75 North Long Beach Road, Rockville Center, NY 11570
Bigelow's is located at 75 North Long Beach Road, Rockville Center, NY. There is a small paved parking lot, with one accessible space. There is also street parking nearby.
The double door, street-level entrance leads one to the new indoor/outdoor dining area. Tables are well spaced for easy navigation.
The single-occupancy restroom is quite small and not accessible.
There is not baby-changing facility.
- Attraction Type: dining
Surface of lot: paved
Distance to venue: close
Transportation to venue offered: na
Places to rest: bench in front of entrance
Paths and walkways: stone walkway
Doors: street-level, double doors
Number of floors: 1
Steps and staircases: none
Width of aisles: ample space between tables
Places to sit: tables and booths
Location of restrooms: end of hallway in read
Type of restroom: very small, single-occupancy, not accessible
Ease of entry and exit: ok
Baby changing station: no
Available food services: lunch and dinner
Friendliness of staff: extremely warm and pleasant
Driving East on Sunrise Highway after a meeting, I spotted the sign for Bigelow’s. Having not been there since well before Covid, I decided to stop for a late lunch. We have always loved the food. I especially love their fried clams.
Bigelow’s has been a staple of Rockville Center since 1939, when Russ Bigelow decided to open a seafood restaurant there. Knowing the true art of frying seafood, he was an immediate success. He also introduced the Ipswich Clam (also know as the soft shell clam) to Long Island. Today, the restaurant still hasn’t changed too much, keeping the tradition of excellence alive.
Bigelow’s as I knew it, was always counter service, or take out. I think there may have been one or two small tables cramped into the corners. Nevertheless, they always did a booming business, deservedly so. After I parked in the small, paved parking lot and walked to the entrance, I was surprised to see that they had added an outdoor/indoor area. It looks like part of the parking lot has been transformed to an area with good number of tables that are rather well spaced. There seem to be heaters for when the weather gets colder – something I really appreciate. Not only are there tables, but there is table service as well. The staff has always been lovely, and the people attending to the diners out here continue that tradition. The other big change is that there are no longer stools around the counter – that area is now solely for takeout. I loved being able to sit at a table and relax with my favorite order of fried clams and clam chowder. Always done to perfection and orders large enough to take some home for another meal! What could be better. The couple sitting next to me had lobster rolls, which they told me were excellent.
All of this makes for a great place for lunch or dinner. The only downside, and it’s a pretty large one, is that the restroom hasn’t changed at all. The single-occupancy restroom is very small, and although there is a railing at the toilet, one could not consider it accessible by any means. If you can manage that restroom, this is a great place for seafood.
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