Out & About: Spend a Day in Stony Brook


On a rainy day, ET spent the day in Stony Brook Village to scope out the best indoor spots to enjoy before the harbor-side town defrosts for the summer. Here’s our guide to spending the day in Stony Brook!

Start the day at Crazy Beans!  A family-owned cafe with a retro aesthetic and an array of different breakfast and lunch options to choose from. Even better than the food is the coffee. Choose from one of more than 20 flavors, or create your own unique blend to customize your cup of joe.

Sweet Mama’s has a wholesome, country atmosphere with friendly staff and hearty food. We devoured the James Dean sandwich and South Beach omelette. For an afternoon or happy hour libation, sit at the bar in Grandpa’s Shed, attached to Sweet Mama’s restaurant.

Stony Brook Village has plenty of boutiques to stroll through. Visit Cottontails for the little ones in your life, or Madison’s Niche for chic clothes and classy home decor. D.K. Brothers is your one-stop-shop for men’s clothing, accessories for your pooch, and accents for your home bar.

Finish the day at Luca, a chic Italian spot with a luxe vibe. Don’t miss out on the Short Rib Agnolotti and the mouthwatering New York Strip – they’re absolute must-tries.

In between shopping and eating, squeeze in time for an activity or two. Visit the Long Island Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame’s Billy Joel exhibit, or the Reboli Center for Art and History. In the summer, rent a kayak or paddleboard and go for a ride through the harbor.