Ordering Out


By Mary Malloy


In these trying days of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) we are all a bit anxious, worried, and confused. But we’re also hungry and need nourishment!

As things can change from day to day, as of press time there are no confirmed cases of the virus spreading through food. Some restaurants have shut down temporarily, but for those who stayed open, and as per a New York State mandate, their dining rooms are closed until further notice. Many, however, are offering delivery programs and have instituted no touch/no interaction policies. Restaurants are adhering to their most stringent cleaning practices.

So, the next question is “What’s for dinner?”

Below is just a partial list of Nassau and Suffolk counties chain and local favorite restaurants that will deliver to your door or provide curbside pickup service. Of course, call ahead to find out their hours of delivery and operation, and give some extra time because of the influx of orders -- and make healthy choices! (But ordering that cheesecake can’t hurt.)

For those who use online services or phone apps, you can still order from a variety of restaurants through Uber Eats, Grubhub, DoorDash, and others. Please check delivery times and procedures with them.


Chain restaurants in Nassau and Suffolk counties

Olive Garden: Italian fare, open for ToGo (order online and pickup outside of Olive Garden from your car) and delivery. Call your local Olive Garden. In Nassau: Westbury Plaza, (516) 683-3377, and Valley Stream (516) 593-1580. In Suffolk: Centereach Mall (631) 585-4027, and Bay Shore (631) 665-5213. Or order online at www.olivegarden.com

Red Lobster: Seafood, other options. They are currently offering a limited To Go menu, and you may experience substitutions, such as Cornflake-Crusted Shrimp for Walt’s Favorite Shrimp. In Valley Stream, (516) 825-0277; Carle Place, (516) 248-7411; Hicksville, (516) 822-8393; Copiague (631) 842-3640; Deer Park, (631) 842-3640; Stony Brook (631) 689-9060, and Ronkonkoma (631) 580-2864. Visit www.redlobster.com.

P.F. Chang’s: Chinese food, open for takeout, curbside pickup, or delivery at their Huntington Station location, (631) 760-5200. Or visit www.Pfchangs.com.

Friendly’s Family Restaurant: Delivery and takeout, breakfast, lunch, dinner, full menu. Baldwin, (516) 546-2480; Mineola (516) 294-0393; East Meadow (516-794-3191) Syosset, (516) 921-0581; Massapequa Park (516-541-3757). Visit  www.friendlysrestaurants.com.

Applebee’s: There are more than a dozen of Applebee’s open for delivery throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties. Visit www.applebees.com for more information.


Favorite local restaurants

Nassau County

D’Cocco’s, Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria, 3573 Long Beach Road, Oceanside, (516) 766-3938. Delivery to Oceanside, Island Park, East Rockaway, Baldwin Harbor, and Central Long Beach. Visit www.dcoccos.com.

Greek Xpress, Main St., East Rockaway, open for delivery and pick up, 11 a.m. 8:30 p.m. Call (516) 593-4949 or visit www.greekxpress.com.

Brixx & Barley, 152 W Park Ave, Long Beach, Delivery, takeout, curbside pickup. Patrons can also order “Make your own Pizza” at home, which includes a ball of dough, pizza sauce, mozzarella, and a side of pepperoni. Call (516) 544-4511 or visit www.brixxandbarley.com.

Mac & Melts, Cheesy comfort food and more. 684 Stewart Ave., Garden City. Curbside pickup and delivery. Call (516) 246-9610, or visit www.macnmelts.com.

On Parade Diner: 7980 Jericho Tpke., Woodbury. Delivery, takeout, curbside pickup. Family-owned, diverse menu. Call (516) 364-1870.

Left Coast Kitchen & Cocktails: 1810 Merrick Rd., Merrick. Menu includes wings, sandwiches, entrees. Takeout and delivery most days. Call (516) 868-5338 or visit www.Lckny.com.


Suffolk County

On the Docks, 177 Meeting House Creek Rd., Aquebogue. Burgers, salads, tacos, seafood and more. Takeout from 4 to 8 p.m. every day (including alcoholic beverages from the bar). Call (631) 886-1160 or visit  their website, www.onthedocksgrill.com.

Michelangelo of Riverhead, Italian fare, 300 East Main St., Riverhead. Wed. through Sunday for delivery and takeout only. Call (631) 250-6145 or visit www.michelaneloriverhead.com for  hours.

Pulaski Street Grille, 424 Pulaski St., Riverhead. American grill, burgers, sandwiches, etc. Pickup from noon to 7 p.m. every day except Monday. Delivery available. Call (631) 722-4220 or visit www.pulaskistreetgrille.com

Cooperage Inn, 2218 Sound Ave., Calverton. New and traditional American comfort food. Carry out from 1 to 7 p.m. Call (631) 727-8994 or visit www.cooperageinn.com.

Gourmet Burger Bistro, 5 Mill Creek Rd., Port Jefferson, 631-403-4033; various hours for takeout; www.gourmetburgerbistro.com. For times see www.facebook.com/GourmetBurgerBistroPortJefferson.

Café Joelle, 25 Main St., Sayville, Curbside takeout and delivery, offering gift cards. Menu included appetizers, burgers, sandwiches, salads, pasta, seafood. Call 631-589-4600, visit www.cafejoelle.com.

Avinos Italian Table – Bellport

Open 2 – 8pm every day offering take- out and delivery service. In addition to regular menu items, they will be selling wine, beer and liquor to-go. All take- out and delivery are contact-less. Call 631-803-6416 to place order.

Porter’s On the Lane – Bellport

631-803-6067 Porter’s is open for take-out and delivery. Orders can be placed through doordash.com or Portersonthelane.com. Full menu and specials available.

Peter’s Luncheonette – Patchogue – 631-289-0287

Peter’s Kitchen – Ronkonkoma – 631-648-9080

Open for curbside pick-up and local delivery. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner

You can also contact your local supermarket to find out their current delivery policies. For example, Stop & Shop: No pick-up ordering, Peapod food delivery service (but because of demand, delivery times are limited, as is availability of some products. You can check off or approve that “substitutions are ok.” They will notify you before arrival, and ring bell and leave bags. For more info, call 1-800-5PEAPOD or visit www.peapod.com.

Bon Appetit, and stay healthy!

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