This week, we welcomed a new month and dealt with weather that seemed to change in the blink of an eye. Now, as we head into the weekend, we get to do a little celebrating in the form of Cinco de Mayo. While I’ve never been one for doing anything special on this day, my adventures to one of my favorite local restaurants last night got me thinking, and I decided to do a round-up of other places on Long Island that seem fitting to celebrate the occasion.
So, here, in no particular order, are some of my favorite Long Island establishments if you’re looking for something fun to do this Cinco de Mayo:
- The Farm Italy (Huntington): Listed first only because I was just there the other night (and ordered my beloved Negroni), The Farm Italy has a great drink menu and an aesthetically pleasing bar to sit and order from. Of course, there is plenty of indoor and outdoor seating, which makes this an ideal choice. However, reservations can be hard to come by, but don’t get discouraged. If you go on the earlier side, or if you’re willing to eat at the bar, you can still check this place out sans reservation. The Negroni is my go-to drink here, but the Blood Orange Margarita also seems to be a crowd-pleaser.
- Del Fuego (East Northport/Saint James/Patchogue/Babylon): Of course, no list for Cinco de Mayo would be complete without a Mexican restaurant, and Del Fuego has never disappointed. Aside from a lengthy menu (where I always order the lobster quesadilla), they are known for their drinks. My personal favorite is their sangria, which is loaded with tons of fresh fruit. If you’re going with a group, I’d suggest ordering the sangria pitcher to split with the table.
- Besito (Huntington/Roslyn/West Islip): Another great choice is Besito, which is well-known for its guacamole. I love their crispy fish tacos, that are not only delicious, but beautifully served, and I usually order their Besito Tequila Mojito.
- Bar Frites (Greenvale): This is one of my favorite Nassau County restaurants because they offer a little bit of everything. I’ve stopped in for lunch, dinner, and even Sunday brunch. My usual order is their fish and chips and a Gin and Tonic, but they have something for everyone on their menu, plus they have indoor and outdoor dining.
- Grasso’s (Cold Spring Harbor): And, last but not least, my pick for a good end-of-day bite to eat and an Aperol Spritz. This little place in the heart of town has outdoor dining on the patio while occasionally hosting live music indoors. If you’re looking for a good pasta dish, this is the place to go. But, seriously, order the Aperol Spritz. It won’t disappoint!
Have any other favorite places to add to this list? Let me know in the comments!