The Long Island MacArthur airport is praised for being a nice and less busy alternative to its sister airports, JFK and LaGuardia. But let’s be honest: no airport, no matter how pleasant and peaceful it is, can offer a dining experience that rivals that of an independent restaurant. So to make the most of your time dining out, try one of these great restaurants during your trip to or from the Long Island airport.


Soft warm lighting bathes the walls at this restaurant, which prides itself on giving its customers a great experience and great food at affordable prices. The food it offers ranges from fish to meat to pasta. Besides the dinner menu, Mamma Mia’s Ristorante also has a separate menu for pasta night, with choices ranging from bow tie with fresh salmon to fettuccine alfredo. The restaurant also offers gluten-free and whole-wheat penne, so those with dietary restrictions can find something, too. The atmosphere, while nothing fancy, invites diners to relax and talk among themselves.


This restaurant’s menu blends the five main flavors of Thai cuisine: salty, sweet, sour, bitter, and hot. Diners eat against a backdrop of red and white walls, enjoying choices such as green curry, pad thai, and pad se-eaw. This place is a local favorite due to the delicious and authentic food. Wait times can run a little long, so be sure to eat here when you’re not in a hurry. Bring an eReader or tablet to pass the time while the kitchen cooks up a delicious entrée for you to enjoy.


If you’d like a finer atmosphere for your meal, Saviano’s has a slightly more upscale décor than Mamma Mia’s, and its menu contains more than 25 types of pasta dishes. The business has been family-run for more than two decades, and the service is warm and welcoming. The pizzas to choose from include the chicken parmigiana, the Neopolitan, and the Sicilian, but there are also simpler items for diners who don’t want anything fancy. So, whether you want to visit for a business lunch or just a casual dinner, this place is a great choice.


This sushi restaurant was hailed by a New York Times food critic as “the best Japanese restaurant I’ve ever visited.” The website guesses that people who didn’t like sushi before might just change their minds once they try Onsen’s fare; but there are plenty of choices for diners who want something different. The menu offers seafood-based salads, bento boxes with teriyaki dishes, fried rice, and tempura entrées. If you have a craving for Japanese, stop here and see if you agree with the rave reviews from Zagat and


Part restaurant, part music venue, Grey Horse Tavern offers foods made from the garden of chef Meredith Machemer. The menu is unique and offers items such as a Tuscan kale and Swiss chard salad and whole grain pita sandwiches, as well as regular pub fare including burgers and fish and chips. But considering the fresh and local approach taken by its chef, it’s probably safe to bet that these aren’t your usual burgers or fish and chips. See for yourself during lunch, dinner, or Sunday brunch, and enjoy some live rock music if you’re there during the evening.

If you find yourself getting hungry during your Long Island airport limo service, ask your Chauffeur to make a detour at one of these great restaurants. Any one of them would be a great way to start or end your trip to Long Island.

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