Spend the day in charming Oyster Bay on the north shore of Long Island.
Here are some of the local attractions:
Spend the day in charming Oyster Bay on the north shore of Long Island.
Here are some of the local attractions:
The ancestral home and summer White House residence for Teddy Roosevelt, our 26th and most dynamic President. The 23-room Shingle-style Queen Anne Victorian was built in the early 1880’s by young Roosevelt who lived there from 1885 until his death in 1919. It’s filled with artifacts, trophies, gifts from foreign dignitaries and the tours are fascinating. Sagamore Hill is located about 4 miles east of the actual hamlet of Oyster Bay.
NOTE: Visiting the grounds is free but there is admission charged for house tours and these quickly SELL OUT. Don’t be disappointed and reserve ahead. Learn more here.
Billy Joel's 20th Century Cycles
Located right next door to the Bahr Gallery, 20th Century Cycles is the culmination of Billy Joel's love of motorcycles and his passion for motorcycle design. Since, in his opinion, he believes that vintage motorcycles look better and, since he also is aware that modern motorcycles tend to work better, all of the bikes in the collection have been transformed in one way or another into rideable, practical machines with a nod toward the past.
The shop, as it stands today, was born out of necessity: the need for space. As the collection grew it became apparent that in order to properly build, store and service the 75+ bikes in the collection a larger, more accommodating facility was needed. The perfect shop was found where we could do all of the things mentioned plus share the collection with the public.
20th Century Cycles does not sell or maintain bikes outside of the collection. Nor do we sell parts or accessories. We are here to simply maintain and augment the collection and share it with the motorcycling community. Check it out here.
Planting Fields and Coe Hall
To quote from the Planting Fields website, “Planting Fields, the former estate of insurance magnate William Robertson Coe and Standard Oil heiress Mai Rogers Coe and is one of the few remaining Gold Coast estates on Long Island’s North Shore that retains its original 409 acres as well as its historic buildings and landscape. Rolling lawns, formal gardens, hiking trails and specimen plantings, as well as the Camellia Greenhouse and the Main Greenhouse, with its unique seasonal displays, are a treat for visitors year round.
Coe Hall contains many original pieces and furnishings once belonging to the Coe family, including the restored Louis XVI Reception Room. The mostly Elizabethan style interior of the Tudor Revival mansion is a showcase of artistry and craftsmanship in its wood and stone carvings, ironwork, 13th – 19th century stained glass windows and original commissioned murals by American artists Robert H. Chanler and Everett Shinn.” Learn more here.
The Raynham Hall Museum
Home of George Washington’s intelligence operative, Robert Townsend, Raynham Hall is a time capsule of Long Island life in the 18th and 19th centuries. Purchased by Robert’s father Samuel around 1740 and expanded from a two-over-two farmhouse into a four-over-four town house whose land extended down to the bay and for acres all around, the Townsend family homestead was named Raynham Hall by Samuel’s grandson, Solomon, when he renovated it according to the Victorian taste of his own time, in the mid-19th century. Having shed most of its surrounding property around the turn of the twentieth century, the house’s final transformation came in the 1940s with the removal of the Victorian elements from the front part of the house, which was then restored back to its original Colonial appearance, but retaining the Victorian rear addition.
The mission of Raynham Hall Museum is to enable visitors to the nearly 300-year-old Townsend family home in Oyster Bay to experience what it meant to be prominent merchants and heroic patriots, and to become engaged in the worlds of espionage, domestic life and the decorative arts. Learn more here.
Long Island Picture Frame & Gallery
The Bahr Gallery isn't the only Gallery in town - check out Long Island Picture Frame, featuring a variety of works from original Beatles animation cels and custom pained guitars, to sports memorobilia, to works by local historical artist Mort Kunstler! Plus, they offer many other services (besides custom framing): Photo Restoration and Enlargements, Silent Auctions, Corporate Art Programs, In Home or Office Consultations, Custom Mirrors, Pick-up and Delivery Service, and Professional Hanging Services. Stop by and check out what owner Jim Perna has coming next! Learn more here.
4 Audrey Ave, Oyster Bay . (516) 558-7511
The Teaching Studio of Art and Gallery
The Teaching Studio of Art is an art school located just down the street from the Bahr Gallery and the Studio is opening an art gallery across the street from us in June 2018.
The school is devoted to teaching traditional techniques to artists of all ages and skill levels. Our faculty are trained professionals who have achieved a level of excellence in their own practice that qualifies them to teach others.
At the Teaching Studios, all of our classes follow a unified artistic philosophy: Keep things simple. Learn the basics first, then add layers of additional complexity. There are different emphasis in each , depending on the instructor, but the overall artistic principle is the same. This is true regardless of the medium: oil painting, pastel, watercolor or acrylic. Students make rapid improvements in our classes because of the excellence of our faculty and a commitment to the foundations of academic drawing and painting. Learn more about the school here.
Oyster Bay Railroad Museum
Currently, the Oyster Bay Railroad Museum is housed in the Museum's Visitor Center, located at 102 Audrey Avenue in downtown Oyster Bay. This interim facility contains selected displays from the OBRM's growing collection, exhibits outlining our ambitious plans for the Oyster Bay Railroad Museum of the future, and a gift shop featuring a broad variety of rail-themed merchandise. Find out more here.
Oyster Bay has a number of interesting new restaurants as well as some old favorites to keep you fed and watered during your visit to The Bahr Gallery. Below is your resouce guide to the hottest new eateries, plus ice cream, delis, some great coffee and the famous Bonanza Stand!
Located almost directly across the street from The Bahr, this is the hot new restaurant by wunderchef Jesse Schenker. Not even 35, this is Jesse’s third restaurant, following Gander and Recette in New York City. The Iron Chef winner was named one of the country’s best young chefs by both Forbes and Details magazines. This is without question the hottest restaurant in town, maybe on all of Long Island!
2 Spring is at 2 Spring St., Oyster Bay, 516-624-2411
Located in the former Bookstore Café building – used by the Republican National Party for offices while Roosevelt was in residence – Wild Honey offers classic American fare with interesting twists, nightly specials and generous drinks. Dine inside by candlelight or in the summer outside on the sidewalk.
1 E Main St, Oyster Bay, NY 11771, (516) 922-4690
In Italy, an osteria was originally a place serving wine and simple food. Osteria Leana honors that heritage by offering a select menu of modern Italian fare prepared with seasonally available ingredients from area farmers and vendors. With an open dining room that looks out to the kitchen, Osteria Leana is the perfect place for a light snack, an intimate meal, or simply a glass of wine.
76 South Street, Oyster Bay, NY 1177, 516.584.6995
A very creative, very homegrown and very artisanal new restaurant with a brand new custom menu made each day, Autentico is a true dining destination. While the menu may need some explaining, what comes out of the kitchen won’t leave you to wonder why you came.
124 South Street, Oyster Bay, 516-922-2212
Well, they say it best, hit it, boys: "Oyster Bay Brewing Co. is dedicated to producing the highest quality beer while staying true to our nautical history here on the Gold Coast. We are is in the business of making great beers locally on Long Island. Since 2012, our brewery has been committed to producing unconventional ales and lagers that defy styles, categories and your imagination. Our handcrafted brews utilize only the best ingredients with a sensational rich taste. We take special care to ensure every batch is the best we can brew."
36 Audrey Ave, Oyster Bay 516 802-5546
Also known as the “Diaspora of Japan,” the Nikkei are Peruvian citizens who came from Japan. The single most evident manifestation of Japan’s historical influence in Peru is Nikkei Cuisine, the Japanese-Peruvian culture’s fusion food, which has swept the culinary capitals of Europe. This result has been labeled the Japanese-Peruvian “Love Child,” now known as “Nikkei Cuisine.”
94 South Street, Oyster Bay Phone 516-226-1810
Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner right next door to the Bahr Gallery is Sweet Tomato, a family-owned deli famous for their large selection of delicious soups. Founded in 2004 by Tina Mazarella, Sweet Tomato is run by three generations, led by mainstay and engaging hostess Diana Trama. Grab a cup of coffee, a sandwich or salad or cup of soup at our next door neighbor today!
91 Audrey Ave, 516-802-5353
Get a great cup of single-orgin Joe at Southdown Coffee just a block away from The Bahr. Southdown is your eco-friendly coffee supplier with a variety of choices from the farms the company buys from in Rwanda, Honduras, Brazil, Ethiopia and beyond. While the single-origin beans change, Southdown often has Rainforest Alliance certified beans, meaning they are grown on coffee farms that work to protect the environment, while also working to insure the sustainability of the coffee farmers. Pastry options are robust, as are prosciutto-laden ciabatta sandwiches and locally-made Another Mother granola.
49 Audrey Ave, Oyster Bay
A special part of Oyster Bay history. John Bonanza left Italy and came to Oyster Bay to pursue the American dream and launch his famous Italian Ices in 1897. 120 years and four generations later children and adults line up at the Bonanza for great NY hot dogs, fries, chicken fingers, and of course to choose from a wide variety of delicious Italian ices. Cool yourself off and then head down the street to The Bahr.
25 Shore Ave, Oyster Bay, 516-922-7796
A classic Greek diner serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Tabys does have some very tasty burgers to offer in a casual setting. If you want the diner experience, breakfast all day, or any of many Greek specialties, Taby's is your place.
28 Audrey Ave, Oyster Bay. 516-624-7781
Cafe Al Dente was an Oyster Bay institution for many years in it's original location at 2 Spring Street and after a 5 years hiatus is back where the former Spinnakers and Jack Halyards were located.
Cafe Al Dente features many Italian specialties including meatballs with ricotta, bacon-laced rigatoni Norcina, seafood fra diavolo and my personal go-to, Penne ala Vodka with chicken. They have also kept Spinnaker's signture Burger with Gruyere cheese and so it's a guarantee you won't go hungry.
62 South Street, Oyster Bay 516-922-2999
The Homestead is an Oyster Bay instituion, serving up comfort food and drinks since 1896 - did Teddy Roosevelt eat here? His "summer White House" offices were on the corner so probably so - the heck with where Washington slept! The Homestead opens up the back patio for outside events in the summer and features Open Jam night on Wednesdays and bands on most Friday and Saturday nights.
107 South Street, Oyster Bay, 516-922-9293
Carvel...America's favorite soft serve ice cream since 1934 is serving up smiles in the Oyster Bay community with delicious handmade ice cream, ice cream cakes and take-home treats. Stop by their convenient location at 2 Audrey Ave to enjoy one of their famous ice cream creations, such as a classic sundae, thick shake, Sundae Dasher, or Carvelanche. Take-home treats, including Carvel Flying Saucers, OREO Lil' Rounders, dipped cones or Chipsters, are also available to pick up. And of course there is that Whale of a Cake for that Whale of a Dad. [ah, but we date ourselves don't we?) Listen to Tom Carvel describe it himself here.
2 Audrey Ave, Oyster Bay . (516) 922-7552