3 new restaurants on Long Island


Travel back in time to the 90s and early 2000s at the brand new Nostalgia Bar. This funky spot kicked off its opening weekend on September 29 and the festivities run until October 2. Expect plenty of pop culture references to appear as you order; menu items are named after fan-favorite TV shows, movies, and music that millennials consider throwbacks to. For example, “Easy Bake Appetizers” include Tommy Fried Pickles ($8), Joe Pesce Fried Ravioli ($9), and Mr. Potato Head Tots ($7), and drink specials include Mambo No. 5 and the Blue Da Ba Di.

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

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

380 N. Wantagh Ave., Bethpage,


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

Customer favorites at Felice’s establishments around town include baked gnocchi formaggio e tartufo ($39), linguine ai frutte di mare ($28), and ricotta crostone ($16). Customers can substitute wheat-free or gluten-free pasta in any pasta dish. The restaurant sources 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 Boulevard, Roslyn,


This classic steak house restaurant opened its third Long Island location in August in Melville, adding to its locations in Garden City and Lake Grove. Ruth’s Chris Steak House is known for serving its sizzling steaks on plates at 500 degrees, providing patrons with both an appetizing meal and a one-of-a-kind dining experience. In addition to offering several cuts of steak, Ruth’s Chris offers seafood specialties, appetizers, side dishes, soups and salads on the menu.

The restaurant allows guests to dine in, order takeout via a delivery app, or host a private party in one of three private dining rooms at the Melville site. When you dine, don’t miss Sizzle, Swizzle, Swirl Happy Hour with appetizers from 4-6 p.m. Sunday through Friday.

881 Walt Whitman Road, Melville,

Richard Dement

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