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Long Island Outdoor Dining For Fussy 75-Year-Olds

Jim Leff Aug 7, 2008 08:13 PM

75 year old finicky fussbudgets with zero adventuresomeness need a "nice" place to celebrate a birthday, with outdoor seating, in Nassau County or western Suffolk County.

Where would YOU send them?

  1. sbp Aug 8, 2008 07:05 AM

    I've never eaten there, because it looks like a non-Chowhoundy place, but Mill Dam (is it Mill Pond?) on Main Street in Centerport? Or that new Pier 441 right next door?

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    1. re: sbp
      Jim Leff Aug 8, 2008 08:59 AM

      Just out of my own sense of pride, I'd like to not recommend anyplace with ho-hum food....

      1. re: Jim Leff
        sbp Aug 8, 2008 01:05 PM

        Understood, but you know for many 75 year olds, the Bonwit Inn is THE place to go, and sitting outside on the curb at Island Jerk in Wyandanch, listening to reggae from the guy with the boombox outside the check cashing place is not going to cut it.

        1. re: sbp
          Jim Leff Aug 8, 2008 01:40 PM

          Happy medium??

          1. re: Jim Leff
            sbp Aug 11, 2008 04:20 AM

            Rose & Thistle in Huntington village -- it has outside seating, right?

            1. re: sbp
              Scott_R Aug 11, 2008 06:21 AM

              Rose & Thistle was torn down quite some time ago. It's now a parking lot.

              1. re: Scott_R
                sbp Aug 11, 2008 08:27 AM

                D'oh. And I drive past it about once a week.

                1. re: sbp
                  Scott_R Aug 11, 2008 02:25 PM

                  Not sure if that's a surprised "D'oh! I never noticed" or a sarcastic "D'oh, of course it's there."

                  If the latter, here's a Google Satellite view of the former Rose & Thistle in its current form:
                  (corner of W. Carver & New St.; the R&T was on the north/west corner)

                  1. re: Scott_R
                    sbp Aug 12, 2008 04:16 AM

                    That's a "D'oh, how could I be so blind."

        2. re: Jim Leff
          UWStoSONO Aug 8, 2008 03:46 PM

          What's wrong with Mill Pond. Last time I was there...2 months ago, the food was pretty good.

          1. re: UWStoSONO
            sbp Aug 11, 2008 04:17 AM

            No offense meant -- like I said, I haven't been there. From the outside, to me it has a couple big red flags: (1) it's not a steakhouse, but has a sign that says "steaks-chops-seafood"; I take that as a sign they are promoting very plain preparation; (2) valet parking; just seems so pretentious to me (though at Mill Pond, with the traffic pattern, I give it a pass.

            So, do us all a favor and review the place! I have no idea what the menu is like.

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        Shawn Aug 8, 2008 09:23 AM

        Maybe the Palm Court at the Carltun in Eisenhower Park? That's an unadventurous 75 year olds' restaurant if ever there was one. They have seating on the patio, and it is very "nice" and pretty.

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        1. re: Shawn
          MKS Aug 8, 2008 04:32 PM

          Thyme in Roslyn has a nice patio overlooking the duck pond.
          Lovely area to take a stroll afterwoods.
          Must say its been a while since I've eaten there,but I thought the food was quite good as well as the service and atmosphere.

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            robinsilver Aug 8, 2008 06:00 PM

            And if they don't feel comfortable there, they can always go to Jolly Fisherman right around the corner. No outdoor dining, but great for the blue hair set.

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          chaz Aug 8, 2008 07:28 PM

          I would send them to Pine Island Grill in Bayville.

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          1. re: chaz
            neverlate Aug 9, 2008 07:03 AM

            Any fast food place with kid food like MacDonalds is perfect. Make them get up and walk a little bit, the food is in small portions and easy to eat and swallow. At least they won't complain about the prices. Boy, do they love to complain, don't we know it!

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            collegecook28 Aug 9, 2008 07:05 AM

            If they like Italian food Blue Moon in Rockville Centre has great food and outdoor seating, although the view isn't really any good - unless you find the Fantasy movie theater particularly beautiful.

            1. phofiend Aug 10, 2008 08:55 AM

              Prime in Huntington is lovely, and the food is very good, though pricey. The menu has something to please everybody, from dry aged steaks and clams on the half shell to tasty sushi rolls.

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                budcar Aug 10, 2008 02:50 PM

                Abel Conklin's in Huntington would fill the bill. Old school menu with seasoned clientele and good to better food.

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                  Scribbler Aug 11, 2008 12:31 PM

                  Crabtree's on Jericho Tpke in Floral Park. Nice outdoor deck in back. Food decent, certainly not exciting, but pleasant. My 80 yo mom and her posse like to hang there.

                  1. byrd Aug 11, 2008 11:12 PM

                    Go to the Schooner in Freeport, this is super deluxe blue hair. You could even tell the old folks that if they look closely they could see the ghost of Guy Lombardo in the background. You'll get a decent vintage mid seventies retro meal.


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                      financialdistrictresident Aug 12, 2008 04:20 AM

                      byrd, does that bring back memories. I last went there with one of my 80 year old neighbors. She told me tales of dinners/cocktails at the Schooner (or maybe it was another nearby restaurant in Freeport?). They made the best Golden Cadillacs. By the way she didn't have blue hair :)

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