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Fun place to eat in Nassau County?

donnyp Nov 14, 2009 10:24 AM

Where's a fun place to go out for dinner in Nassau County? You know: loud, crowded, music, not uptight with great food? I've been to some fine restaurants here in Nassau County, but we seem to have a shortage of the above. Or maybe it's me and I'm just getting old? Whaddya think - help me out! Thanks!

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    intrepid RE: donnyp Nov 14, 2009 12:25 PM

    your kidding, you cant find LOUD places in Nassau, i thought that was a given lolololol, great food is the challenge

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      donnyp RE: intrepid Nov 14, 2009 01:39 PM

      Exactly re: the "you can't find LOUD" comment above. How about the same criteria, with just "good" food? West as far as Queens Bell Blvd queens and east as far as Huntington is within my range. Maybe an upscale pub kind of place which doesn't take itself too seriously? I used to like George Martin's over in Rockville Centre for example, but can't say the same for the one in Douglaston - too much attitude. I also like Cippolini, but think Toku (same owners) is too over the top. Actually looking for more casual / more fun than those anyway. Hopefully that gives you some kind of indication.

      George Martin
      65 North Park Avenue, Rockville Centre, NY 11570

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        mcf RE: donnyp Nov 14, 2009 02:52 PM

        You might like the bar scene and the really good food at Honu in Huntington village. Or Four Food Studio on Melville, I hear it's deafening. :-)

        Four Food Studio
        515 Broadhollow Road, Melville, NY 11747

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      toby1355 RE: donnyp Nov 14, 2009 02:06 PM

      If you want loud, crowded, music, and not uptight with good food then I think you should try Millers Ale House in Levitown. Yes its a bar but it has great service, good food, and basically everything you are looking for with a relaxed atmosphere and decent prices. Really awesome drink specials too if you stay there to hang out and drink some beers.

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        toby1355 RE: toby1355 Nov 15, 2009 06:45 AM

        P.S. that last post was by my 23 year old daughter; I've never been to Miller's. According to her, I'm not allowed.

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          donnyp RE: toby1355 Nov 28, 2009 08:32 AM

          Luckily, my daughters order me around only 80% of the time, they being only 14 and 15. Does that make us too old for Miller's? Probably, but I'll try it anyway and Toby you do the same! Thank you and your daughter for the tips.

      2. saradoesmakeup RE: donnyp Dec 2, 2009 06:32 PM

        Ok Millers is for college kids and all the food is fried and covered in cheese. It's like good if you want to go to a sports bar and feel like you're in middle america. I am 28 and I don't find it enjoyable at all.

        I think if you go to any good restaurant during the WEEKEND you will find it loud and fun, and make sure you bring good company.

        Besito- Roslyn or Huntington
        Coolfish- Jericho/Syosset (they sometimes have live music)
        Nisen- Woodbury
        Dino's Joint- Melville on route 110
        West End Cafe- Carle Place
        Smokin Al's- Babylon
        Eddies [Pizza]- Williston Park
        Graffiti- Woodbury
        The Library- Farmingdale (i can only vouch for their cocktails which were delicious, great mixologis)
        Blackstones- Melville
        Novita- Garden City

        Anywhere in the town of Huntington and Rockville Centre on Friday and Saturday nights.

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          donnyp RE: saradoesmakeup Dec 5, 2009 12:18 PM

          Hi Sara: fyi, I actually did like Millers (tried it last weekend) - just for wings and a beer. But you're right about the fried and the cheese (in this case, bleu)! Also right about the sports bar / middle america feel; but those can be good sometimes. However thanks for your recommendations. They all seem to meet my criteria to some degree, though the ones I've been to: (Besito, Coolfish, Novita, Blackstones) are on the "upscale" side fun. Please take this as a compliment.

          Also, I always liked Eddies, "the home of bar pie", years ago, and now you've reminded me to go try it again (remember back when smoking was allowed in there??) I will put the others on my "to try" list and let you know how we make out - they all sound good! Thx again! -- donnyp

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          chaz RE: donnyp Dec 2, 2009 07:14 PM

          Wild Honey in Oyster Bay will fulfill your needs.

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            donnyp RE: chaz Dec 5, 2009 12:09 PM

            Thanks chaz - this is not too far from me. I will try it and let you know! Thx. donnyp

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              robinsilver RE: donnyp Dec 5, 2009 02:44 PM

              I agree that Four Food Studio is definitely worth trying. It can be noisy when crowded, but a real vibe that is very non-LI like.
              Also, what about Waterzooi in Garden City. Mussels is their main go-to food, but would probably fit your criteria too.
              By the way, one thing to remind you about Eddies, they still only take cash. Love their white clam pie too.

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            sagetom RE: donnyp Dec 5, 2009 03:06 PM

            I think that Allegria , the restaurant in the Long Beach hotel of the same name is the type of place you are looking for. Nice ambiance and decor, fashionable crowd and decent food.

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              Nancy191 RE: sagetom Dec 24, 2009 04:44 AM

              Been there twice, I won't give them the opportunity for STRIKE THREE!

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