Two Long Island Restaurants Make OpenTable’s 2023 Top 100 Restaurants in the US

The diners have spoken and two Long Island restaurants have made it into the list of top 100 restaurants in the United States! So says OpenTable, the online restaurant-reservation service.

In its annual review OpenTable culls over 12 million verified diner reviews and dining metrics including diner ratings, percentage of reservations made in advance, and five-star reviews, to determine who makes the cut. The list highlights some of the top spots favored by diners this year.

The list includes The Farm Italy Restaurant + Bar in Huntington and Del Vino Vineyards in Northport.

Other New York State restaurants include:

  • Bad Roman – New York, NY
  • Lucia’s on the Lake – Hamburg, NY
  • River Cafe – Brooklyn, NY
  • Sushi on Me – Jackson Heights, NY

OpenTable insights from January 1 to September 30, compared to the previous year, reveal notable shifts in diner behaviors and preferences.

Steady Dining with a Focus on Special Occasions:

  • Overall dining remained consistent year-over-year (YoY), showing a 1% decrease.
  • However, there was increased interest in dining on special occasions, with Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day experiencing 9% and 6% YoY growth, respectively.
  • Diner spending for these holidays increased by 15% compared to non-holidays, signaling positive expectations for the upcoming holiday season.

Rise in Solo Dining:

  • Solo dining increased by 4% YoY, marking the largest increase in party size.
  • Thursday and Friday were the most popular days for solo dining.

Trending Cuisines:

  • West African, African, and Lebanese cuisines saw significant YoY increases, with growth percentages of 72%, 23%, and 18%, respectively.
  • Increased Interest in East Asian-Inspired Menu Items:
  • Diner reviews mentioned a growing interest in menu items with East Asian ties, including crispy rice (27%), omakase (17%), yuzu (17%), lychee (9%), miso (4%), ramen (4%), and kimchi (2%).

Cocktail Trends:

  • Both alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails gained popularity, with mentions of mocktails increasing by 48% and non-alcoholic options by 8%.
  • Speakeasies saw a 25% gain, and cocktails popularized on social media, such as the espresso martini (39%), Aperol spritz (27%), and negroni (4%), were also on the rise.

📷 The Farm Italy Facebook page.

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