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Late Night Eats in Nassau County, LI

janie Jul 14, 2008 08:52 PM

Help! Everytime we are out shopping late, we are always stuck where to find a late night meal with a toddler in tow. We somehow unfortunately end up at Panera on Old Country Road because they're open until 11pm. Most places all close up by 10pm, or take your last order at 9:30pm. Usually we're shopping in the Westbury area, sometimes Rockville Center also. Where can you get an inexpensive and good meal, after 10 pm? Diners are pretty pricey also, but if there's a really good one worth going to, that might be an option. Onlu on Fri and Sat are some places open until 11pm, but we're usually shopping weekdays, so need a place that's open late until 11pm at least.

Open to all cuisines.

Thank you!

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  1. gnocchi RE: janie Jul 16, 2008 07:39 PM

    I wish I could help you, but as this is a pet disappointment of mine also I don't know what to say.

    You're lucky the Panera on Old Country Road is open till 11pm, most of the ones in Nassau and Suffolk seem to close at 10 and sometimes at 9pm in the winter. Even most of the pizza places act like they're doing you a favor when you walk in for slice around 10pm. Diners like you said are getting expensive; some have decent specials but they magically seem to disappear after 9pm.

    This time of the year I'm often out doing yard work till dark, it might be 9pm and then you have to get cleaned up. It would be nice to be able to go out for some good food at that hour. If anyone has suggestions I'd love to hear them.

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      joelfreak RE: gnocchi Jul 17, 2008 01:46 AM

      It's not all that cheap, but Cheesecake Factory is open until 11 or 12 depending on the day, and has a GREAT burger, and some semi-cheap 1/2 salads...

    2. davmar77 RE: janie Jul 17, 2008 09:30 AM

      as it's not manhattan,the only places you'll always find open late are diners.in the westbury area,the one on the corner of old country road and glen cove road is good.in rockville centre,the one on the corner of sunrise hwy and morris ave is good but the pantry diner on merrick rd in oceanside is better.

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        Shayna Madel RE: janie Jul 17, 2008 10:04 AM

        I tend to agree that in the later hours, you are pretty much going to be relegated to diners. In Westbury, try the Majestic, directly across from the Source Mall. The food's not cheap, but it's good. If you are going the dinner route there, (not necessarily even the full dinner, but the one that includes soup or salad and veggies with the main course), for a couple of dollars, they will add a second soup or salad and two can split the dinner. This works great for my sister and her husband, both gastric bypass patients, and probably good if you don't have a super-duper huge appetite, especially if you also take into account that they put bread and a relish tray on the table.

        1. byrd RE: janie Jul 17, 2008 11:11 AM

          All the late nite places to eat like St James in Mineola, Churchills and Croxleys in Rockville Centre are really not a place to bring a toddler at that hour. Your best bets are the diners.

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            CurlieGlamourGirlie RE: janie Jul 22, 2008 06:21 AM

            When I do a show at Hofstra University, we usually go to Runyon's on Hempstead Tpke. They usually keep the kitchen open later than most places. (Usually it's about 11 or so by the time we pack up and get there)

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              byrd RE: CurlieGlamourGirlie Jul 22, 2008 06:56 AM

              Another place that's not for toddlers at that time, especially in the summer when the outside bar is open.

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                CurlieGlamourGirlie RE: byrd Jul 22, 2008 08:29 AM

                You'd be okay though if you stayed inside the dining area - it's usually empty when the outside bar is open that late at night.

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                  janie RE: CurlieGlamourGirlie Jul 22, 2008 01:39 PM

                  It really is hopeless, huh? I'm not really a fan of diner food, unless they have a killer greek salad, or great breakfast stuff...I find it so overpriced, and the quality so boring----------------------I guess there's no chinatown style places that are open late anywhere? Or how about a good mom and pop Italian place?

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                    CurlieGlamourGirlie RE: janie Jul 28, 2008 07:14 AM

                    I don't know any independent restaurants off the top of my head, but I've always had good food at Runyons, and I'd think during the week they wouldn't be rowdy. The rowdiness tends to be at the outside bar on the weekends. I'd take my little one there for dinner.

                    I hate to recommend a chain, but what about Cheesecake Factory in The Source?

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