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anything good in Port Washington/Roslyn area?

scarlet knight Dec 9, 2010 01:20 PM

We live in Essex County , NJ about 30 minutes west of NYC. We want to meet our cousins from the Lake Ronkonkoma area somewhat in the middle, but avoiding the traffic and congestion of NYC.

Can anyone recommend a good restuarant for dinner near Port Washington, Roslyn, etc?

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  1. davmar77 RE: scarlet knight Dec 10, 2010 07:25 AM

    in roslyn-

    besito - very good upscale mexican


    kotobuki - great sushi


    1. mcf RE: scarlet knight Dec 10, 2010 07:31 AM

      Bistro Citron in Roslyn is very good.

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        scarlet knight RE: scarlet knight Dec 12, 2010 02:49 AM

        We booked Bistro Toulouse in Port Washington. Anyone been there?

        Bistro Toulouse
        43 Main St, Port Washington, NY 11050

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          EZ Pass RE: scarlet knight Dec 12, 2010 07:30 AM

          If it's not too late: I've found Chez Noelle in Port much better than Bistro Toulouse. Also better: Wild Honey. If you do go to Toulouse, let us know how it was!

          Wild Honey
          1 E Main St, Oyster Bay, NY 11771

          Chez Noelle
          34 Willowdale Ave, Port Washington, NY 11050

          Bistro Toulouse
          43 Main St, Port Washington, NY 11050

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            toby1355 RE: scarlet knight Dec 19, 2010 07:20 PM

            Bistro Toulouse is French in name only.We ate there about a year ago and were very disappointed. If anything I would call it more like the old "continental" . But solid French it was not. And it wasn't very good to boot. Sorry

            Bistro Toulouse
            43 Main St, Port Washington, NY 11050

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            stuartlafonda RE: scarlet knight Dec 12, 2010 10:41 AM

            It would be easier to meet on Northern Blvd and you have some better choices then Toulouse :
            1. Peter Luger, one of America's great steakhouses with easy reservations and valet parking. The place simply can't be beat.
            2. Limani, a fantastic fish restaurant, huge space, choices and prices. All with a Greek accent.
            3. Il Mulino, not a great favorite of mine, but plenty of others think it is a good as it gets.
            4. Lola ,head two minutes up Lakeville/Middleneck road off Northern to this place run by the chef that owns Hudson Valley Foie Gras. New American, is the style with a lot of Top Chef. Cozy and comfortable and they usually have a $35 prix option.
            5. Bar Frites, the only excellent French Bistro in the area. Also on Northern but further east in Greenvale.
            6. Toku, think small plates and Nobu. Huge variety with many great tasting plates. On Northern in the middle of the Miracle Mile Shopping center in Manhassett.

            Peter Luger
            255 Northern Blvd, Great Neck, NY 11021

            1043 Northern Boulevard, Roslyn, NY 11576

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              RJ Hoff RE: stuartlafonda Dec 15, 2010 02:21 PM

              Harbor Q in Manorhaven(Pt. Washington) for excellent ribs and if your lookin for a half way area look to Bell Blvd. Queens. Almost every type of food is served within that one mile strip. I prefer Uncle Jacks on Bell Blvd to Peter Lugers.

              Peter Luger
              255 Northern Blvd, Great Neck, NY 11021

              Harbor Q
              84 Old Shore Rd, Port Washington, NY 11050

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                stuartlafonda RE: RJ Hoff Dec 15, 2010 04:01 PM

                Bell blvd sucks. No parking and bad restaurants. I agree that Harbor Q is excellent but Uncle Jack's over Peter Luger, that is crazy talk.

                Peter Luger
                255 Northern Blvd, Great Neck, NY 11021

                Harbor Q
                84 Old Shore Rd, Port Washington, NY 11050

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              LloydG RE: scarlet knight Dec 16, 2010 12:23 PM

              I don't know whether you are looking for high-end, hole-in-the-wall, or something in between, but here are a few suggestions.

              Lola in Great Neck is, in my opinion, the best restaurant in the area and you can certainly spend a few hours lingering, which you probably want to do after driving so far. The tasting menu is great, but you can just work your way slowly through small plates or tapas (Tuesdays and Sundays).

              Besito in Roslyn is very good, upscale Mexican.

              Diwan in Port Washington serves very good Indian food.

              There is a Thai restaurant on Main St. in Port Washington that is very good, but no atmosphere. You could also hit Sripraphai in Williston Park for exceptional Thai food, but again not much atmosphere.

              Lugers is, well, Lugers. Best steak around.

              Let us know if you have a specific craving and maybe there are better suggestions.


              402 New York Avenue, Huntington Village, NY 11743

              280 Hillside Ave, Williston Park, NY 11596

              Main St Cafe
              6 N Main St, New City, NY 10956

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                scarlet knight RE: LloydG Jan 13, 2012 11:17 PM

                We went to Bistro Toulouse last year and we liked it very much. This year we are gong to try Wild Honey.

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                  pwrube RE: scarlet knight Jan 18, 2012 12:41 PM

                  Wild Honey is deelish. Have been there several times. Recently also went to the restauarant that replaced Bistro Toulouse....Bistro Etcetera. Two great appetizers and two good entrees. Nice space and service. And if you haven't tried La Piccola Liguria, add that to your list. In Roslyn, like MP Taverna alot, but very noisy.

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                kbanks RE: scarlet knight Jan 14, 2012 10:21 PM

                Ugh, frankly, I don't understand the hype about Limani. Overcrowded, noisy, overpriced, and full of pretentious people. Half my mussels weren't open -- I hate when restaurants do that -- the plates are pretty but my Greek salad was, eh, not much different from what I make at home. Besito is excellent, Peter Lugers an old standby, Cafe Citron and MP Taverna are all excellent.

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                  scarlet knight RE: kbanks Jan 17, 2012 03:08 PM

                  we liked Cafe Citron. Where is MP Taverna?

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                    mcf RE: scarlet knight Jan 17, 2012 04:29 PM

                    It's Bistro Citron, for anyone else looking for it. :-)

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                      kbanks RE: scarlet knight Jan 17, 2012 04:58 PM

                      I stand corrected: it's Bistro Citron. (By the way, the same people own La P'tite Framboise, in Port Washington on Main Street, in case you're in the neighborhood..) MP Taverna is on Old Northern Blvd. (just like Bistro Citron), but, a bit past the Roslyn movie theater on the opposite side of the street. We walked in around 5:30 one day without a problem but I understand you generally need reservations.

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