The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene
LI restaurants with warming comfort foods
On days like this one, when it’s all you can do to stop your teeth from chattering, there’s culinary relief at three Long Island eateries — each a specialist in a single kind of comfort food.
In Mineola, you’ll find Mama Soup, situated in the ground floor of an office building. Here, a soup bar features 28 varieties, which can be eaten on premises or packed to go. Highly recommended: the beef goulash, as well as the chicken potpie soup, which is topped with a biscuit after it’s ladled into a carton.
Patchogue has That Meetball Place, a gastropub devoted to the lush comfort of meatballs, from the classic beef-veal-pork variety to a spiced Moroccan lamb ball to a vegetable risotto ball. Have yours in a bowl with sauce, atop pasta or tucked into a slider roll. You'll also find several inventive meatball sandwiches.
In Garden City, Mac & Melts is all about the gooey goodness of macaroni and cheese and melted-cheese sandwiches. Brighten your day and soothe your spirits with the creamy, bubbly crunchy-topped Southwestern mac and cheese. A simple grilled cheese sandwich, made with American and Cheddar, works wonders, too.
Mama Soup is at 170 Old Country Rd., Mineola, 516-746-7687, mama-soup.com
That Meetball Place is at 54 W. Main St., Patchogue, 631-569-5888, thatmeetballplaceli.com
Mac & Melts is at 684 Stewart Ave., Garden City, 855-622-6358, macnmelts.com