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Tasca Convivio Portuguese Restaurant, Mineola

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As many on Long Island know, Mineola has a large Portuguese population. Recently (actually, just when the World Cup started), a new place has opened up on Mineola Blvd., right by Jericho Tpk. I've eaten there a number of times and have always thought highly of the food, service staff, and ambiance. They have excellent octopus dishes, superb grilled calamari, and great Portuguese-centric dishes. It used to be a crummy looking club but has been totally redecorated and has a multi-tiered eating area and a very nice bar featuring 6-7 tap beers (Sagres is one), and very good Portuguese wines. They make a killer Sangria, also. I highly recommend giving it a go...you'll probably end up talking to the head chef/owner before your meal is done. My wife and I always have a fun time and great meal in a very convivial (hence, the name) atmosphere.

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