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Jul 5, 2010 10:05 AM

Looking for dinner between Robert Moses beach and Nassau Coliseum

My wife and I will be out on Long Island in a few weeks and after dropping our son off at Warp Tour at Nassau Coliseum we'll be heading to the beach, weather permitting. Since we can't spend too much time at the beach we figure we'll have a slow dinner and maybe even catch a movie. We're looking for a nice place that would be somewhere between Robert Moses and the Coliseum that isn't too far off in any direction. Any place within the rectangle that the two points create would be fine.

It could be sea food, American, steakhouse, or really any kind of food. It has to be fairly casual as we're coming from the beach after all. Are there any places along Ocean Parkway betw RM and Jones that are worth checking? I just imagine there must be a seafood place along there that's good, I just don't pay much attention when I do that drive as I am always heading home.

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  1. I think there are only concession stands at the various beaches along Ocean Parkway? The restaurant that used to be at Field 4 is being converted to a wedding factory, Donald Trump willing. OBI long gone, not a destination for eating anyway. I'd check Hempstead Tpke around Levittown/East Meadow, Runyons is nice and I think Potters Pub is still there too. They're both between the Coliseum and Wantagh Pkwy, without going out of your way. Grew up right in that area but don't get over there much anymore, unfortunately, I'm sure there's other places right there too.

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      1. re: MacTAC

        I messed up my original reply. I meant to include that I've enjoyed every meal I've had at RS Jones. It's an easy off the Meadowbrook Parkway.

        I replied to coll to say I'm pretty sure it's not Runyon's anymore...

        1. re: MacTAC

          It's been awhile, obviously! I see that the one in Seaford is still there, although the one time we went we had a terrible time due to the waitstaff. However that was years ago, so don't go by that......

          1. re: MacTAC

            you beat me to it. rs jones was a regular stop for us until we moved upstate. i tried to have them open a location near us but no luck. ;-)

      2. There is a good Chinese restaurant (Chinatown style) in Levittown called The Fortune Wheel. It is in the BJ's Shopping center on Hempstead Turnpike (24) there is also a multiplex movie theater in that shopping center. Slightly west on Hempstead Tpk. there is a pretty new branch of the Texas Roadhouse chain that has somewhat decent steaks at a fair price. Not sure if it is in East Meadow or Levittown. There are a lot of seafood places on the "Nautical Mile" in Freeport but none that I would rave about. There are many places there where you can sit out by the water and eat. It has a touristy vibe. Some of the places have live music. Not sure what day of the week you will be there.

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        1. re: lmeersand

          OK - I just thought of somewhere else - Fisherman's Catch, 111 Bayside Dr. in Point Lookout - the food there is probably better than the Freeport places and it is also on the water.

          Fisherman's Catch
          111 Bayside Dr, Point Lookout, NY 11569

          1. re: lmeersand

            i thought fisherman's catch was ok. good but nothing different. the standards were fine.

            it's a shame about the nautical mile in freeport. someone with a good chef and some imagination could do well there but as of now, nothing to write home about.

            1. re: davmar77

              there is plenty of food for drunks all summer long... can't wait to head back to the mile for a few cold ones and some bad seafood...

              1. re: Gastronomos

                sounds about right. imagine what a killing a place down there could do with a top chef.

                1. re: davmar77

                  There is, he is just down the block.
                  But I wouldn't go there to get loaded either, it's way too nice for that.

                  1. re: coll

                    I'll have to take your word for it coll. the fancy cars and better dressed surely seem to flock to this place. But after one of the worst dinners I have ever experienced at Wildfish a few years back has turned me off to eating anything seafood in what Freeport has become.

                    The Nautical Mile is now what Island Park was a few years back, a club scene. It's not a bad thing, just not about food.

                    I dare say that maybe Bracco's DOES have the best seafood offerings on the mile, and that is a scary thought and sight!

                    If the stars align, I will try and make it to Pier 95. But, I must ask, what on this dinner menu from the website you provided is Chowhound worthy?
                    Fish and Shellfish

                    Broiled Fillet of Sole with Lemon-White Wine Sauce. $19.75
                    Fillet of Salmon, Mustard Crusted Over Julienned Vegetables. $23.75
                    Seared Sea Scallops with Choron Sauce. $26.75
                    Baked Jumbo Shrimp Stuffed with Crabmeat, Fresh Herbs and White Wine Sauce. $26.75
                    Monkfish Medallions Wrapped in Bacon in Citrus-Peppercorn Sauce. $25.75
                    Bacalhau (de-salted Codfish) with Roasted Peppers and Garlic-Olive Oil Infusion. $25.75
                    Roasted Fillet of Chilean Sea Bass over Lobster Sauce. $34.75
                    Grilled Sword Fish with Lemon-ginger Sauce. $27.75
                    Seared Tuna over a Honey-Balsamic Reduction and Wild Rice. $29.75
                    Paella of Lobster, Shrimp, Scallops, Clams and Mussels. $25.75
                    Paella Valenciana with Above Seafood, Chouriço, Pork and Chicken. $27.75
                    Roasted Mariscada of Lobster, Shrimp, Clams and Mussels in Herbed Garlic Sauce. $29.75
                    Steamed Alaska King Crab Legs served with Drawn or Garlic Butter. $44.75
                    Baked Stuffed 2 Lbs. Lobster with Lump Crabmeat. (Market Price)
                    Steamed or Broiled 2 Lbs. Lobster served with Drawn or Garlic Butter. (Market Price)

                    1. re: Gastronomos

                      I order off the daily specials. The soups are just wonderful, whatever they offer that day. The fish of the day is always something special too. Now I haven't been there in months, so maybe things have changed? Last time I got some kind of whole fish that had just arrived via plane from Europe, the chef is a stickler when it comes to fish. And just because you don't like the sound of them on the menu, doesn't mean they are not executed perfectly, and you finally get to try something as it was meant to be. Or else go to the Nautical Mile and have fun! Life is too short to worry about stuff like this.

                      1. re: coll

                        LOL! coll, you never cease to amuse me. I really like that you choose to order from the daily specials. I would like to do the same.
                        Life is too short to be amazed by a simple whole fish.
                        I grew up fishing and grilling whole fish. It was a staple in my home. Fresher than any restaurant could possible imagine.
                        When out to eat, I want something that isn't simple and takes some skill to make, especially at some of the prices that are charged for simple things.

                        BTW, you'll find me up and down the Nautical Mile all summer long. Mid day, evenings and nights, Monday thru Sunday. Drinking, not eating, usually...

                        Thanks! :-)

                        1. re: Gastronomos

                          Depends if you consider Portugese "simple" I guess. To me it's a little exotic.

                          If I lived closer I'm sure we'd be on the Nautical Mile in the summer too, I laughingly recall a night at Ottos that was so bad it was hysterical, yet fondly remembered for many reasons.

                          1. re: coll

                            yeah, that sounds like Ottos... LOL

                            1. re: Gastronomos

                              It was comically bad and we still laugh about the waitress we had on occasion. She should have been working at Faulty Towers.

                            2. re: coll

                              I'm with Coll. I had a wonderful meal a few months back at Pier 95 and it was a far cry from the Nautical Mile.


                              And Gastronomos, for those of us who aren't fishermen, a restaurant that gets a really fresh whole fish and prepares it simply and respectfully--that's a thing of incomparable beauty. Whole fried fresh local fluke at Artie's in Island Park. Wow.

                              1. re: emarcus

                                I agree. It is a thing of beauty. As a kid, we would stop by the Nautical Mile Sunday mornings to buy fresh fish, back when the Nautical Mile had fish markets... grilled, broiled, fried, and traditional Greek fish dishes.

                                But, what about of the rest of us? Not all of us consider a steak and a baked potato a meal to order when we "go out" to eat. Some of us are "wowed" by the deft hand of a chef.

                                Sourcing great, fresh ingredients is only a small part of a kitchen managers job...

                                1. re: Gastronomos

                                  Well then it's time you try Pier 95! I believe they are open all year round too, so there's a bonus.

                                  1. re: coll

                                    I agree! I value your opinion coll. I'm gonna make it there soon! ♡

                                    1. re: Gastronomos

                                      I'll have to get back there myself, I got myself all excited now just remembering it. It was around this time of year, so they had to work extra hard.

                                2. re: emarcus

                                  emarcus, just curious, I was unable to find out myself and I thought you can help. Do you know who the head chef is at Limani in Roslyn?

                                  Chef de cuisine, executive chef, chef manager, head chef, master chef, whatever the title.

                            3. re: coll

                              Maybe we visited on the chef’s day off but we had a very disappointing lunch at Pier 95 recently. We all ordered the filet of sole but that sure was not the fish we were served. The mystery fish was served with a lemon, white wine sauce that was almost sweet. The bread was tasteless and, while not stale, was probably from the last night’s service. We did enjoy our salads though. And the view.

                2. re: lmeersand

                  Texas Roadhouse can be very crowded, I don't think they take reservations. You can try Dominicos in Levittown (Hempstead Turnpike and Gardiners). Modertely priced Italian, large seating area. There are a variety of chains in the area Friday's and Chiliis come to mind. Fast food includes Five Guys on Hempstead Turnpike. There is a new Italian place, I think it is called Besi on Hempstead Turnpike just west of 106. Plenty of choices

                  Five Guys
                  7 Southside Dr Ste 107, Clifton Park, NY 12065

                3. head east on Ocean parkway to TOBAY beach parking lot, TOBAY is a bay/ocean beach for town of oyster bay residents, and in that parking lot there are two restaurants on the bay is Singletons, which is seafood/american and the newer one is the Salsa Shack....both are casual and if you are coming off the beach you can absolutely be in cover ups...outdoor seating w/a nice water view naturally!

                  says on their website there is limited parking for non-town residents....


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                  1. re: ediecooks

                    Now that you mention it, aren't some of the concessions on OP Beach Huts? Just ate at the one at Meschutt Beach in Hampton Bays, not bad for that type of food (Concession fast food but they did have whole lobsters once a week, and I had a grilled tuna steak that, while obviously frozen, tasted fine). At least you have beach ambience which makes up for a lot.

                    Looks like there are two there, unfortunately both at Babylon Town beaches. Cedar Beach and Overlook Beach. Not sure if they'll let you into the parking lot without a sticker?

                    1. re: coll

                      I hit the Beach Huts a few times during the seasons. Really good mussels, great linguini w/white clam sauce. Beachy-type setting, very casual and on weekends, there's usually live music. They also do frozen alcoholic drinks if you like such things.

                  2. re the TOBAY lot, they stop checking for stickers at 4.00.

                    1. Go to Captree Cove Restaurant in Captree State Park...great food surprisingly, amazing views, and the people that were working there were really nice and laid back...I had mussels in a garlic and white wine sauce which was really fresh, and then I had fresh tilapia with spinich and gorgonzola cheese encrusted on was really yummy!!

                      They have a new owner (3rd season there I think) and its really gotten good...frozen drinks were great too!!