Authentic Mexican restaurant Mesita opens in Amityville, first of four to come to Suffolk


Mesita’s eastern expansion into Suffolk County has officially begun.

In an Instagram post on Saturday, the popular authentic Mexican restaurant announced that its Amityville restaurant will be opening at 8 Green Ave. by the end of the year.

Vacant since 2020, the two-story building was most recently a Chase bank. Now, the structure’s more than century-old history will continue to be a hot spot for authentic Mexican dishes, such as tamales, street corn, and sweet plantains.

“We are very pleased to bring our brand to Suffolk County,” said John Starr, one of Mesita’s owners, in a telephone interview. “What really excites us about Amityville is that it’s a very famous building on Long Island. It’s iconic, it used to be a bank, and it’s going to be amazing.

When Mesita opens in the historic Amityville building, Starr confirmed, customers can expect “the same food they love, the same drinks, the same decor, the same everything” as the restaurant’s locations. Rockville Center and Garden City.

In addition to Amityville, Starr has confirmed plans for three more Mesita restaurants in Suffolk County by the end of 2023. The owners hope to branch out into Commack or Smithtown to the north, and Bay Shore and Patchogue along the South Shore.

Starr said plans are also underway for a seventh Mesita to open in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., next year.

The famed restaurant brand’s skull and luchador decorum make it stand out from other high street night spots. Among the options that attract groups of friends are its platters of fire-grilled steaks, shrimp and chicken fajitas, and the 36-ounce mega margarita.

Top: The vacant former Chase Bank at 8 Green Ave., the site of the future Mesita. (


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