The Paramount. Photo credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara

Long Island has its own mini-metropolis in Huntington village, a mecca for shopping, dining, entertainment and the arts. Take a look at just a sampling of what this multifaceted North Shore destination has to offer.

Culture Galore

From modest beginnings more than four decades ago, Cinema Arts Centre, at
423 Park Ave., is one of the few LI movie houses to show independent films. Not a week goes by without at least one special event, with musicians, authors and actors on the bill. cinemaartscentre.org

In addition to its art exhibits, the Heckscher Museum of Art (2 Prime Ave., heckscher.org), on the grounds of scenic Heckscher Park, adds live music to the mix on the first Friday of every month, with performances at 7 p.m. The Huntington Arts Council showcases local artists at its Main Street Petite Gallery (213 Main St., huntingtonarts.org). HAC also offers the Summer Arts Festival, where music, dance and kids shows run six days a week all summer at the Chapin Rainbow Stage at Heckscher Park, named for the late singer and beloved Huntington resident Harry Chapin.

The Paramount draws crowds with its wide range of bands, comedians and celebrities. Upcoming shows include Kevin James and the Indigo Girls (370 New York Ave., paramountny.com.)  Book Revue, the Island’s largest independent bookstore, also offers author readings (313 New York Ave., bookrevue.com).

Eat, Drink

Long Island foodies know that Huntington village is the place to go to sample cuisines from many lands.

Italy is well represented, with Jonathan’s Ristorante (15 Wall St., jonathansristorante.com), Restaurant Joanina (35A Gerard St., restaurantjoanina.com) and Osterio Da Nino (292 Main St., osteriadanino.com). For family dining Italian-style, check out Eatalia (34 New St., eataliafamilystyle.com) and Porto Fino (395 New York Ave., portofinohungtington.com).  Little Vincent’s Pizza, known for its cold-cheese slices, is open late into the night for the after-hours crowd (329 New York Ave).

Asian food options abound, with Thai Thai Villa Restaurant (14 New St., thaithaivilla.com); Osaka (11 Wall St.) for Japanese; the foods of Pakistan, Iran, India and Afghanistan at Spice Village Grill (281 Main St.); and fusion fare at TOA, for Taste of Asia (369 New York Ave., toaasianfusion).

At Mexican favorite Besito (402 New York Ave., besitomexican.com), servers make guacamole right at your table. For tapas, and maybe some tango, try  Café Buenos Aires (23 Wall St., cafebuenosaires.net). For French classics, Bistro Cassis (55 Wall St.) is the place to go.

Steaks are king at Mac’s (12 Gerard St., macssteakhouse.com). Prime (117 N. New York Ave., restaurantprime.com) is the place for spectacular views of Huntington Harbor. At IMC (279 Main St., imcrestaurant.com), most bar bites are just $5 during happy hour, while Sur Argentinian Steakhouse (314 New York Ave., surhuntington.com) has a $13 steak lunch special.

The microbrewery craze has hit Huntington, with Six Harbors Brewing Company (243 New York Ave., sixharborsbrewingcompany.com) offering locally inspired Lloyd Harbor Lite House Lager and Walt Whitman White XPA.

For breakfast or brunch/lunch, try cheerfully decorated Hatch (286 Main St., hatchbrunch.com) for eggs Benedict or avocado toast. In The Shed (54 New St., intheshed.com) is known for its skillet mac and cheese.

Bon Bons Chocolatier (319 Main St., bonbonschocolatier.com) boasts 50-plus varieties of chocolate. Kilwins (293 Main St., kilwins.com) has fudge and handmade ice cream. There’s also Herrell’s Ice Cream (46H Gerard St., herrellshuntington.com) and Ben & Jerry’s (298 Main St., benjerry.com).

Fiorello Dolce Patisserie (57 Wall St.), home of the “frenagel,” a cross between a bagel and a French donut, claims to be home to a regular rotation of ghosts and spirits. fiorellodolce.com

Coffee lovers have many options: Southdown Coffee roasts its own (210-B Wall St., southdowncoffee.com). Catpurrccinos  (322 Main St., catpurrccinos.com), features adoptable kitties, as does The Shabby Tabby (274 New York Ave., theshabbytabbyli.com). For tea sippers, there’s 13 Clipper Ship Tea Company, with a patio out back (297 Main St., clippershipteaco.com).

Shop the Village

Fox’s of Huntington features women’s discount designer clothing (379 New York Ave.,  foxs.com) while Mitchells is known for luxury brands (270 E. Main St.,
mitchells.mitchellstores.com).

You can spend hours browsing the jewelry, home furnishings and more at Sedoni Gallery (304 New York Ave., sedonigallery.com). At Industry Lounge & Gallery, check out one-of-a-kind artwork and sip wine from local vineyards (344 New York Ave., industrymakers.art).

Scentsational is home to hundreds of perfume and essential oils (259 Main St., escentsational.com). Knitters will feel right at home at Rumpelstiltskin Yarns (269 Main St., rumpelstiltskinyarns.com), next door to Little Switzerland Toys & Dolls (267 Main St. littleswitzerlandtoys.com). Escape Pod Comics features graphic novels and superhero dolls (302 Main St., escapepodcomics.com).

Jenna Kern-Rugile is a freelance writer and editor in East Northport.