Long Island Restaurants
You will need to drive, since with few exceptions, Islandia, like most of Suffolk is filled with chain eateries and bad Chinese.
Check out Branchinelli's at 555 Route 111 in Hauppauge for better than average pizza and pasta dishes. Owned, perhaps in the past, I think, by the same folks who own Emilio's in Commack. It's on Route 111 at Townline Rd, about a mile or so north of the Long Island Expressway Exit 56. Also at Exit 56, just south of the LIE, is Cafe LaStrada. Haven't dined there, but they have an extensive wine list.
if you want to splurge, keep traveling north on Route 111 (it becomes 25A north of Main St. in Smithtown, to Mirabelle in St.James, just past train trestle. Contemporary French with emphasis on local produce.
Tennesse Jack's BBQ, a rustic place with good que on Carleton Ave in East Islip near the LIRR tracks. From the LIE, take exit 56 south, bear left at the fork onto Wheeler Rd, which becomes Carleton. You will have to cross Southern State Parkway and Sunrise Hwy.
Laguna Grill is great. My bf used to bartend there. Go for the steak quesadilla and mojitos. Any of the locations are great.
1610 Old Country Rd, Westbury, NY
Laguna Grill LLC - more info »
7927 Jericho Tpke, Woodbury, NY
(516) 682-8000 - 3 reviews
Laguna Grill II
146 Birch Hill Rd, Locust Valley, NY
Lemonleaf's pad thai is so far unrivaled in my opinion (that includes chinatown/flushing/manhattan rest.). Their pineapple rice is tremendously satisfying. Start with the satay (ask for a mix order of beef and chicken).
536 S Broadway, Hicksville, NY
If you have been to Sripraphai in Woodside and say pad thai or anything at Lemonleaf is unrivaled compared to the food at Sri I would have to disagree. Check out the Outer Borough board. It's painful to eat at Thai places on the Island once you taste the real deal. It's not around the corner but definitely worth the trip if you love Thai food.
Hmm...yes, traditionally, I would say Sripraphai in Woodside takes it away. But there's something about Lemonleaf's pad thai that even ctown and flushing can't quite match. Well, it used to be. I do have to say, it wasn't quite the same when I went there three weeks ago after a long time not being there.