DC chowhound in Long Island-seeking advice
Just out of curiosity- how mobile are you? If you don't mind travelling a half hour, or maybe a bit more, there are some great places to hit in Hicksville:
and a really nice Peruvian Rotisserie place in Glen Cove (La Caravana), just as examples.
Well, couple suggestions:
In the Islandia Center on Rte. 454, just south of the Long Island Expressway, there's serviceable thai (Thai Angel) very good sushi (Takara) and not-so-good Chinese buffet. If you head north on Rte. 454 about 2 miles to the intersection with Rte 347, then head east, there's the best sushi on Long Island in the first shopping center on your right (Kotobuki - the big red neon sign just says "Sushi.") This place is truly excellent, ranked #1 by Zagats for all Long Island restaurants, for what that's worth.
If you head west on the LIE to exit 49, then go north on Rte. 110 about ten minutes, there's a number of very good ethnic (mexican, salvadoran, greek) in Huntington Station - just do a search on the board. Best is authentic mexican - Fonda Coyocan.
Farmingdale is east - exit 62 - and has some portugese options, although nothing there really knocks my socks off.
For excellent, old-style Italian, go to Mario on Motor Parkway.