront views are available all year round at Whalers, open Wednesday through Sunday. Reservations are not required for docking or dining.

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3 New Restaurants to Try on Long Island

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Rum-glazed sugar cane beef at Nuvo Kitchen.

KITTY MULLIGAN’S IRISH PUB

Bay Shore’s newest Irish pub opened its doors this March.

Stop in at Kitty Mulligan’s on Tuesdays for tacos with an Irish twist or on Fridays for happy hour, 3 p.m.-7 p.m., and live music. Enjoy pulled pork, barbecue chicken and baked beans on Western Wednesdays, and don’t forget ladies’ night on Thursdays. Ladies, start your weekend off with $8 martinis at the bar, available after 4 p.m.

Kitty Mulligan’s is open for dine-in and takeout, Monday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.

615 E. Main St., Bay Shore, 631-315-3571, kittymulligans.com 

NUVO KITCHEN

Celebratory promotions and holiday-themed menus have been consistent at Nuvo since its grand opening in East Meadow.

This upscale Caribbean eatery serves up-Island-inspired starters and entrees like rock shrimp roti ($14), jerk duck spring rolls ($14), rum-glazed sugarcane beef ($14), coconut curry goat ($24) and surf & turf braised oxtail ($34). For dessert, end your meal with coconut flan with candied starfruit or rum-soaked molasses cake with grilled pineapple and caramel sauce ($12).

Nuvo is open for dine-in and curbside pickup, Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., and beginning at 11 a.m. on the weekends.

2367 Hempstead Tpke., East Meadow, 516-493-4717, nkrestaurant.com 

SZECHUAN ATTRACTION

Although it has only been in business for a few months, Szechuan Attraction has been rated by customers as the best Chinese food and authentic Szechuan in the North Bellmore area.

Chefs at this takeout and delivery only establishment serve up popular Szechuan dishes like kung pao chicken ($13), spicy fried beef ($17), cumin spicy lamb ($17) and stir fried baby bok choy ($11) as well as American-Chinese food favorites like sesame chicken, beef and broccoli and sweet and sour chicken ($13-15). Seafood dry pot—crawfish, jumbo shrimp, lobster, and jumbo mussels— is also available ($16-$60+).

Szechuan Attraction is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Friday through Saturday from 12 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and on Sundays, 12 p.m.-9 p.m.

2464 Jerusalem Ave., North Bellmore, 516-804-5047, szechuanattraction.com

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Tipsy Scoop Brings Booze-Infused Ice Cream to Long Beach

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Courtesy Tipsy Scoop

Long Beach’s latest ice cream parlor, Tipsy Scoop — taking a twist on boozy desserts — debuted its newest location on Friday.

After entrepreneur and CEO Melissa Tavss founded the liquor-infused ice cream brand in 2013, she opened the first storefront in Kips Bay. The company has since then expanded to Brooklyn and various vendors in Melville and Atlantic Beach. Tipsy Scoop’s Instagram-worthy cocktails, boozy ice cream sandwiches, and nationwide shipments have gained widespread attention in the last few years, with many of the brand’s videos going viral on social media.

“Following in the ice cream tradition, I began to experiment with putting a modern boozy twist on ice cream. I wanted to combine the best of both worlds and infuse traditional ice cream flavors with different liquors,” said Tavss, whose family’s rich history in the creamery business dates back five generations.

Courtesy Tipsy Scoop

On the Long Beach shop’s opening day, the first 50 people in line received $1 boozy scoops. Customers over the age of 21 can choose from flavors with or without alcohol like Vanilla Bean Bourbon and Cake Batter Vodka Martini or take their ice cream cocktails to go.

Tavss applied for an off-street variance to open Tipsy Scoop in the City of Long Beach, and some council members were concerned with the easy access of alcoholic products for minors.

This issue of underage drinking was also addressed by city council members at a hearing earlier this month.

“We have an above-average contingent of underage drinking, which is a problem and it’s something we’re trying to address,” said Long Beach City Council candidate Roy Lester in an interview with news12.

Courtesy Tipsy Scoop

The ice cream shop owner has assured, however, that only customers with valid IDs will be allowed to purchase liquor products, all employees are of age, and that all products — containing up to 5 percent alcohol — include warning labels.

“I’m in the flagship [Manhattan] store all the time so I’ve actually had some customers who recognize me,” said General Manager of Tipsy Scoop, Jessica Eve, at the Long Beach debut. “It’s really awesome to have such a great experience with the customers and even have an opportunity to be opening in Long Beach because it’s such a great community.”

The brand is looking to host more pop-ups in Manhattan, Boston, and the Bahamas this year.

Courtesy Tipsy Scoop

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New Restaurants on Long Island Include The Ainsworth in Rockville Centre, Roots in Huntington, Ben’s Crab in Massapequa

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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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Former Long Island Congressman Lester Wolff Dies at Age 102

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) (R) congratulates Lester Wolff, a WWII Civil Air Patrol veteran, at a ceremony that awarded Congressional Gold Medals to members of the Civil Air Patrol for their valor and dedication during World War II at the U.S. Capitol in Washington December 10, 2014. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

Lester Wolff, the influential retired eight-term Democratic congressman who authored the Taiwan Relations Act while representing the North Shore from 1965 through 1981, died Wednesday at Syosset Hospital. He was 102.

The Muttontown resident was the oldest living former member of Congress at the time of his passing. His most notable local accomplishment was having the federal government declare part of Oyster Bay a national wildlife refuge, effectively killing a controversial plan to build an 8.5-mile-long bridge across the Long Island Sound from Bayville to Westchester. The refuge was renamed in his honor last year.

“I’ve changed careers so many times, and the reason and need to be active and keep your mind going in those things is certainly helpful,” said Wolff in an interview with the host of NSTV’S Epic Stories, Elizabeth Johnson, last year.

Wolff, who described himself as a proud, native New Yorker, was born in Harlem to Samuel and Hannah Bartman Wolff. Prior to his congressional career, the former politician served as major, public relations officer, and squadron commander in the Civil Air Patrol. In the ’60s, he also produced and moderated the public affairs television series, “Between the Lines,” in which he interviewed prominent figures like President John F. Kennedy.

Shortly after entering the House, Wolff cosponsored the Medicare bill which provided health insurance coverage to people ages 65 and older, at a time where many seniors did not have medical insurance. A decade after Medicare was first signed into law, Wolff and the late Sen. Ted Kennedy wrote the Taiwan Relations Act, allowing for the continuation of commercial, cultural, and other relations between the U.S. and Taiwan.

“Lester Wolff was the first congressman I worked to help elect, before I could vote, in 1964. I was so happy and proud when he won,” said composer and Valley stream resident, Leonard Lehrman in a statement.

Following his work in Congress, the statesman became chairman of the Pacific Community Institute for sustainable Pacific development. He has won several awards and accolades for his lifetime achievements, including the World Peace Prize Top Honor in 2010 and the highest civilian award in the U.S., the Congressional Gold Medal, in 2014.

Wolff is survived by his daughter, Diane, and son, Bruce. His funeral service will be held on May 16 at 11:30 a.m. at Temple Emanuel of Great Neck.

-With Tim Bolger

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Port Jefferson Chef Learns From a Pro on Food Network’s Chef Boot Camp

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Chef Cliff Crooks is on a mission to help struggling chefs from restaurants across the country prove that they deserve to keep running their kitchens. (Courtesy Food Network)

In the series premiere of Food Network’s Chef Boot Camp, Port Jefferson’s own Chef Andrew Seeley from Tara Inn showcased his culinary skills in efforts to grow the restaurant’s business.

On Chef Boot Camp, host and Executive Chef Cliff Crooks puts three underperforming chefs in need of professional assistance to the test with culinary challenges to prove they are fit to run their kitchens. Over the span of three days, chefs learn about cooking fundamentals, creativity, confidence, and the importance of timing. After judging their performance, Crooks then decides if the contestants will remain head chefs of their establishments.

“It’s a lot of pressure on me because I care about the restaurant and I care about the owners as well,” Seeley said.

Featured in the premiere episode dubbed “Have a Little Faith,” Tara Inn has been a local favorite in the Port Jefferson community for more than 40 years. Kate and Tara Higgins, whose father opened the Irish pub in 1977, are the current owners.

“We grew up there. It’s not a job, it’s part of who we are,” said Kate and Tara Higgins.

The Higgins sisters wish to improve the quality and presentation of the food at the restaurant as well as to rebrand it from being known as a dive bar.

For Chef Seeley’s first challenge, he prepared a Tara Inn signature dish, filet mignon with risotto and risotto stuffed shrimp. Next came a test for the fundamentals: making crepes with strawberry sauce and whipped cream. The chefs also got the opportunity to cook for a live dinner party at Crooks’ restaurant, Casa Nonna in Manhattan, where Seeley proved his ability to work well under pressure.

On the last day of challenges, Seeley put a creative spin on Tara Inn’s menu with a pineapple-soy glazed pork loin and Asian-inspired noodles, a homage to the owner’s noodle recipe. Chef Crooks and the Higgins sisters complimented both the dish’s flavor and presentation. The restaurateurs expressed their confidence in Seeley after deciding to keep him as a chef.

“Andrew has the knowledge and ability to do it,” said Crooks, near the end of the episode. “I’ve got a lot of faith in him.”

According to Food Network, Chef Seeley’s own confidence has grown since his return from bootcamp which shows in his food.

“Going through the bootcamp has really inspired me to be the best chef that I can be for myself and for the Tara Inn,” Seeley said.

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3 Recent Restaurant Openings on Long Island

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Off the Book serves up Italian American dishes. (Photo by Daniela Cuba)

THE GRUB SHOP

Get ready to grub at this new Huntington-based sandwich shop, looking to soon expand to Westbury and Rockville Centre.

This shop’s specialties are cheesy heroes. Full heroes include the ribeye or chicken cheesesteak, ribeye chopped cheese, the buff, the ninja, and the cowboy, made with chopped ribeye, grub cheese sauce, barbecue sauce, fried onions, peppers, lettuce, tomato, and cowboy sauce ($11.99-$13.99). In the mood for something lighter? There are half hero combos for each choice ($10.99-$12.99). Pair your hero with regular ($3.99) or loaded grub fries ($9-$15) –veggie, steak, chicken, or impossible meat–or even build your own.

The Grub Shop is open for dine-in, takeout, and delivery on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.

376 New York Ave., Huntington, 631-546-1445, eatgrubshop.com

OFF THE BROOK

This family-owned bistro celebrated its grand opening in January. 

Chefs at Off the Brook serve up delicious Italian American dishes six days a week. Start off with apps like gouda mac and cheese ($14), zucchini chips ($13), clams casino ($14) or charcuterie boards for the table ($8 ea.). All charcuterie boards are served with lemon zested apples, fig jam, olives and artisanal crackers, and a choice of assorted cheeses, and aged meats. Cocktails like white cosmos and peanut butter delights ($14) are all the rave at this establishment where there is also a lengthy wine list.

Off the Brook is open for dine-in, curbside pickup, and delivery on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Sundays from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

1810 Merrick Rd., Merrick, 516-608-6543, offthebrook.com

THE METROPOLITAN

The Metropolitan Caterers have served the Glen Cove community for over two decades but recently launched a brick-and-mortar restaurant.

Executive Chef Anthony Falco showcases contemporary American, European, and Latin meals like brined pork chops with chorizo mashed potatoes ($26), citrus-marinated chicken ($23), and fra diavolo pizza with a cauliflower crust ($12). Specialty tacos, spicy Korean pork, Americano, veggie, and Baja shrimp, all come with shredded lettuce, crispy onions, cilantro, and lime ($12-$14). Save room for post-dinner delicacies like Tupelo s’mores tart ($9) and Italian cheesecake with mixed berries ($9).

The Metropolitan is open for dine-in, delivery, and takeout, Wednesdays through Sundays from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

3 Pratt Blvd., Glen Cove, 516-671-4444, metropolitandining.com

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Adventureland Prepares For Outdoor Reopening on April 10

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Adventureland in Farmingdale is Long Island’s longest-running amusement park.

After closing its rides in March 2020, Adventureland amusement park in Farmingdale plans to entertain family and friends once again for its 59th season. 

Although the park is slated to open to the public on April 10, season pass holders can enjoy the rides a day earlier, from 3 to 9 p.m. Adventureland will be open weekends and holidays throughout the spring and daily in the summer, and admission must be purchased in advance through their website

“WE ARE BACK and we are SO excited to see everyone again this season!!! Opening day cannot come soon enough,” the Adventureland team shared in a Facebook post earlier this month.

All admission prices include unlimited use of the rides. General admission is $39.99 and $24.99 for adults ages 25 and up. Admission is free for children one and under.

With more than 30 rides and attractions, Adventureland has revealed some new ones just in time for the season, including the 60-foot Sports Tower. New arcade games like Pearl Fishery and Connect Four Basketball test players’ skills to win big points. Midway game, Alfie’s Glo-Up, is also making its debut. In addition to rides, park-goers can have their pictures taken with a special superhero and his two royal friends on reopening day.

Co-owner and managing partner of Adventureland, Steve Gentile stated back in November that the company had to pivot and adjust to many changes caused by the coronavirus. Recently, Gentile reaffirmed that he is prepared to implement these changes and restrictions starting this year. 

In accordance with New York State guidelines, the park has put measures in places to ensure the safety of all park-goers. The outdoor venue will operate at 33 percent capacity with 50 sanitizing stations located throughout the park. Social distancing will be required on lines, as well rides, and face masks are mandatory for all guests ages two and older.

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Long Island Native Donates Wheel of Fortune Winnings to Charity

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Scott Kolbrenner, left, is a Hewlett native. He competed on Thursday's episode of Wheel of Fortune. (Courtesy © 2021 Quadra Productions, Inc., photographer Carol Kaelson. All rights reserved.)

A Hewlett native who won the $100,000 grand prize Thursday on Wheel of Fortune has pledged to donate the winnings to a pair of charities in California, where he now lives.

Scott Kolbrenner was awarded $145,000, his total winnings after cash and prizes, and decided that the prize money will be divided evenly between both charities, with Uplift Family Services at Hollygrove and the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank each receiving $72,500.

“While I hoped I would do okay on the show, I never thought that anything like this could happen,” Kolbrenner said after his win. “I got lucky that day and knew right away that I wanted to share my good fortune.”

Kolbrenner has been an avid watcher of the long-running gameshow and was selected as a contestant after submitting a video application and completing a virtual audition.

The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank collects and distributes food to local communities to combat food insecurity. The food bank also educates children, adults, and seniors on nutritional health. Their vision? No one goes hungry in Los Angeles County.

“The LA Regional Food Bank is successful thanks to generous supporters like Scott Kolbrenner,” the nonprofit tweeted on Thursday, urging people to tune into the show and show support.

Uplift Family Services, where Kolbrenner has been a long-time board member, is one of the largest behavioral health treatment providers in California. The company, serving more than 35,000 children and families a year, offers a wide range of services from educational support to developmental disability programs. In addition to serving on the board, the grand prize winner has been volunteering his time at Uplift Family Services for more than 20 years.

“The fun and memories from the day will stay with me forever, but the urgent need in our community cannot wait,” Kolbrenner said.

Related Story: Hewlett Native Competes on Wheel of Fortune Episode Airing Thursday

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Try Out These 3 New Restaurants on Long Island

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O.G. Ramen.

Ramen and wings and beef, oh my! Check out these three new restaurants on Long Island serving up different types of cuisine.

O.G. RAMEN 

Ramen for everyone. That’s the motto for Babylon’s newest ramen spot, O.G. Ramen.

Try the classic, the original, the salad, the pescatarian, or the vegan ramen bowl, made with yuzu vegetable broth, kale noodles, chickpea tofu, sweet bell pepper, mushroom, carrots, baby corn, fried garlic, and scallions ($12-$18). This establishment also offers rice bowls with a choice of beef ($15), chicken teriyaki ($14), tofu ($14) or shrimp teriyaki ($16) as well as child-friendly portions for “little g’s” ($10).

O.G. Ramen is open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. for dine-in, takeout, and delivery through Seamless, DoorDash, and Grubhub.

14 Railroad Ave., Babylon, 631-620-3680, ogramen.com

WINGS OVER VALLEY STREAM

Wings Over brings barbecue to you! While this wing shop just opened this February, it is already making a name for itself with its extensive sauce list.

Chow down on the specialty wings and chicken tenders, with up to three flavor choices. Besides wings, you can also choose between their classic chicken, chicken bacon ranch, and buffalo chicken sandwiches or wraps ($7.99-$10.99). All menu items are made available for takeout and delivery through UberEats, Grubhub, DoorDash, and its website.

Wings Over in Valley Stream is open Monday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

52 Sunrise Hwy., Valley Stream, 516-407-3022, wingsover.com

MOM’S KITCHEN KOREAN FOOD 

Located inside an international food market, Mom’s Kitchen sells authentic Korean cuisine.

This semi-hidden restaurant has a diverse selection of rice dishes on the menu, including rice served with spicy pork, chicken, beef kimchi, and beef hotpot bibimbap ($11-$12). The seaweed rice rolls, (spicy) tuna ($6.50-$7), beef ($7.25), avocado ($6.75), eel ($8.25), spam ($6.25) and sausage kimbap ($5.75), are customer favorites. Jjigae, Korean stew, is another popular menu item. Kimchi stew, soft tofu stew, army stew, and yukgaejang, spicy beef soup can be found there ($11-$12).

Mom’s Kitchen Korean Food is open for dine-in and takeout every day from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

52 Jericho Tpke., Mineola, 516-699-2285, momskitchenkoreanfood.com

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