Long Island restaurant openings we’re looking forward to in 2022

Opening a restaurant on Long Island is a notoriously lengthy and unpredictable process — and it’s never been more challenging than during the last two years. And yet, neither supply-chain issues, constantly changing health advisories, a labor shortage nor a pandemic has slowed the march of new eateries. Here are some of the most exciting openings planned for the first quarter of 2022.

MB Ramen in Port Washington

Huntington’s MB Ramen was at the forefront of Long Island’s noodle boom when it opened in 2018. Four years later, owners Eric and Jason Machado are planning to open their second location in March, right across from the Port Washington LIRR station at 57 Main Street. According to Eric, the new shop will have the same capacity (about 15 seats) and the same menu (traditional and creative ramen plus adjacencies) as the original.

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Long Island restaurant openings we are looking forward to in 2022

Opening a restaurant on Long Island is a notoriously lengthy and unpredictable process — and it’s never been more challenging than during the last two years. And yet, neither supply-chain issues, constantly changing health advisories, a labor shortage nor a pandemic has slowed the march of new eateries. Here are some of the most exciting openings planned for the first quarter of 2022.

MB Ramen in Port Washington

Huntington’s MB Ramen was at the forefront of Long Island’s noodle boom when it opened in 2018. Four years later, owners Eric and Jason Machado are planning to open their second location in March, right across from the Port Washington LIRR station at 57 Main Street. According to Eric, the new shop will have the same capacity (about 15 seats) and the same menu (traditional and creative ramen plus adjacencies) as the original.

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KITTY MULLIGAN’S IRISH PUB

Bay Shore’s newest Irish pub opened its doors this March.

Stop in at Kitty Mulligan’s on Tuesdays for tacos with an Irish twist or on Fridays for happy hour, 3 p.m.-7 p.m., and live music. Enjoy pulled pork, barbecue chicken and baked beans on Western Wednesdays, and don’t forget ladies’ night on Thursdays. Ladies, start your weekend off with $8 martinis at the bar, available after 4 p.m.

Kitty Mulligan’s is open for dine-in and takeout, Monday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.

615 E. Main St., Bay Shore, 631-315-3571, kittymulligans.com 

NUVO KITCHEN

Celebratory promotions and holiday-themed menus have been consistent at Nuvo since its grand opening in East Meadow.

This upscale Caribbean eatery serves up-Island-inspired starters and entrees like rock shrimp roti ($14), jerk duck spring

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Neither has its restaurant community. Asia Mei, chef-owner of Moonshine 152 in South Boston, says she felt the climate grow more threatening last year around St. Patrick’s Day. “We were starting to get a lot of racist, threatening, xenophobic calls; [comments on] Facebook and community bulletin boards; things from strangers; things from people honestly you would have never thought would have said something like that. At the base of my heart, I know it’s fear and misunderstanding. I can take it because I’m tough, but at the same time, it doesn’t make it right,” she says. “It seems shocking that we aren’t more vigilant of how to empathize with each other, how to look out for each other.”

Mei is part of a long tradition of strong, successful Asian women chefs and restaurateurs in the Boston area, dating back at least as far as 1958, when Joyce Chen served Peking

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