When it comes to Long Island’s storied food scene, Nassau County’s Rockville Centre is one of the most essential towns that comes to mind. In addition to first class restaurants, there’s also a bustling concentration of bars and several rich cultural centers. Rockville Centre restaurants range in value, but each one is just as tasty as the next.
Rockville Centre Restaurants for your Next Night Out
If you’re looking for the quintessential Long Island seafood joint, then Bigelow’s is right up your alley. Back in 1939, Russ Bigelow used everything he learned in the coastal kitchens of New England and opened a quaint little seafood shack on the south shore of Long Island.
Since then, this Zagat-rated, Rockville Centre institution has been serving up some of the area’s best Ipswich clams. Stop by anytime, take a seat at the wraparound counter and expect to be surrounded by an old-school ambiance. Make sure you try some of their most popular dishes like:
- New England Clam Chowder
- Deep Sea Scallops
- Famous Ipswich Clam Sandwich
- Swordfish Steak Platter
- Soft Shell Crab
Tip: Bigelow’s is also cash-only, so make sure you come prepared.
Head to downtown Rockville Centre and experience some old-fashioned Southern Italian and Neapolitan cuisine with a twist. For more than 60 years, Blue Moon has been the go-to spot for anyone looking for a delicious meal.
They’re famous for their coal oven pizza, like the Blue Moon Special Pizza topped with peppers, onions, sausage and mushrooms, but you should also try their:
- Chicken Scarpariello
- Fettuccini Alfredo
- Tortellini Bolognese
- Vitello Parmigiana Panini
Blue Moon has an expansive wine and beer selection. It’s also the perfect place for date night. Just make sure you call ahead!
Tum Thai Cuisine
Ornately decorated and expertly designed, Tum Thai Cuisine brings the tastes and feels of authentic Thai fare to the heart of Long Island. Tum Thai works well for both lunch and dinner, with savory dishes like:
- Hot Sweet Basil Duck
- Crispy Pork Belly Prig Khing
- Crab Meat Fried Rice
- Kao Soi (Noodle Curry)
- Sautéed Hot Sweet Basil
For the sweet side of Thai cuisine, order their tasty desserts like Thai pumpkin custard and fried bananas with honey.
George Martin Burger Bar
It isn’t unique to Rockville Centre, but George Martin Burger Bar is still one of the coolest, most delicious eateries around. The décor is rustic and contemporary, but the burgers are juicy and mouthwatering. Of course they have other dishes, but some of their best burgers include:
- Bacon ‘N Eggs
- Dixie Smokehouse
- Santa Fe Chicken Burger
- Spa Veggie Quinoa Burger
- The Jive Turkey
They have a full bar, plenty of TV’s to watch the game and a kitchen open late-night to satisfy any appetite.
What are some of your favorite Rockville Centre restaurants?