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Decent Dinner near Holtsville, LI?

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We're heading out to Holtsville this weekend for a team event, and wanted to get something near Holtsville for a quick, reasonable family dinner on Saturday evening. We'll be driving from the Boston area, so anything on Long Island along the way would be fantastic. Something Italian maybe but not pizza? Casual definitely. Thanks.

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  1. Howard's Pub on Sunrise Hwy in Patchogue (Waldbaums Shop Ctr) is very reasonable, under $10 set price (last time I was there!) which includes delicious burger with two or three toppings, big portion of high end fries, salad bowl with several dressings on the table and all the beer, wine or soda you can drink served in pitchers. They also have other dinner dishes for a few bucks more including Italian. It gets crowded so the earlier the better. Really casual but great service.

    1. If you are OK with waiting until you get back to mid-Nassau County, there are a few that I like in the Carle Place/Mineola area. My kids 2 favorites actually are Caio Baby on Glen Cove Rd in Carle Place, and Piccolo Bussola in Mineola. Both serve family style. To get to Caio Baby, get off Northern St Parkway at exit 30, bear to the right and go south about 1 mile or less to Voice Rd. It is in the far end of the shopping center. To get to Piccolo Bussola, you can make a right off Glen Cove Rd and Jericho, and take it down a little over a mile, and it's on your left. Piccolo Bussola is not as reasonable as Caoi Baby, where the portions are huge, so order sparingly.

      1. There is a restaurant called J&Rs in Holtsville that is part of a chain of about 4 or 5 restaurants. They have very reasonable food, and OK steaks, not great but OK and you get a lot of food for the money. They have coupons for appetizers/desserts at the following website.

        http://www.jandrssteakhouse.com/faq.asp

        1. Is that on the way via NYC or on the way via New London or Bridgeport ferries? Options would vary somewhat depending on route.

          Anyway J&R as someone mentioned is good for the money and close to I-495.
          Mama Lombardi's in Holbrook off exit 61 has a casual front room where you order at the counter and sit down. Same food as dining room, not exactly cheap, but very good. Both these places can be crowded prime times,
          Near Mama Lombardi's is Irish Times, OK pub fare. Quite a few chains in that area, right on 495, Charlie Brown's, Red Lobster, Smokey Bones, etc.

          http://www.irishtimespubny.com/dining...

          http://www.mammalombardis.com/pages/m...

          http://www.charliebrowns.com/StoreLoc...

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          1. re: gnocchi

            It's on the way via NYC-ferries sound like they don't make a huge difference so we figured anything along the NYC route once we're on to Long Island would be a good place to stop...Thanks!

            1. re: ELOUGH

              If you are not taking the ferries, and are coming over the Throgs Neck Bridge, the ones I mentioned are fine for you. They are about 15 or 20 minutes from the Throgs Neck Bridge.