Al Fresco Dining


Summer is officially upon us, and it’s time to enjoy your next meal outside. Whether it’s drinks and apps, or a sit-down dinner, Long Island offers an assortment of al fresco dining options.


When I’m choosing an outdoor spot for my next meal, it’s important to me that quality remains at the top of mind – while also incorporating a killer view and remaining comfortable for my meal. As a Northport Village resident, there are plenty of local places to keep me satisfied such as: Tim’s Shipwreck Diner, The Purple Elephant, Robke’s Country Inn, Skipper’s Pub (newly renovated), Salted on the Harbor,  Rockin’ Fish, Nina’s Pizzeria and  Copenhagen Bakery. If I’m feeling like a short drive, I opt for: Mill Pond House (a short drive to Centerport), The Whales Tale, and  Vauxhall (a short drive to Huntington).

My local Northport spots are conveniently located, offer comfy outdoor seating, and an assortment of dining options depending on what I’m craving. Tim’s Shipwreck Diner has the best breakfast burrito around, and I also love their coffee! The Purple Elephant is a great local, cozy haven for a healthier bite – yummy vegetarian options and a great Kombucha selection. Robke’s Country Inn is a short walk from our house, and I’m addicted to their old school Italian offerings – think steaks, seafood, pasta and fish. Skipper’s Pub has a new chic vibe, and updated menu, but still the best staff in town – a great spot to meet friends after work or on a weekend. Rockin’ Fish is my go-to for a cold beer and oysters, plus I can bring my dog. Salted on the Harbor is a weekly ritual with spritzes, the best wings around, and tons of seasonal specials. Nina’s Pizzeria is a neighborhood ‘sleeper’ – meaning I wouldn’t expect such high-quality entrees from a pizzeria. Their pizza is amazing, but make sure to also try their appetizers and entrees – unexpectedly authentic and reasonably priced. Copenhagen Bakery is close to my heart – the yummiest breakfast  omelets and pastries in Northport, and my #1 pick for local breads and cookies. (Seriously, order everything.)

Mill Pond House is a dreamy date night spot. My fiancé and I enjoyed our first date there (so, perhaps I’m a tad biased), but I love the combination of diversified menus, incredible  waterside view and plush ambiance. I typically order sushi here, and wildly enjoy the artisanal cheese board and in-house chopped salad. Looking for something more casual? The Whales Tale (and neighboring Harbor Head Brewery) are solid options to enjoy an afterwork sunset and order some apps & drinks. I enjoy the beachy atmosphere and the fact that I can keep it casual with sandals. If you’re around Huntington Village: Vauxhall  is the spot to go! Probably the most near-and-dear restaurant in Long Island for me, (bold statement, I know), I am never underwhelmed by their perfectly crafted cocktails or burgers. (Especially if PJ is bartending!) When the weather is nice, opt to sit outside and enjoy the picnic tables and people watching. You can’t go wrong here: this place is old faithful.

Summer is here. Enjoy your next drink and/or meal… al fresco!

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Joanna Adduci
Joanna Adduci is a Kings Park resident, currently working as a writer. She has a B.S. in Journalism from St. John's University and is active within her community working as a blogger and piano teacher. She enjoys cooking, traveling and performing with her dad in their LI-based cover band, Next Generation. Joanna can be reached by email at or you can visit her personal blog