8 Long Island specialty markets that will inspire you to cook more

NoaMar Markets will excite lovers of Spanish flavors. (Credit: Greater Long Island)

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As much as we love dining out, nothing beats a cozy night in. Whether you’re new to the kitchen game, resolving to cook more or just need some inspiration, Long Island is full of speciality markets that will get you excited to fire up the stove. From old-school neighborhood markets to stores selling imported goods, you don’t need to travel far to find all the elements of an inspired meal.

NoaMar Markets

Take a trip to Spain by way of Babylon. Part cafe, part market; NoaMar features everything you need for a mediterranean influenced feast including cheeses, meats, fresh bread even paella. Still not sure you want to cook? Pick up prepared foods such as empanadillas del día and churros con chocolate.

258 Deer Park Ave., Babylon;  noamarmarkets.com

Red Horse Market

Go for the house made fresh mozzarella that is made fresh daily, just be prepared to find yourself adding handmade sausages, Italian marinated chicken kebobs and more to your cart. The one-stop-shop also has a deli, pizzeria, meals to-go and a barista coffee bar.

74 Montauk Hwy., East Hampton; redhorsemarket.com

Marie Eiffel Market

This beloved European style market is worth the ferry ride to Shelter Island. Need a quick bite? The melted Brie and French Ham on a house-made baguette is calling your name. Looking for a dessert to add your dinner party menu? Pick up their decadent flourless chocolate. Need inspiration for your charcuterie board? Their selection of imported French cheeses will help you create a lovely spread.

184 N Ferry Rd., Shelter Island; marieeiffelmarket.com

L&W Market

Shopping at L&W Market is like having the crew of Bridgehampton’s Almond Restaurant curate your grocery list. You’ll find pantry items to up your cooking game including oils like chili, curry and basil, spreads such as smoked ranch dressing and even a smoked ranch sriracha mayo. Quick grab items include sandwiches and salads (the PB&J made with strawberry jam on multigrain bread is a nostalgic afternoon snack) and even prepared foods like a roast chicken that could easily be the start of weeknight feast.

2493 Montauk Hwy., Bridgehampton; landwmarket.com

Razzano’s Imported Food Specialities

This Glen Cove speciality market is a treasure trove of Italian delicacies. It’s easy to spend hours wandering up and down the aisles, browsing the selections of prosciuttos, pancettas, tomato sauces, oils, vinegars and more types of pasta than you could imagine existed. Looking for a new recipe? Razzano’s has cooking tips and recipes on its website.

286 Glen St., Glen Cove; razzanos.com

Lombardi’s Gourmet Market

Lombardi’s is an institution and a dreamy way to spend an afternoon. Lombardi’s Gourmet Market in Holbrook has been serving Mamma Lombardi’s homemade recipes for 40 years. Head to counter and order the Express Hero served with broccoli rabe and pesto garlic sauce and then slowly make your way around the small market, taking the time to look in every nook and cranny. There’s endless inspiration among the store shelves and recipes on Lombardi’s website.

1055 Main Street, Holbrook; lombardismarket.com

American Cheese Shop

Erin Nicosia loves American made cheese and she wants you to get excited about it too. In Sayville, her gourmet market on Railroad Avenue exclusively sells domestic cheese. On any given day you can choose between sheep’s, goat’s and cow’s milk cheeses as well as mixed milk offerings. We spy a cheese plate in your future.

289 Railroad Ave., Sayville; americancheeseshop.com

The Seafood Shop

For more than 40 years, the Seafood Shop has sold fish directly from local baymen. So it’s not surprising that the market and kitchen often has lines that snake out the front of the shop, wrapping down the street. If you’re not sure what type of fish you want, how to cook it or what to cook it the friendly shop will point you in the right in direction or you can cheat and order fish and chips, homemade crab cakes, grilled swordfish and more from their kitchen.

356 Montauk Hwy, Wainscott; theseafoodshop.com