Central Islip Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Central Islip

April 14, 2018 Augustus Redeker

Central Islip is a hamlet and census-designated place (CDP) within the Town of Islip in Suffolk County, New York, United States. The population was 34,450 at the 2010 census.
Things to do in Central Islip

1. Branchinelli's

555 Route 111, Ste 2, Hauppauge, NY 11788-4359 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Italian, Pizza Lunch, Dinner +1 631-724-6663
Excellent
61%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 206 reviews

Branchinelli's

Reviewed By LongIslandGiirl - Deer Park, New York

I come here for a slice or two consistently. The Sicilian pizza is fantastic. The regular is good too, but I’m partial to Sicilian. Always fresh because they sell a lot of it. You can sit at a table or booth and eat, sometimes a welcome break in the day
Their dinner food is also tasty, however I have only had dinner there once, so I can’t really comment

2. Alpine Pastry Shop

59 Route 111, Smithtown, NY 11787-3712 Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible +1 631-265-5610
Excellent
78%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 108 reviews

Alpine Pastry Shop

Reviewed By tweedybird26 - Floral Park, New York

There is something for everyone with sizes from tiny tastes to enormous. We enjoyed a Pecan Coffee Cake and a Chocolate Log. Both were excellent and very fresh. Note that they are open late even on Sunday which can allow you to pick up an evening treat.

3. Tango Argentinian Steakhouse

99 W Suffolk Ave, Central Islip, NY 11722-2143 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Delivery, Wheelchair Accessible Steakhouse, Argentinean, South American Dinner, Lunch, Late Night +1 631-234-6623
Excellent
70%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 89 reviews

Tango Argentinian Steakhouse

Reviewed By deperu4 - New York

Pleasant surprise to find this great Argentinian parrilla restaurants, meat is tender and delicious, 5 star customer service.
We ordered the Mix Parrillada for 2, plenty of everything, I would say you easily fee 3 adults....I specially like the "Asado de tira" (short ribs) and the molleja (sweetbread), and you can't be the price.
Overall great restaurant and counting the days to go back

4. Maureen's Kitchen

108 Terry Rd, Smithtown, NY 11787-3834 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch SGD 13 +1 631-360-9227
Excellent
67%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 451 reviews

Maureen's Kitchen

Reviewed By Cynthia I - mt laurel, United States

Every time I go here they have interesting specials so I try to find something different to try each time. The quality of the food is consistently good. Long wait on weekends but worth the wait.

5. Tony's Pizza and Restaurant

161 Clarke St, Brentwood, NY 11717-2043 Wheelchair Accessible Italian, Pizza Lunch, Dinner +1 631-435-9247
Excellent
85%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 13 reviews

Reviewed By Valerie L - Long Island, New York

Tony's is rated as best pizza place by the locals. They have so many specialty pies to choose from. You Have got to try the Taco Pizza!! Other pizzerias charge a lot more for slices like this

6. Carrabba's Italian Grill

20 N Research Pl, Central Islip, NY 11722-4457 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Television Italian Dinner, Lunch +1 631-232-1070
Excellent
49%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 66 reviews

Carrabba's Italian Grill

Reviewed By luvnym - Central Islip, New York

We love going to Carrabba's Italian Grill. They have a great selection of food & beverages. The prices are reasonable and the food is so good. The managers are always around checking to see if everything is okay, the staff is knowledgeable and friendly.

7. Chop Shop

47 E Main St, Smithtown, NY 11787-2801 Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations American, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 631-360-3383
Excellent
53%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
5%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 131 reviews

Chop Shop

Reviewed By marie s - Huntington, New York

We went here for restaurant week, 28.95 three course dinners, and ended up ordering the Cheeseburgers when we saw them being served. Boy are we glad we did. They were the best burgers we have had in years. Served with curley fries, slaw and a pickle at 14.95 it was a bargain. This burger was a 10 ounce beauty cooked perfectly. We started with a cucumber martini, which I loved, and ended our meal with a promise to come back soon. Pretty place, great service and really good food....what good be better?

8. Ciro's

470 Wheeler Rd, also known as Rt. 111, Hauppauge, NY 11788-4343 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 39 - SGD 39 +1 631-761-6378
Excellent
55%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 104 reviews

Ciro's

Reviewed By joe6343 - Saint James, New York

Good business dinner with a large group. Enjoyed the Calamari, Rice balls, and Tossed salad prior to a pasta in meat sauce that was delicious. Next I enjoyed an excellent entree of Grilled Salmon with mixed vegetables. Desert followed with coffee and Tiramisu. Very good service overall, nice atmosphere and fresh well-prepared Italian food.

9. Kotobuki Japanese Restaurant

377 Smithtown Byp, Hauppauge, NY 11788-2516 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Japanese, Sushi, Asian Dinner, Lunch +1 631-360-3969
Excellent
73%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 116 reviews

Kotobuki Japanese Restaurant

Reviewed By Fappug55

On multiple occasions I've either been given the wrong carryout order or items were missing. The servers act as if you're doing them a favor coming to their establishment. The sushi is good, but not worth the attitude you get. My advice, go to Aji.

10. Love Sushi

26 N Research Pl, Central Islip, NY 11722-4457 Sushi, Japanese Lunch, Dinner +1 631-234-5858
Excellent
40%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
10%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 10 reviews

Reviewed By KarumbaSantaFe - Santa Fe

I was staying at the Residence Inn nearby and the staff mentioned there was a sushi place close. The other restaurants in the same location were all chains so I opted for this. Love Sushi is newly opened and has take out as well as sit down. I was greeted promptly and seated at the sushi bar. Waitress quickly brought hot tea and discreetly waited nearby for my order. The sushi chefs listened intently. I started with the edamame which was served hot and nicely salted. Beans were fresh and crisp. I tried one of the specials called the A-Ok which was a bit unusual. It was fried oyster & cucumber with spicy king crab avocado on top drizzed with eel & Mango sauce. It was served on a beautiful platter with thinly sliced cucumbers and a flower on top of wasabi. There was also a candle made from thin daikon with an electric light that was decorated. Gorgeous presentation but more important it tasted great. Fish was fresh, rice chewy but not too much rice. 8 pieces that were a manageable size. I also had the Dancing Eel which was shrimp tempura with avocado, eel and eel sauce. Again, it was a lovely presentation on a large clear glass plant with thinly sliced cucumber and a cucumber tree. There was also a electric candle with a large ice flower. 8 pieces drizzled with eel sauce. Staff were very attentive with the sushi chef very happy that I liked the special. There is no liquor license yet but it is coming. Tables and booths available and well lit for single diners that want to read. There was a very extensive menu with sushi, bento and numerous other standards. Ample parking in the shopping area. Definitely worth a visit. I would have given it an excellent except the hot tea was very bland.

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