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Black Friday Bites

By: Megan Robinson

Black Friday is a day filled with deals and discounts marking the start of the holiday shopping season. Some people go at midnight, while others go during the day to take advantage of the promotions. Regardless of what time you’re planning on shopping, you will need a pick me up after doing all of that running around. So, here are some delicious bites in Long Island malls to check out during your shopping trip.

Credit: Mito

Starting off at Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove, Mito is an Asian Fusion Sushi Lounge, that serves quality Japanese cuisine. Mito is authentic but not traditional, showcasing a variety of dishes from three kitchens, the main kitchen, the sushi bar and the hibachi grill. On Fridays the restaurant’s hours are 11:30am-11pm, so no matter what time you decide to take on the crowds, you’ll be able to get a bite to eat. According to Mito, modern Japanese cuisine is about innovation, referring to a new and imaginative approach to cooking and presentation of food. The restaurant serves beautifully plated dishes that are sure to give you a boost to continue shopping. This restaurant does not take reservations, so keep in mind that due to the volume of people you may have to wait. To learn more about the restaurant, visit: here.

Texas de Brazil
Texas de Brazil
Credit: Texas de Brazil

The next dining option located in Smith Haven Mall is Texas de Brazil. This restaurant is an authentic Brazilian-American Churrascaria Steakhouse that combines the cuisine of Southern Brazil with the generous spirit of Texas. In southern Brazil, local cowboys are called gauchos, and they prepare legendary feasts in a tradition known as Churrasco, slow-roasting meats over open flames of natural wood charcoal and presenting them with an impressive display of seasonal greens, vegetable dishes and regional delicacies. The tradition continues in the restaurant where meats are brought to the table and carved in a show of skill and festive offering. This meal is sure to get you fired up and ready to shop. Due to the amount of people that will be participating in Black Friday shopping, you may want to make a reservation which can be done here: here.

Olivos Mediterranean Café & Grill
Credit: Olivos Mediterranean Café & Grill

Up next is a restaurant in Roosevelt Field Mall for those in Nassau County. Olivos Mediterranean Café & Grill is the perfect oasis in the middle of the bustling mall. They are open from 10am-9:30pm, giving you an ample amount of time to stop in and get a bite to eat while shopping. The restaurant offers a wide variety of delicious options such as both hot and cold appetizers, wraps, salads, soups, paninis, main entrees, and pizza from their wood-burning oven. They have a dish that everyone in your party will enjoy to refuel and get back into the busyness of the holiday season. In addition to their main menu, they have an express menu, a happy hour menu, signature & Spanish menus, and a lunch box menu depending on the time of day you stop in. They do not take reservations, but they do take mobile orders. To learn more, visit their website: here.

True Food Kitchen
True Food Kitchen
Credit: True Food Kitchen

One last restaurant to highlight in Roosevelt Field Mall in Garden City is True Food Kitchen. This restaurant serves American cuisine that is fundamentally based on science to ensure all their craveable dishes and drinks work to increase the longevity of people and the planet. The restaurant believes in food that works for you, to nourish you as healthfully as possible without sacrificing flavor. Every ingredient on their menu is carefully selected and hand-crafted into signature dishes that make eating well effortless, energizing, and most importantly, full of flavor. That being said, this restaurant is a great option to get you through a long day of holiday shopping. The restaurant is open from 11am-10pm on Fridays. Since the day will be a little crazy, you may want to make a reservation, click the following link: here.

No matter where you end up getting a bite to eat on Black Friday, be safe and take advantage of those great deals!

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