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Low Budget Eating on Long Island

I was wondering if anyone could recommend some good eats in Nassau County, Long Island. I have limited funds but really enjoy eating out. I'm open to all types of food.
Thanks.

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  1. The best for the money is the Columbian chicken restaurant on Old Ctry Road in Westbury in the old diner two blocks west of the Wantagh Pkwy. One can get away for less than $10.00 and enjoy rotisserie chicken with plantains and rice and beans. The management is warm and accommodating and we've never had a bad meal.

    1. I love "Its Greek to Me" in Syosset. Very good Greek food. You can get the regular popular dishes like Gyro or Souvlaki with Greek Salad and another side dish for about $10 or so. If you want something a little higher end, they offer fish dishes for under $15.

      It may not be authentic but Lemonleaf grill in Carle place is very good thai, very consistent. Its cheap, relatively quick. Its not as cheap as the most authentic place around Sripraphai in Woodside, but for Long Island its not an expensive meal.

      Laguna Grill in westbury and woodbury offers a lot of ton of options for Wraps, Salads and Sandwiches for under $12.

      Majors Steakhouse in woodbury and east meadow $5 burger is a great deal.

      A lot of people seem to like pizza at other placec, but for $15 the Blue Moon Special at Blue moon Pizzeria in RVC is an amazing deal, plus its my favorite place to get pizza in long island. Easily can stuff 2 big eaters, or 3 normal to small eaters without getting an appetizer or anything else.

      Sunday night is All you can eat pasta night at FH Rileys in Huntington village(suffolk). For $12 you get all the pasta you want, of all different types and a salad. I just looked on their website, they have 16 different choices for sauces.

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      1. re: jpf1980

        Whoa, whoa. I always have to address a mention of Lemonleaf.
        Worst. Thai. Ever. Heck, it's not Thai: typical American-style Chinese food with some Thai ingredients. The Denny's of Thai (as someone on these boards once posted).

        The only meal out I've been unable to complete--and by that I mean more than 1/4 of the plate--was there. Spicy Basil Chicken, or something like that. Sticky and cloyingly sweet.

        1. re: Scott_R

          I stand by comment on lemonleaf. My first 5 words were "It may not be authentic" so I know this is the case. But it is tasty. I am the type of person who can enjoy a cheap meal at a good chinese take out place, and at the same time enjoy a fine dining experience at some of NY's best restaurants.I know the differences in ingrediants, the taste sensations, the textures expected, etc etc. Going to Lemonleaf is a cheap night out for thai food for the masses. Maybe you had a problem with the sweetness of that dish. I've ordered before, yeah its a little sweet so i add some chili to it. Problem solved. I'm not saying its even 1 star ny times quality, but it does taste good. It satisfies a thai craving since the better thai places are not near me. I don't have time to drive to Kings Park, Bayshore or Woodside on an average night that i would go there. They don't have bad tasting food there. I know at least 10 other people who enjoy the place, none of them being as food snobby as myself. Give it another chance, it does actually taste good. I do agree, it is barely thai food, but it definitly serves as a descent introduction to that type of food for someone who has never had it before. I do recommend skipping all of the appetizers and salads.

          1. re: jpf1980

            My dish had plenty of chili; it was simply inedible. It isn't barely Thai; it isn't Thai. Every other fan of Thai food I know has agreed. If I wanted someone to try Thai, I wouldn't dream to send them there for an introduction (I'd send them to Tiny Thai in Farmingdale).

            There is no other restaurant I can think of that elicits such a strong response from me. I've been to Thai places all over (not Thailand--yet), and Lemonleaf stands out--but not in a good way.

          2. re: Scott_R

            Based on the Huntington branch of Lemonleaf, totally agree. Every dish too sweet, not spicy enough, and clearly not using the whole palette of thai spices in their curry pastes (assuming they use any). Went twice, won't go back.

            1. re: sbp

              I guess everyone will disagree on this lemonleaf thing, but for the record there are only two lemonleaf locations. One in Carle Place and one in Hicksville(the Hicksville location makes terrible food, i forgot about that, i have been to Hicksvlle location twice and both times didn't like it, maybe thats what the issue is, which location have you gone to Scott R? There is a huge quality difference between the Hicksville and carle place locations).

              You may be thinking of Greenleaf in East Northport on Jericho Turnpike just off of Elwood. I have never been there.

            2. re: Scott_R

              Oh, I dunno. Thai USA on NY Ave. in Huntington is totally inedible, every dish. Lemonleaf is bad, too, though. Tough contest.

          3. thomas's ham & eggery in westbury for breakfast.amazing and reasonable.
            simply thai in rockville centre.

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            1. re: davmar77

              Davmar, I've have been to prob 20-25 different thai restaurants in my life. I can comfortably say Simply thai was the worst one i have ever been to. I strongly suggest for thai in RVC that you go to Thai Table. Speaking of which, Thai Table is not that expensive, but the portions are on the small side.

              1. re: jpf1980

                I really enjoy thai table to Long Island thai food - good, consistent, and cheap - and if anything, i'd say the portions are generous! Simply thai sucks.

            2. Try Riddicks Kitchen and Catering for cheap delicious soul food at 213 Front Street in Hempstead and All American for hamburgers and the best french fries, 4286 Merrick Road, Massapequa.

              1. Azerbaijan Grill in Westbury has a great lunch special for $9.95 and their dinner specials are only a few dollars more (I think $11.95?). Very tasty Turkish/Persian food, and a real bargain.

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                1. re: Shawn

                  Good food and large portions at reasonable prices.

                  ~Fred19

                2. Strange, I could have sworn I posted the first reply to this post; guess it didn't go through.

                  Ephesus in Massapequa Park (14 Park Blvd, just south of Sunrise). The sandwiches--shish kebab, gyro, Turkish meatballs, etc., on homemade bread--can't be beat at $5.95. Pide (a Turkish version of pizza, sans red sauce) is mostly under $10.

                  If you don't mind edging just barely into Suffolk:
                  Seconds BBQ (2 Washington Ave in Amityville). Lunch ranges from $3.50 to $7.50, dinner $7.50 to $12.50), but even the lunch portions are big enough that they usually serve as two meals for me.

                  Peace Street Kitchen (827 Walt Whitman Road, Melville): sandwiches/wraps/burgers and around $7, plus entrees--and where else can you find Hungarian/Italian/American? They just got a great mention in the LI Press:
                  http://longislandpress.com/main.asp?S...
                  or try
                  http://tinyurl.com/5e4y26

                  1. Chicken Kebob in Roslyn and and Cyprus Shish Kebab in Williston Park both have Dinner entrees that come with salad, rice & pita for the $10.95 to $13.95 range. Sandwiches on pitas are mostly $5.50 to $6.50. Either place is quite good for Greek-style food.
                    Paradise Island in Williston Park has now become a Vietnamese restaurant. With the exception of their seafood entrees, most are in teh $9-$10 range. For those who think that Lemonleaf is not spicy enough, the soups in particular here are quite good and very spicy. A large Canh Chua soup is between $5.75 & $6.95, and there are noodles dishes in the $8 range.

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                    1. re: robinsilver

                      Just to clarify: it isn't that Lemonleaf isn't spicy enough: the food is simply bad and doesn't deserve to be called Thai.

                    2. If you do a search on this board, you'll find my recent writeup about Bigelow's, which has fantastic fried seafood...

                      BIGELOW'S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
                      79 N Long Beach Rd
                      Rockville Centre, NY
                      516-678-3878

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                      1. re: Curlz

                        i guess everyone has their own taste.that's what make it interesting.i thought bigelows was ok,nothing special.in my mind i can get fried food like that in many places.as far as simply thai,we go there every once in a while and it's always been good.we take my brother and his family there and they are very picky and they enjoy it.who knows from day to day how a place will be.

                          1. re: byrd

                            I agree, they are the best fried whole belly clams.Only a handfull of places in the New York Metropolitan area do whole bellies, and these are great but they are anything but "low budget"

                            http://edlevineeats.seriouseats.com/2...

                            1. re: stuartlafonda

                              I really like Pete's Pita in Island Park for Greek and really good is Chaba for Thai in Long Beach. As for resonable seafood, I like the clam bar in Pt. Lookout or Jordan's in Island Park