Long Island Halfway Point Needed
Our best friends live in Middle Island off the LIE and we live in the Sheepshead Bay area of Brooklyn. The schlep is getting to us. Any restaurant suggestions-casual, inexpensive-any cuisine-somewhere midway would be most appreciated.
Try looking in Melville and Farmingdale along the Route 110 corridor. Plenty of spots around there, although I mainly frequent the Black Forest Brew Haus on the corner of New Highway and Smith Street in Melville (one block east of Rte 110). Large menu - there's a lot of interesting takes on German food, but the menu is large and ecclectic enough to make most people happy. Personal favorites include the Brew Ben (a Reuben sandwich on great soft pretzel rolls), the flame cakes - supposedly a German take on pizza - thin crispy crust, marscapone cheese, onions, diced tomatoes, bacon (although it wrecks havoc with my lactose intolerance). Wings are pretty awesome. AND they make their own beer.
If you're into that sort of thing.