The newly-renovated Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum is officially open! Before people go to their seats, they can stop by one of several stands offering delicious eats from local restaurants across Long Island. Whether people want pizza, tacos or a gyro, there is something for everyone’s appetite. By John Friia
Cabo, A Taste of Mexico
Focusing on local and fresh ingredients, Cabo’s seasonal menu at the Coliseum features tacos and quesadillas. One dish that is a favorite among concert-goers is the Pollo Al Pastor Tacos, filled with marinated chicken, avocado, and salsa verde. Their taco bowl is an option for vegetarian fans, which consists of salad with corn, salsa, beans and guacamole in a tortilla bowl.
Smokin Al’s BBQ
Long Islanders can get classic barbecue bites on the Main Concourse at Smokin Al’s BBQ. The Massapequa Park eatery’s outpost serves their slow-cooked pork and brisket seasoned with their signature spices and sauce. All the meat is smoked at the restaurant and assembled to order.
Craving Greek cuisine? Then head to Greekrave Express. This outpost of the Deer Park restaurant serves up their “Krave” burger, Greek nachos with pita chips and their signature lamb and beef gyros filled with lettuce, tomato and tzatziki sauce on pita bread.
A traditional food of concerts and sporting events finds its way back to the Coliseum. Nathan’s Famous, a staple on the Coney Island boardwalk, is the official hot dog and French fries of the venue.
Umberto’s of New Hyde Park
Umberto’s is the only food option that has table seating and an outdoor beer garden, which serves a selection of locally-brewed beers.
Grilled by PFD
People craving a burger can stop by the takeout window of Grilled by PFD on the Main Concourse. The family-owned Port Washington butcher crafted their Signature Coliseum Burger, which is pays homage to a traditional New York burger. This delicious dish is topped with lettuce, tomato, cheddar cheese and their “24” sauce, which is named after the Hempstead Turnpike.
John Friia is a freelance journalist and native New Yorker writing about food, drinks and lifestyle. You can follow his adventures on Instagram.