Bridgeworks chose its Long Island location in LB for a number of reasons—The beachy vibe, close-knit community, and proximity to NYC topping the list. But if there’s one thing Long Islanders love more than the beaches and bike-friendly streets, its food. We’ve compiled our community member insider’s guide to the best eats in the Long Beach neighborhood.
From quick (but not fastfood) takeout lunches to buzzing after-work happy hour hubs, or a classic New York bagel for breakfast, the Bridgeworks team has you covered.
Often referred to as the “little Italy of Long Beach,” Sorrento’s Italian Specialties offer an Italian market style venue with outdoor seating. Praised highly for the brick oven, hand-shaped pizza, authentic Italian dishes, and live music on weekends, it’s perfect for lunch with coworkers or fellow Bridgeworks members, lunch out with a prospective client, or a takeout for late nights in the office. It’s about a 15-minute walk from the Bridgeworks campus, so feel free to borrow a Bridgeworks bike!
For the lunch ‘break’ that’s hardly a break during the work day, you can walk down to Lido Kosher Deli, which offers a full selection of fresh deli meats and cuts. We love the roast beef, pastrami, and corned beef on a sandwich. They also make their own fresh rye bread! Really tight on time? Call ahead for pickup or order online to have them deliver straight to your desk at Bridgeworks.
Bridgeworks’ office space does offer unlimited coffee, but if you’re looking for a change and some interesting international blends, GentleBrew is right down the road and one of Bridgeworks’ favorite local coffee shops. It’s coffee sources range from Kenya to Colombia and Sumatra, and are powerful enough to keep you wired all day long.
Lost and Found
This tiny Long Beach hotspot puts a European twist on American cuisine, serving tapas style plates perfect for sharing with coworkers, and an impressive wine selection for a Friday night. The restaurant is small but rather popular, so be sure to make a reservation, or sit and the bar where you can watch the chefs in action.
Life’s a Bagel
It wouldn’t be a Long Island town without plentiful bagel shops! Life’s a Bagel is the Bridgeworks pick for breakfast – featuring an impressive toppings bar and delicious doughy fresh bagels.
Brixx & Barley
If local beer and cider is your idea of happy hour, check out Brixx & Barley in the center of town–offering a wide selection of local brew on tap. They also make their own in-house hard cider, which is one of our personal favorites. For happy hour eats, the kitchen offers a tasty Long Island spinoff of a Philly Cheesesteak sandwich, great burgers and more.
For a more scenic dining experience, Atlantica at the Allegria is located right on the water and offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner year round. With a loungy, upper-class (but not too swanky) vibe and mellow atmosphere, we recommend Atlantica for dinner after work with coworkers or friends to unwindnwhile enjoying a spectacular Atlantic sunset.