The first inhabitants of Mt. Sinai were the Native Americans, followed by colonial settlers. New home construction began later. In the early 1960s, the suburbanization of the once vast farmland increased. Many people migrated east to escape the “city life” and retreat to a quiet, family-oriented suburban area. In the 21st century, the development of Mt. Sinai has been aimed at building private communities and classic housing developments, such as Island Estates, the Orchards, the Ranches and the Hamlet. Each development has different amenities, appealing to different age groups, hobbies and social classes.
In this small Long Island town there aren't endless options of entertainment. The main attractions are Cedar Beach, which is open to all residents of the town of Brookhaven. The only requirement for entry is a legitimate form of identification. Mt. Sinai harbor is at the tip of Cedar beach. Here locals dock their boats and can easily travel to Connecticut, across the Long Island Sound. Within walking distance of the entrance to the beach itself is a park for small children, a snack bar and outdoor restaurants for everyone. Some of the other activities Mt. Sinai has to offer are Casa Del Sol day spa and Inline One Skate-park.
When it comes to food Mt. Sinai has many options. In a five-mile radius there is everything from Japanese to Italian cuisine. Some of the locally owned restaurants include:
- The Heritage Diner, 275 Route 25A, ☏ . They offer a classic diner atmosphere.
- Senor Taco Express, 1028 route 25a, ☏ . For inexpensive, tasty tacos - eat in or take out. They are open late.
- Amicis, 304 Rte 25A, ☏ . Family-friendly Italian meals with large portions and seemingly endless options. They take orders for pick up and offer a dining room as well.
- Benten Japanese Restaurant, 331 Rte 25A. Benten offers authentic Japanese cuisine for people of all ages. Floor seating and great desserts are all inclusive at this casual dining restaurant.
- Secrets Lounge, 164 Rte 25A. The only bar in Mt. Sinai is Secrets Lounge. This hang out is on a main road and attracts many young people. It is within walking distance to many restaurants that are open late as well.