New Moon Cafe is a family-owned and operated Tex-Mex restaurant located in the heart of East Quogue, NY. Serving the East End of Long Island since 1978, our hard-working staff and loyal customers have become part of our family.
We hope you join us for our daily Mooner specials, Tex Mex signature dinner, late-night drinks, and Happy Hour bar menu or our weekend breakfast. We will meet you on the Moon!
-Shana & Ron "Ole Tex" Campsey
I hope y’all had a Happy Cinco de Mayo day! We had our busiest Taco Tuesday EVER at The New Moon Café! We were so thrilled that so many of y’all brought us your business on this very festive evening! The Margaritas were flowing out the window as, of course, were the many many tacos. This year, with the stress from the state of humanity, we never expected so many people to come. It was great to see so many people we haven’t seen in months! Everyone was congratulating and saying how happy they were to see us so busy. However serving this many people in a four-hour period became very overwhelming and I hope that we served y’all in a proper manner and I hope especially that everyone enjoyed their meals! We reached that goal Tuesday night; there were almost 100 of our wonderful customers and neighbors that came out to the takeout window and we did what we could to make y’all happy. Shana and I have been happy to serve our community of East Quogue for 42 years. When I started the business I just wanted to be a part of a small community so I could raise my family and enjoy the fruits of living in a small town. It has been a great joy in my life getting to see local young people grow up, work for me, and then have their children working for us.
Our community is going through a hard time now with people being out of work, school’s out and businesses not being able to operate. I didn’t sleep much last night and I almost cried a few times thinking about the world...then I was thinking back to 1978, my first Christmas on the Moon. I was lonely and broken hearted. A lady came and knocked on my front door. I went to the door and it was Shirley Carter. I let her in and she said “Merry Christmas!” to me and gave me a coffee can of cookies wrapped in Tinfoil with a red bow around it. Then I said “Merry Christmas! I think I might have just moved to Paradise!” What a wonderful thing it was to have someone welcome you to their community like that. That was 43 years ago. How lucky am I to still live in this community, East Quogue, that I call home
Ronnie Campsey, Shana Crosier-Campsey, and our Mooners
Adding cheese to hamburgers became popular in the late-1920s to mid-1930s, and there are several competing claims as to who created the first cheeseburger. Lionel Sternberger is reputed to have introduced the cheeseburger in 1926 at the age of 16 when he was working as a fry cook at his father's Pasadena, California sandwich shop, "The Rite Spot", and "experimentally dropped a slab of American cheese on a sizzling hamburger."
An early example of the cheeseburger appearing on a menu is a 1928 menu for the Los Angeles restaurant O'Dell's.
Other restaurants also claim to have invented the cheeseburger. For example, Kaelin's Restaurant in Louisville, Kentucky, said it invented the cheeseburger in 1934. One year later, a trademark for the name "cheeseburger" was awarded to Louis Ballast of the Humpty Dumpty Drive-In in Denver, Colorado. According to Steak 'n Shake archives, the restaurant's founder, Gus Belt, applied for a trademark on the word in the 1930s.