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Where to eat in or near Plainview and Massapequa, Long Island

mrsphud Aug 17, 2010 06:53 AM

Visiting for a long weekend and would like to escape some of our family events for some yummy meals on our own. Would like some great kosher style deli, Italian, breakfast, and nice fish restaurant for a party of 9. Suggestions with locations would be most welcome

  1. Gastronomos Feb 27, 2014 02:54 PM

    casual but fun and tasty is

    Zim Zari California Coastal Grill
    Live Free... East Coastal!

    "Zim Zari is freedom.
    It’s calling in to work and heading for the ocean.
    Ordering boat drinks while in the middle of the city. Wearing shorts on a weekday.
    Zim Zari is more then just a restaurant. Zim Zari is camaraderie. "

    Zim Zari California Coastal Grill
    4964 Merrick Rd
    Massapequa Park, NY 11762
    (516) 809-6960

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    1. re: Gastronomos
      Scott_R Feb 27, 2014 04:24 PM

      I guess that job there worked out for you.

      1. re: Scott_R
        Gastronomos Feb 27, 2014 04:25 PM


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      synergy Feb 24, 2014 08:58 AM

      Morrison's in Plainview has a great menu. Friday nights it's all seafood specials.

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        mcf Mar 16, 2014 06:27 PM

        I've heard the sound level is astounding so haven't gone. Their other place in Commack was ok... good value. Jackson's.

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          synergy Mar 27, 2014 11:31 AM

          I've heard that about the sound level on Tuesday nights there. We've only been on Fridays and it's been fine.

      2. Gastronomos Feb 19, 2014 03:10 PM

        Big Daddy's has an interesting menu... some hits, some misses ...

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          davmar77 Feb 20, 2014 12:38 PM

          they sure aren't what they were in their heyday since they changed hands several years back.

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            coll Feb 22, 2014 06:08 AM

            Thanks for the warning!

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              Gastronomos Feb 22, 2014 12:39 PM

              true, but, you gots better?

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                coll Feb 22, 2014 12:48 PM

                Just discovered it's VERY cheap to hop a flight from MacArthur to NOLA. I am disappointed to hear about new owners for Big Daddys, that used to be our favorite place on all Long Island. But I remember hearing bad rumbles about it years ago, plus nothing good lately, so I believe it.

                1. re: coll
                  Gastronomos Feb 22, 2014 01:17 PM

                  "...plus nothing good lately, so I believe it."

                  come on, coll, that's not like you to say that. there's GOT to be SOMETHING that's good, no? LOL

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                    coll Feb 22, 2014 02:04 PM

                    I haven't been there in...I don't know, maybe 10 years? I always thought of them as the BEST, not just Cajun but of all cuisines, way back when; but I've heard rumblings that something's not quite right, now that I think about it. And this coming from the inside, so I'm finally forced to think about it seriously. Would I drive an hour plus to find out, that's the question. Maybe when I get my tax return ;-) Let's start a separate thread and get some feedback, I say!

                    1. re: coll
                      Gastronomos Mar 16, 2014 05:57 PM

                      <<Let's start a separate thread and get some feedback, I say!>>

                      about Big Daddy's ?

          2. Gastronomos Feb 6, 2014 12:14 PM

            Bellcrest Kosher Deli
            2793 Merrick Rd, Bellmore, NY 11710
            (516) 785-8691

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              linsue Aug 21, 2010 10:24 AM

              Red fish Grill on Woodbury Road (in a small strip mall) near South Oyster Bay Road is nice for fish (great horseradish crusted salmon). Kosher deli . _Regal on the coner of Mannetto Hill and Old Country Road. It is run down but it has god deli and great soup. You can also try Boomy's on South Oyster Bay Road. Italian for casual try La Piazza on old Country near Plainview Road( across from the Regal Deli in the Citibank Shopping Center) or Pasteria on South Oyster Bay Road near Staples.
              Breakfast Just diners- Plainview diner has pretty good waffles and Challah French Toast (located on Old Country Road). Enjoy your visit.

              La Piazza
              1137 Old Country Rd, Plainview, NY 11803

              1. Fred19 Aug 18, 2010 05:11 AM

                For Italian food, I like Pasteria in Plainview, on S. Oyster Bay Road and Manetto Hill Road. It is not fancy, but they have great food.

                There are a couple of nice, and very authentic Chinese restaurants, not to far from where you will be.


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                  Lono37 Aug 17, 2010 09:39 PM

                  La Piazza, corner of Old Country Rd. and Manetto Hil Rd. in Plainview. Very good italian, and reasonable to boot. Our go-to Italian place and we live like 40 minutes away.

                  1. financialdistrictresident Aug 17, 2010 04:13 PM

                    Did you see this thread on Favorite Long Island Restaurants:


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                      Scott_R Aug 17, 2010 02:18 PM

                      For breakfast, try one of these two:

                      Nothing spectacular for kosher style deli, but pretty good choices are
                      Regal Kosher Deli (1110 East Old Country Road Plainview), corner with Manetto Hill Road
                      Boomy's Kosher Deli & Restaurant‎ (437 South Oyster Bay Road, Plainview


                      Italian food isn't my thing so I can't help you there, and I don't know of any really good fish places in your area (that is, I know fish places, but nothing all that special).

                      1. jonathankavner Aug 17, 2010 08:05 AM

                        All American on Merrick Road in Massapequa is an old fashioned burger spot, reminiscent of an original McDonald's.

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                          lawkid Aug 17, 2010 09:09 AM

                          French - Brasserie Cassis, 387 South Oyster Bay Road, Plainview - (516) 653-0090

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                            Scott_R Aug 17, 2010 02:21 PM

                            Unfortunate recent report at Brasserie Cassis:

                            As far as All American goes, I definitely have some fond sentimental memories about the place, but the food is nothing special. I always used to like the fries better than the burgers (which are unexceptional), but I don't know if I'd actually send someone there.

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                              mcf Aug 21, 2010 10:09 AM

                              It's been so disappointing to experience the slide from reliably wonderful to frequently mediocre, sometimes just plain awful, at the Bistro Cassis and Brasserie Cassis. Company culture starts at the top, and these places too often scream "we don't care."

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