For four decades, Benkert’s Classic Delicatessen has been loading patrons with ample portions from a menu of breakfast eats, salads, sandwiches, and hot-lunch dishes. Customers can jump start their day with two eggs any style ($2.50) while gulping complimentary coffee, tea, or hot chocolate and surfing the free WiFi on a free wireless surfboard. For midday breaks, specialty salad sandwiches cover beds of bread in quilts of egg ($4.25) and shrimp ($6.25) salad. Gourmet wraps and sandwiches ($6.95) include the Fat Tony, packed with six cold cuts, mozzarella, peppers, greens, and vinaigrette, and protected by a hero bun toasted for its noble deeds. Hot sandwiches such as the barbecue chicken ($5.75) are hearty enough to scare away the most intimidating hunger hauntings. Accessorize entrees with sides of mac 'n' cheese ($4.99/lb.) or mozzarella sticks ($3.99), and cross the finish line with a sweet slice of pound cake ($1.95).
Though Bud's Ale House lives up to its name—its locations boast up to 80 beer taps, more than 16 bottled varieties, and up to 60 televisions—this versatile eatery has something for everyone. As tasty brews pour from taps, including a daily special of $2 Bud and Bud Light drafts, bartenders deftly mix up top-shelf margaritas, colorful martinis, and classic cocktails. These adult libations wash down a hearty menu that spans the entire spectrum of American cuisine: habanero barbecue wings, steamed local clams, and meaty burgers are served up daily alongside gooey quesadillas and German-style bratwurst. Bud's desserts threaten to steal the spotlight, capping feasts with deep-fried Oreos and tangy key lime pie.
For 25 years, Long Island's crew has made bagels using an old-fashioned water-kettle approach, purveying the doughy treats well beyond their breakfast boundaries. A menu of breakfast edibles urges early eaters to slather an assortment of hand-rolled, freshly baked bagels ($0.90)—in varieties including poppy, onion, cinnamon raisin, and oat bran—with their choice of up to 17 creamy toppers ($1.75+) including vegetable, chocolate chip, and roasted garlic and herb. Coffee ($1.45+/12 oz.) gives nerves the jolt that early-morning fire breathing fails to provide, and french toast lightens spirits when drizzled in streams of liquefied giggles ($5.50). Lunch options allow midday munchers to fill their food processors with dishes including the Bubbalicious ($6.79)—made with fried chicken cutlets, melted mozzarella, bacon, and spicy barbecue sauce, all piled on top of a bagel—or the more heart-heartening bagel-embedded tuna fresco salad ($6.49).
There are bars where you go to get a quiet drink and there are bars where you go to socialize. Kelli’s Grill & Wing House definitely falls into the latter category, with Kelli and her staff opening up doors for UFC fights, Major League Baseball games, and NFL matchups. Guests watch the sporting events on any of the 25 high-definition TVs that adorn the walls or on the TVs inside the restaurant’s booths.
As the games play out, patrons gulp pints of beer and devour the house’s signature wings doused in many sauces. They can also opt for one of the hearty steaks carved at Kelli’s father’s butcher shop. The doors stay open until 1 a.m., giving clients time to properly celebrate a win or decide whose turn it is to prank call the referee.
Though every swirl of frozen yogurt at Wild Berry Yogurt Cafe is an indulgence, it doesn't have to be a diet-breaking one. The shop carries decadent flavors, such as chocolate caramel turtle and peanut butter cookie, as well as lighter options such as the watermelon sorbet and fresh fruit toppings. Wild Berry Yogurt Cafe further helps guests make decisions by posting a Weight Watchers points chart next to the dispensers, contrasting, say, the average Italian restaurant—which does not post such information by its lasagna dispensers. The yogurt isn't just in frozen form, however. Staff also use yogurt to make creamy cakes, pies, and cupcakes that pair well with the houses's gourmet coffee and tea.
Live music and a duo of fireplaces create a cozy ambience inside Restaurant Five Five 2, an eatery named for its address on North Country Road in St. James. While diners sip wine in the flickering warmth, chef Adam Pitré expertly mans the kitchen. He prepares tapas such as the PEI mussels steamed in lobster broth, and also more substantial offerings such as flat-iron steaks or bucatini with local shellfish. Don't miss out on desserts such as the crème brûlée, which a New York Times food writer called "perfect: thick, cold and satiny." Five Five 2 was also voted one of the best restaurants of 2013 by Newsday.