Campus Dining

Stony Brook, NY
Tuition (in-state)
$17,810 ($5,870)
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1 College Junior

Campus Dining: Campus dining is absolutely abysmal. The meal plan is nothing but a rip-off. It is essentially a debit account that you have to pay into for to get ludicrously over-priced food and never get your money back from. Dining is minimal for late night and the options are even worse at those times. The workers are often surly and the whole system essentially encourages stealing of food. Most students have stolen food in some way as far as I can tell.

3 College Student

Campus Dining: Not terrible. Definitely better than most SUNY schools.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: There needs to be more CHEAPER HEALTHY options. The crap deep fried food is half the price of healthy options. My meal plan always runs out before the last month! Best bet is to but some food off campus.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Dining halls are really accessible, and all of the ones I have been to have variety. There's usually a fast food option, a sushi bar, a salad bar, Chinese food, pizza, soups and a station that has different options depending on the day of the week. I live in a cooking building, so I try to make my own meals as much as I can. From what I've experienced and heard from other students, the options seem narrow as you eat there more often.

2 College Senior

Campus Dining: Awful service and no healthy food options.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 58th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 164th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 395th
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 622nd
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 1113rd
    Healthiest Dining Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Barbara Ross
Hopewell Junction, NY
Business Management
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Stony Brook University has an abundance of eateries, which can range from very poor to very tasty. The deli on campus serves Boar’s Head brand meats and makes the sandwiches in front of you. At the grill, you can get a cheeseburger, Philly cheesesteaks, fried chicken sandwiches, you name it. There are kosher and vegetarian options in select places, such as the Delancey Street Deli. Veggie burgers and salads are available in most of the dining facilities.

The largest dining hall is in the Student Activities Center and can accommodate any appetite. Options there include fresh pizza made in a brick oven, sushi, Au Bon Pain soups, and more. It can get crowded during peak hours, but you can navigate through it quickly if in a rush. The Wang Center features the Jasmine Food Court, which has authentic chefs straight out of New York City who make sushi and other Asian dishes. If you’re in the mood to be served, Wolfie’s Restaurant is the closest place you can go to on campus. It serves pretty much anything you could want. Roth Dining Center includes a Wendy’s and Tabler Café with a Dunkin Donuts. There is also a Starbucks in the Union.

Facts & Statistics

Average Meal Plan Cost
$3966 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
There are several different meal plans, which give more flexibility to the student body. However, for resident students, whichever dorm one lives in determines which plan is required. The Sliver plan is the default choice.
Student Favorites
  • Jasmine
  • Kelly Breakfast
  • Wolfies
24-Hour Dining
Kelly Dining Center (Monday-Thursday)
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Special Options
Market Place, Galleria Café, Harriman Building Café
Did You Know?
Jasmine offers Indian, Thai, sushi, and also features a Japanese grill. This restaurant comes from the great minds of Rajesh Bhardwaj and Sushil Malhotra, whose trademarks are the best and freshest ingredients mixed with an elegant setting and authentic cuisine. Bhardwaj was a food and beverage manager at one of India's largest luxury hotel chains, and Malhotra opened Dawat, rated by Zagat as the best Indian restaurant in New York City.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Campus Connection
Location: Benedict College in H-Quad
Food: Au Bon Pain, Dish Dealz, Sandella's, Taco Bell Express, The Grill Connection, Vegetarian Corner Dinner, Weekend Brunch
Hours: Lunch/Brunch: Monday-Friday 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.; Dinner: Sunday-Thursday 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m. (until 12 a.m. for Taco Bell), Friday-Saturday 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m.
Campus Dining Carts
Location: Locations: Administration, Dental, Life Science, SBS Cart
Food: Each cart carries convenience items and OutTakes grab-and-go food items.
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Delancey Street
Location: Student Union
Food: Kosher
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 11:30 a.m.-2 hours before sunset
Location: Second floor of Stony Brook Union Building
Food: Indian, Thai, Chinese, Sushi, Japanese Grill.
Hours: Monday-Friday 6 p.m.-10 p.m.
Kelly Coffee & Tea House
Location: Kelly Dining Center, first floor
Food: Featuring assorted hot and cold Mountain Blend coffees, Mighty Leaf teas, specialty drinks, smoothies and bubble teas, as well as assorted pastries and baked goods.
Hours: Daily 5 p.m.-12 a.m.
Kelly Dining Center
Location: Kelly Quad
Food: Au Bon Pain, Changing Palate, Deli, Brunch, Market, Origins, Portabella's, Blue Agave
Hours: Sunday-Thursday open 24 hours, Friday-Saturday open until 3 a.m.
Roth Food Court
Location: Roth Quad between the Cardozo and Whitman residence halls overlooking the Roth pond
Food: Wendy's, Mamma Leone's, Seawolves Subs, International Market, Pura Vida
Hours: Monday-Friday 11:30 a.m.-12 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 12 p.m.-12 a.m.
Location: Second floor of Stony Brook Union Building
Food: Coffee and Teas
Hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-10 p.m.
Student Activities Center
Location: First Floor
Food: Au Bon Pain, Changing Palate, Philly's Campus Grill, Portabella's Pizza, Seasons, Toasty Subs
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m.-9 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m.-8 p.m.
Student Union Deli
Location: First Floor
Food: All of the essentials for stocking up your room, full service deli for salads and sandwiches, breakfast sandwiches and bagels.
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturday- Sunday 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Tabler Café
Location: between Hand and Toscannini Colleges in Tabler Quad
Food: Dunkin Donuts, Freschetta Pizza
Hours: Sunday-Friday 5 p.m.-10 p.m.
The Union Commons
Location: Stony Brook Union Building
Food: Au Bon Pain soups, Bamboo (Chinese), Blue Agave (Mexican), Coyote Jacks (Grill), Halal NY, Calypso, Changing Palate
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wolfies Restaurant
Location: Second floor, Student Union
Food: Restaurant syle food including wings, sliders, pasta dishes, and desserts
Hours: Monday-Friday 5 p.m.-9 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 102 responses

Very poor
  • Availability
  • Ethnic/kosher options
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Value
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 9 responses

  • 29% Union
  • 24% Pizza, sushi, Wendy's, Salad, Burritos
  • 24% SAC
  • 18% Wang CENTER
  • 6% Wendys

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 5 responses

  • 43% Anything campus made or imported
  • 29% The food at the SAC
  • 14% No healthy options
  • 14% The hospital cafeteria

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 6 responses

  • 33% Lack of options with the meal plan budget
  • 25% No ingredients listed for foods
  • 25% LAck of vegan food choices
  • 17% Required to have one

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 8 responses

  • 78% Dont have to bring cash out
  • 22% Fresh food at Halal


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