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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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Poolside Picks

Dive into your summer reading list

(Family Features) Laying out on the beach and floating in the pool are true hallmarks of summer. A good book, however, can elevate these relaxing experiences to a new level.

Whether you find yourself looking for a beach read, a book for the pool or something to help you escape while lounging on the couch with the windows open, these sizzling summer reads offer something for nearly every type of reader. From suspense to romance and adventure, you don’t want to miss these books this summer.

Some Secrets Aren’t Meant to Be Shared

From author Meg Mitchell Moore comes a warm, witty and suspenseful novel filled with small-town secrets, summer romance, big time lies and spiked seltzer. In “Two Truths and A Lie” the leader of an idyllic beach town “mom squad” has made surprising effort to include a new resident and her daughter in typically closed-group activities, though they’re not the only ones she’s been spending more time with. A blend of propulsive thriller and gorgeous summer read, Moore’s latest novel is a reminder that happiness isn’t always a day at the beach, some secrets aren’t meant to be shared and the most precious things are loved ones.

Romantic Adventure Proves Anything Can Happen

No. 1 “New York Times” bestseller Susan Elizabeth Phillips returns to her Chicago Stars series with a romance between a quarterback and one of the world’s greatest opera singers – and a major diva – in “When Stars Collide.” It’s Mozart meets Monday night football as the temperamental soprano and stubborn jock embark on a nationwide tour promoting a luxury watch brand, they engage in soul-searching, trash talk and backstage drama. Threatening letters, haunting photographs and a series of dangerous encounters also complicate their lives and make them wonder if it’s the work of an overzealous fan or something more sinister.

Transatlantic Love Story Raises the Royal Stakes

“New York Times” and “USA Today” bestselling author Alyssa Cole’s second Runaway Royals novel, “How to Find a Princess,” is an Anastasia-inspired romance featuring a long-lost princess who finds love with the female investigator tasked with tracking her down. When a threat to her grandmother’s livelihood pushes the princess to return to Ibarania, the investigator takes her on a transatlantic adventure. When they finally make it, they realize there’s more at stake than just cash and crown, and the princess must learn what it means to fight for what she desires rather than what she feels bound to by duty.

Find more titles to add to your summer reading list at Facebook.com/WilliamMorrowBooks .


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