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Super romantic Long Island restaurants for your next big date night

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If you’re searching for special deals, you’ve found the wrong list. This is for date night on Long Island, prime time, nights to get gussied up, to wine and dine.

We’re talking white tablecloths, olive oil, oysters, water views, quaint villages, downtowns and extensive wine lists. Scroll down to start planning.


PrimI Italian Steakhouse

WEST ISLIP

Primi Italian Steakhouse was already one of Long Island’s most romantic restaurants, ever since it opened back in 2016.

Then in 2023, ownership shut the place down for an entire summer for extensive renovations, with absolutely jaw-dropping results. We’ll let the above photos speak for themselves.

Primi’s menu is diverse, offering everything from gnocci with vodka sauce or bolognese cavatelli, to beef Wellington or a 28-day, dry-aged porterhouse steak for two. We’d start light, with the tuna crudo or clams oreganata, because t’s going to be a long and cozy night — capped off with some crisp crème brûlée.

Mix in a little brandy with that jazz trio that performs every evening and you might never leave.

Plans are also in motion to renovate the outside patio for al fresco dining by candlelight.


Chops Steakhouse

PATCHOGUE VILLAGE

Chops is a luxe, dimly lit downtown steakhouse with a Prohibition-era feel, all designed to keep the wine and cocktails flowing as the night gets better and better.

It’s an intimate space that was built for romance and awash in red — from the linen, to the seating, to the velvet drapes and wallpaper, highlighted with rustic wood and exposed brick.

And the food! 

We would first go surf-and-turf off the appetizer menu by ordering either the Beef Carpaccio and Oysters Rockefeller or Steak Tartare and Lump Crab Cakes. Either way your endorphins will be flowing at this point, especially after that first smoked Old Fashioned arrives to the table.

Dinner options are plentiful, with traditional steakhouse selections as small an 8-ounce Petit Filet and as large as a 40-ounce, dry-aged Tomahawk Ribeye.

Then there’s the array of sides like you’d find at any NYC steakhouse, such as creamed spinach, along ones unique to Chops, such as the Hot Honey and Bacon Brussels Sprouts, along with a menu of sauces to choose from — though we always opt for the Creamy Horseradish. There’s there’s the chicken, fish and pork options, and a complete raw bar.

On the service end, Chops is all about experience, with a front-of-the-house team that treats everyone like a celebrity. This is where you go to make some great memories on Main Street.


Sandbar

COLD SPRING HARBOR

Right in the middle of one of the prettiest little Main Streets on Long Island, is Sandbar.

Once inside, you’ll be immediately immersed in a coastal casual ambiance — providing the sleekest of backdrops for an elaborate American dining experience from both land and sea. Also a great setting for a very memorable date night with your person.

The menu was created by none other than six-time James Beard semifinalist Guy Reuge, who combines local fare, tavern favorites and seafood specialties into everyday elegance. Your camera will indeed eat first, as the kids say. This means the dish presentations are an absolute art form, so you’ll want to snap some photos to show off this special night to friends and followers.

If you really want to show off, spring for the Seafood Tower, followed by the Duck Two Ways and the Scottish Salmon. We would finish the night with creme brûlée, the mixed berries, sorbet and an after dinner drink, maybe a Coquito or Brandy Alexander, as the cocktails at Sandbar are consistently, perfectly executed.

Lessing’s, the ownership group, describes Sandbar as a spot where “modern opulence collides with classic comfort foods.” The handhelds and more casual options — such as the Sandbar Cheeseburger or Cajun Chicken Sandwich — are as tasty as the entrées. But this is date night, after all; let’s stick to the forks and knives.


The Farm Italy

HUNTINGTON

The Farm Italy Restaurant & Bar, which opened to immediate fanfare in February of 2023, brings the simplicity, artistry and seasonal freshness of local Italian dining to the heart of downtown Huntington.

Here, delicious food is served alongside a collection of alluring cocktails in a transportive yet welcoming space with impressive art lining the walls. It’s elegant yet comfortable, romantic yet welcoming, bright yet perfectly lit in the evenings.

This is truly a space for every occasion.

Stunningly sophisticated in its simplicity — and known for using only the freshest ingredients — The Farm Italy creates dishes that ignite the palate, warm the heart and create moments you and your special someone will both taste and see.

The idea is simple in its execution: offer food you want to eat every day with simplicity and freshness, bold flavors and a warm and spirited ambiance. It’s not about not being fussy; it’s about being where you want to be and eating food you want to eat.

Here’s a pro tip: Make reservations now, as this spot is in very high demand.


People’s Pub

BAYPORT

Don’t let the name fool you; this is no street corner pub. 

First, it’s a house restaurant. And we love house restaurants. But if you comb through the building’s history, you’ll find it has always operated as a bar, restaurant or inn. (Never an actual home.)

And the place is steeped in history.

So if you go, you’ll be drinking and dining along the likes of the Vanderbilts and Roosevelts, as this was among the families’ favorite “East End” spots around the turn of the century.

All that centuries-old charm provides for the most perfect backdrop for one romantic throwback of a night out, with that wallpaper, polished wood and brass finishings.

And though the place has been beautifully restored, snooty, People’s Pub is not.

Hence that name.

For those not looking to start with caviar and foie gras, the menu is quite approachable. You could wrap up this dimly lit dinner with an order of donuts and ice cream, as we would. Either way, wash it down with a root beer float.

And ask for two straws for just the cutest Instagram photo shot by one of their friendly servers.

In summer, head straight for the Pub Garden and dine under the stars and string lights, weather permitting. But inside is truly as charming as it gets on the Island. You’ll feel like you’re in a selfie studio.

Note: People’s Pub also attracts some of the biggest names in music on Long Island, so if you were looking to go dancing on this particular night, you’ll only have to move to the barroom.


Avino’s Italian Table

BELLPORT VILLAGE

In the heart of this historic seaside village you’ll find Avino’s Italian Table, which has taken up residence in an 1856 farmhouse worthy of a Currier and Ives painting. Our favorite time to visit is the fall and winter, when the Avino family keeps three fireplaces burning through dinner service.

And we all know there’s nothing like that fiery reflection in a wine glass to get date night started.

Within their southern Italian menu you’ll find an array of antipasti options, salads, and pasta, fish and chicken dishes. But we say it’s a special night, so go for the Filetto, grass-fed angus tenderloin with mushroom reduction, whipped potato, vegetable and crispy onions, and add the gorgonzola crust.

We also suggest starting with Salumi e Formaggi, the chef’s selection of artisan cheeses and Italian cured meats, olives, mushrooms, artichokes and roasted red peppers. Pair all that with a half-dozen refreshing Long Island oysters. Now you’re really having fun by the fire.


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