The first Sunday in February means two things: delicious munchies and hours spent watching the game on the big screen.
With limited in-person attendance at the Feb. 7 game and social gatherings still discouraged at the New York State and county-wide levels, Super Bowl LV will be different this year. But that doesn’t mean one of the best parts of Super Bowl Sunday – the food – needs to flop.
Whether you order food to-go or prefer to dine-in at a safe distance, these hotspots in western Islip Town will offer options for every eater this Sunday.
501 Main Street, Islip
The classic Islip eatery is offering an exclusive Super Bowl “To-Go Party Kit” this year. The $55 package comes with two dozen jumbo wings, one dozen Bavarian pretzel sticks with cheese dip, and one half-tray of nachos rancheros made with chicken or chili. The kit feeds a family of four.
Staff recommendations: General manager Ashley Khan said the restaurant is focusing on marketing the to-go party kit this year due to the pandemic. “People can call right away and tell us when they plan to pick it up that day, they can pay in advance,” she said. She encourages eaters that are age 21 and older to grab a to-go cocktail or growler with their order.
148 Carleton Avenue, East Islip
The cozy East Islip pub is serving up various munch- ies for the Super Bowl this year. The catering menu offers half and full-tray specials, ranging from traditional wings to alternative Buffalo risotto bites. Super Bowl catering orders must be in by Feb. 5 at noon.
Staff recommendations: Co-owner Mike Lyden said one of his favorite appetizers at the pub are the egg rolls, which are made with different ingredients each week. During the Super Bowl, chefs will be preparing sausage-and-pepper egg rolls, which are also available to order.
Irish Coffee Pub
131 Carleton Avenue, East Islip
The continental and Irish restaurant is offering a seasonal twist on its traditional catering menu. Diners can select any two half-trays of dinner options for $159 as part of the “Big Game Package.” If appetizers are preferred, Irish classics – banger rolls, corned beef spring rolls, Irish potato skins and many more – can be ordered by the dozen for $28.
Staff recommendations: Catering staffer Megan recommended the Swedish or Italian meatballs, and the new chicken wings as a go-to with the combo package. And adults: don’t forget your premade Irish coffee – $10 each.
Harp & Hound
528 Main Street, Islip
The newer Irish pub is also offering a Super Bowl Pack- age for just $100. Football viewers can order three half- trays of wings, with a choice of macaroni and cheese or penne alla vodka, and buffalo chicken dip or artichoke dip to munch on during the game.
Staff recommendations: Harp & Hound co-owner Matt Venturini said that since the game often runs past the New York State 10 p.m. curfew mandate, the owners were focused on making the perfect to-go menu this year.
Local Burger Co.
62 E. Main Street, Bay Shore
If football fans are looking for an alternative to the traditional chicken wing, Local Burger takes the cake: the eatery is offering burger and chicken sandwich 10-packs as well as the traditional four burgers for $25 special at the restaurant.
Staff recommendations: Owner Mike McElwee says Local Burger is the go-to for those who are opting for something other than wings this year. With funky food options like the PB&B burger (cheddar cheese, bacon, peanut butter), the Bleu Ribbon burger (bleu cheese, bacon, sauteed onions) and more, it’s no wonder they have three locations across southern Long Island.