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May 2, 2010 08:26 PM

Looking for fish place on LI

Specifically, a place that has more than just the usual (sole, tilapia, etc.).

I'm not looking for a high-end fish restaurant, but a "peasant food" sort of place, with things like grilled sardines and the like. A place where you eat rather than dine.

Location is relatively flexible, though I'm not looking to go into Queens. East End would be somewhat inconvenient, North Fork less so than South.

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  1. The Golden Dolphin Diner, in Huntington, has daily dinner offerings of grilled 2 lb whole tuna which, while not up to the Astoria versions, where they use a cage and both sides are equally grilled. Here, one side is grilled and the other appears to be pan fried. Good, but not great. They also regularly offer flour dusted and fried whiting and sardines which are also good but on the bland side. A call to the restaurant will confirm their daily availability.

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    1. re: budcar

      Ah, that reminds me of one other thing I'd meant to mention: no fried fish. I just don't have a taste for fried food.

      1. re: budcar

        My bad, no one caught my error. I meant "two pound flounder" not tuna. Sorry

        1. re: budcar

          That was a head scratcher. :-)

        2. re: budcar

          do you know why this place is so dang busy at lunch?
          I couldn't find a seat at the counter and the entire dining room was full. I waited a while for a seat at the counter and then had to leave.

          why so busy?

          1. re: Gastronomos

            It's always slammed. I can walk to it, but don't, mostly. Used to love it. Great turkey breast and goat cheese omelet. Folks around here love it.

            1. re: mcf

              apparently. I thought they were giving something away for free. LOL

              1. re: Gastronomos

                And so cramped in the waiting area, nowhere to turn around, even.

                Since this is a fish thread, some folks like Nader's Fish on the Run on NY Ave, north of 25A. Fast food, takeout place with a few seats, Scott. They will also cook what you catch or bring in.

                1. re: mcf

                  that's why I left. I waited and said screw this. it's just a diner. the menu I looked at didn't seem anything above the pedestrian diner menus of any other diner. both in offerings and prices.

                  is the cook in the back seasoning the food here? that's often what diners lack in their food. I would expect that something is going on here with all these people cramming this place.

                  and as for Nader's, I'll have to stop in. I went to Neraki after I left The Golden Dolphin

        3. Ole Bar and Grill in Farmingville is Portugese and therefore heavy on the fish, and also the peasant fare in general (had rabbit stew last time I was there). I've had either sardines or anchovies (big ones) grilled, and they also make a great fish stew with unusual ingredients. It's on Horseblock Rd between Waverly/Nichols and 112, on the south side.

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          1. re: coll

            Sounds like a good suggestion; I'll have to give Ole a try.

            1. re: Scott_R

              It's really comfortable, although English is not extensively spoken. I love it myself, like a trip to Portugal. Let me know what you think.

              1. re: Scott_R

                Does anyone know Ole's hours? Are they open for lunch?

                1. re: Scott_R

                  Yes maybe even for breakfast? It's a real workingman kind of place, with a bar.

            2. Popei's Clam Bar in Sayville has a large variety of creative seafood dishes. The weekly special are the best. Can't really speak for the other Popei's locations -tried Coram and it was horrible, no comparison.

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              1. re: lkamp

                The comac location is quality.

                1. re: jnab121

                  I just checked and Popei's has no Commack location. did you mean Coram?

                  1. re: budcar

                    deer park location, off commack rd

                    1. re: budcar

                      we went to the Coram one years ago; it was dreadful.

                2. Buoy 1 in Huntington
                  I go to the one in Riverhead which is excellent.

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                  1. re: Motosport

                    I liked it the one time we went in, it was good, nothing over the top for us. Don't recall what we ordered.