Never Be Bored This Summer on Long Island


Lobster rolls, outdoor bars and strolls through history. Now that the chill is in our rear view mirrors and warmer days are straight ahead, it’s prime time to enjoy the food, drink and scenery we lust after when a Pulse article pops up on Facebook. Consider this guide, which is based on page views, the ultimate and objective itinerary for the best Long Island summer.


Toast to Outdoor Bars


Summertime and the choice to sip and sit outside is easy. The island’s beauty serves as a toast-worthy backdrop for the happiest of hours.

Have Bottomless Brunch

Lobster Benedict

Nothing gets an Islander out of bed on a lazy Sunday quite like brunch—and when it’s bottomless, we tell the snooze button to take a nap. Raise a mimosa glass or three to the most wonderful time of the year. Bonus: Do so outside using our recently-published guide to outdoor breakfast.

Grab a Bagel

Healthy Organic Whole Grain Bagel

Sometimes, a sit-down morning meal isn’t in the cards, especially on beach days when the early bird gets the prime real estate on the sand. Enter Long Island’s most coveted delicacy: The bagel. A few notes to tourists: To leave the island without having at least one bagel is heresy. Also, prepare to never be able to walk into your go-to local breakfast shop again.

Go for a Walk 

Fire Island

Fire Island

Complaining about traffic on Long Island is as time-honored of a tradition as eating a bagel or signing your kid up for lacrosse lessons. Leave the w(h)ine on the Forks and go for a walk instead. From the beach to the Pine Barrens, Long Island offers plenty of places to explore by foot.

Eat a Lobster Roll

image: claudios

image: claudios

We’ve heard legends about Maine’s lobster rolls, but we’re pretty proud of ours on Long Island. From Claudio’s in Greenport to Port Washington’s Butler’s Flat Clam Shack, local chefs know how to get that meat-to-mayo-to-veggie ratio just right. Check back to Wednesday, June 21 for an updated installment based on Pulse readers’ votes.

Hear it for the Girls

start your own business

“My greatest joy is finding the perfect anniversary, birthday or surprise gift for a client to give to their special person,” said Esther Fortunoff of Fortunoff Fine Jewelry

Women took Washington by storm at the Women’s March in January, but they’ve been taking Long Island by storm for years. These local women are making and selling the food and statement pieces worth hoarding.

Park It 

image: anthony g via yelp

image: anthony g via yelp

Long Island parks offer an escape from fake news, a place to picnic and a rare opportunity to stop and smell the roses (perhaps in front of the pond at sunset).

Let Yourself Eat Steak


Summer typically calls for lighter fare, but on Long Island we like to think steak is seasonless. Five steakhouses are a cut above the rest.

Enlighten All the Senses

Grey Horse Tavern


Our region is home to talented chefs and musicians. At these restaurants known for great live music, the two groups live in perfect harmony.

Discover Gorgeous Gems

Sands Point Preserve

From Theodore Roosevelt’s former summer White House to homes that exude Gatsby vibes, Long Island is steeped in history made for exploring.