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morebarn Oct 11, 2008 08:32 AM

New to this particular area of Long Island and this board.

What are some of the best restauants in the Village of Huntington. Thanks!

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    synergy Oct 11, 2008 09:49 AM

    If you repost this in the Tristate section you will get responses...the Outer Boroughs doesn't cover LI.

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      chaz Oct 11, 2008 07:37 PM

      34 New Street
      Marcia's Kitchen
      Mangiamo

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        CornflakeGirl Oct 12, 2008 04:55 AM

        Mediterranean Snackbar on New York Ave. has always been reliable.

        Canterbury Ales (also on New York Ave.) for a pretty good burger and a pint.

        And my parents have developed a habit of ordering the fries from European Republic (again, on New York Ave.) whenever they grill a steak. I just had some last week and they're pretty good. They also informed me that the wraps aren't half bad either.

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          missmar79 Oct 12, 2008 06:29 AM

          Prime- for trendy steaks-a real scene
          Blue Honu - for hawaiian fusion food- great bar scene
          Mediterranean Snack Bar - for no frills greek food

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          lrbarbie Oct 12, 2008 07:31 AM

          Jonathan's ristorante on Wall St........
          Red on New York Ave

          http://www.jonathansristorante.com/

          1. phofiend Oct 12, 2008 10:53 AM

            Osteria da Nino - Italian
            Bistro Cassis - French
            Buenos Aires -Argentinian
            Besito -upscale Mexican
            Red - American
            Ariana - Afghani
            Kura Barn - Japanese
            Piccolo - Italian

            And so many more. Huntington is a great food town. Welcome, and enjoy exploring.

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              dougnash Dec 23, 2009 01:26 PM

              PortoVivo, go Wednesday night for the roasted suckling pig special, it is the best and so flavorful...

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              jnab121 Dec 23, 2009 02:52 PM

              Black and Blue- Good modern american

              1. OLIVER_J Dec 27, 2009 07:15 AM

                your best bet is to walk around new york ave & main... plenty of lil spots there...

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                  mcf Jan 16, 2010 03:34 PM

                  We've tried Honu over the years in its various incarnations and liked it some, but were never very impressed by the price/value or the ambience. We've been looking for a cozy, unfussy new favorite since Bistro Cassis slid way downhill and this has become ours lately.

                  The new menu is hearty, very well executed, and some of our favorites come out now and then with new and improved preps, like the fabulous, fresh creamed spinach, very garlicky with parmesan now, in large bits, not finely chopped. They have a nice assortment of sides a la carte and you get to choose one for each entree ordered.

                  The value per plate is higher than in past years, too, and the food is homier, kind of upscale comfort food. No teeny weeny portions, presentation is very nice, and servers actually are very professional, efficient, polite and know who gets what, a rarity these days.

                  Excellent dishes we've had are the Friday dish of the day, crab encrusted halibut with a nice lemon butter sauce, chopped salad, pumpkin tortellini, cabernet braised short rib (huge!) and occasional specials. So far, not one clunker, never left hungry.

                  When you can get a table in the rear of the first floor by the fireplace, it's quieter and less difficult to have a conversation, which can be a problem on the rest of the first floor unless you eat early, before it fills up or the bar scene gets going.

                  We're loving Honu after avoiding it for years, not one single disappointing thing about it so far, and a lot to love.

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                  antipode12 Jan 17, 2010 04:07 PM

                  When you compare food-to-price, 34 New Street is a great place.

                  Also, I love Ariana (Afghani-Italian blend), and Sri Thai is the better Thai restaurant.

                  Samurai is fun is you're looking for loud and festive, if not great food.
                  Avoid Thai USA and House of India,

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                    mcf Jan 18, 2010 06:30 AM

                    I haven't been to Samurai, but if it's a hibachi place, I would never venture into one. Thai USA serves flat out inedible food, we've found.

                    34 New is okay, but we haven't felt inspired to go back, and while Ariana can be a good deal for lunch, dinner is pricey for the little you get and the service can be so surly that we're staying away. I haven't been to House of India for any meal but lunch and that was years ago; we live in Huntington, but drive to Hicksville for Indian food.

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                      synergy Jan 18, 2010 09:17 AM

                      I too would recommend going to Hicksville for Indian rather than Huntington. We ate at House of India once and while it was ok, nothing memorable and it didn't earn a return trip. We always go to Hicksville instead.

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                        antipode12 Jan 19, 2010 12:58 PM

                        Yes Ariana is not cheap. Never had that problem w. service though. In fact, the owner, Ali, usually is incredibly warm and polite. Often, his wife is the waitress.

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                          Scott_R Jan 19, 2010 01:34 PM

                          I've had some oddities with when Ariana's opened for lunch: several times I've gone there around 12 to 12:30 and they'd been closed, despite their posted 11:30 opening time.

                          I've enjoyed their food when I've been able to eat there, though.

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                            mcf Jan 19, 2010 04:05 PM

                            I don't mind paying for good food, and often spend more than at Ariana, I was just saying I don't think the value was there at dinner as it is at lunch.

                            I think the wife is the one who was so imperious with me, disapproving of what I ordered and my asking for no rice. Not in a gracious way. We were the only ones there for dinner at first, and she was slow and absent when we needed her, too. I have always found the owner very warm and gracious during my many lunch visits in the past.

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                              LRS Sep 24, 2010 12:09 PM

                              Aside from Oaxaca, are there other good Latin food places? I just to Stony Brook from the city and am looking for nice places to eat nearby. I am particularly interested in peruvian, puerto rican, brazilian, salvadorean, ecuatorian, and venezuelan places, but also turkish, vietnamese, a good chinese, ethiopean, indian, even a good slice or a good burger...as long as is good and relax. I'll appreciate your help.

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                                Scott_R Sep 24, 2010 08:07 PM

                                Are we limiting it to Huntington (in the thread's heading)? If so, then the only other place really is Cafe Buenos Aires:
                                http://www.cafebuenosaires.net/
                                Great reviews:
                                http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C0CEFDF153EF93AA15757C0A9619C8B63
                                http://www.exploreli.com/restaurants/...

                                I'm a little puzzled at the rest of your question, as Turkish, etc. aren't Latin.

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                                  LRS Sep 26, 2010 02:36 PM

                                  Scott R: thanks for your reply. no, I'm not limiting to Huntington, I was reading this thread and replied instead of creating a new one. I'm looking for anything near (30-40 min drive) Stony Brook. And no, I'm not limiting to Latin American or Caribbean food either. I'm Latin American and started my reply with that interest in mind but then expanded while writing, as you saw. I got hungry and was thinking 'out loud'. Any suggestion will be welcomed.

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                                    Scott_R Sep 26, 2010 03:27 PM

                                    You'd mentioned a good burger: have you tried Gourmet Burger Bistro in Port Jeff (a quick drive from SB)?
                                    http://gourmetburgerbistro.com/
                                    I've send a bunch of people there recently and they've raved about it.

                                    Right near SB University, there's Curry Club:
                                    http://www.curryclubli.com/
                                    I used to go there some years back for the lunch buffet, and at that time it was almost as good as some of the better Indian places on the Indian corridor in Hicksville.

                                    I don't know of *any* Ethiopian on LI, let alone a good one. My fav Turkish place is down in Massapequa Park (Ephesus) but Pita House in East Setauket (again, close to Stony Brook),
                                    http://pita-house.com/
                                    has had some good reviews; see:
                                    http://www.exploreli.com/restaurants/...

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                                    Pita House
                                    100 S Jersey Ave East, Setauket, NY

                                    Curry Club
                                    766 Route 25A, East Setauket, NY 11733

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                                      LRS Sep 28, 2010 05:30 PM

                                      Thanks for the recs. I haven't tried any, but will try them all this week for sure. I'm literally new around here. I spend half of the week here and half of it in the city and am trying to convince my friends to visit me so I'm very dedicated to finding good places to eat (and drink) here since that's what we do in the city 80 % of the time. Thanks again.

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                                        Lono37 Sep 28, 2010 09:34 PM

                                        RE Gourmet Burger Bistro - ate there recently with my wife. Two run-of-the-mill cheeseburgers, one fries to split, two sodas, $33 + tip. Never again. I know it's "down Port," but $9.50 for a cheeseburger is really pushing it.

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                                          Scott_R Sep 29, 2010 05:38 AM

                                          De gustibus non est disputandum.

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                                    mcf Oct 2, 2010 09:59 AM

                                    If you're in Stony Brook, the nearest concentration of good Portuguese restaurants is in Farmingville, with maybe some spillover toward the west in Selden, south of you. Curry Club in Stony Brook has very good Indian Food; it's on 25A, just east of Nicolls Rd. East Paviliion (I t hink that's the name) has decent Chinese food in E. Setauket, and Lotus East in St. James and Mt. Sinai do, too.

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