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Long Island Outdoor Dining For Fussy 75-Year-Olds

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?

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  1. 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

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

      1. re: Jim Leff

        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: Jim Leff

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

            1. re: sbp

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

              1. re: Scott_R

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

                1. re: sbp

                  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:
                  http://tinyurl.com/63fegg
                  (corner of W. Carver & New St.; the R&T was on the north/west corner)

                  1. re: Scott_R

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

        1. re: Jim Leff

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

          1. re: UWStoSONO

            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.

      2. 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

          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.

          1. re: MKS

            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.

        2. I would send them to Pine Island Grill in Bayville.

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          1. re: chaz

            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!

          2. 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. 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.

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

                1. 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. 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.

                    http://www.theschooner.com/

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                    1. re: byrd

                      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 :)