Coming to Plainview area this weekend
I am looking for great stuff in the plainview area. I am willing to drive for a great meal. I have been to Mirabelle a few times so that's out. My copy of zagat is out of date for the island.
Who is doing top notch food in the Nassau/Suffolk area.
ps. I don't want to drive out to the hamptons, that's a little too far!
there are many good restaurant w/in 20 minutes of plainview. i can only assume you want something upscale since you mentioned mirabelle. in huntington you have Red(cont), Cassis(fr bistro), Picolo(ital) and Besito(auth. mex). all top notch and a liitle more hip than stuffy. in glen cove try Heirloom(cont) or Barneys(cont). Mio(ital) in roslyn is outstanding as is Il mulino(not as good as the original, but very good). Aqua in rockville center is outstanding. Wild Honey(cont) in Oyster Bay is very good. numerous great steakhouses Bryant and cooper (roslyn) Peter Luger (great neck) and rothmans(east norwich)are a few of the better ones and not too far from you. There are many more very good ones, the ones i mention are not SPECIAL OCCASION places or top 5 zagats rated places, but all good fun Saturday night out, good atmosphere places.
Not the upscale dining experience you seem to be seeking but if you're looking for a casual chowhoundish decent lunch or even dinner, The Regal Deli, kosher in Plainview is one of the better kosher/jewish delis on LI. And now that 2nd Avenue deli in the city is closed, maybe one of the better ones overall.
L'Endroit in Roslyn s a good upscale French of the romantic but bordering on stuffy variety.
Bistro M in Glen Head is a good contemporary American - pricey, more relaxed atmosphere.
Cool Fish in Syosset and it's sister Passion Fish in Woodbury used to be good but I've read some negative things here recently.
Pricey, but definitely worth it is Stresa in Manhasset. There is another location in Woodbury, Stresa East, which is also wonderful and closer to Plainview, but I prefer the Manhasset location.
here are a few worthy special occasion places in my opinion. Il Mulino,Barneys,Mill Pond House, Heirloom, Polo at garden city hotel, and Louis XVI(maybe a little far) in no particular order. if you asked me a year ago i would have said The Mill River Inn hands down, but the last time there the food was was average and the menu had changed (i believe the chefs had changed). I know there are some other good ones, these are a few i've been to recently. I you want a truely unique dining experience you may never have again. I highly recommend Maroni Cusine, it's a shoe box and not very comfy but the food is outstanding it's a 15 course tasting menu that the chef must concoct while high. but, he's very talented and almost all the dishes work. totaly worth it!