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Deer Park outlet: need restaurant for lunch nearby

mdill Aug 19, 2011 06:03 AM

Celebrating a birthday with an outing to Deer Park outlet. Need a nice place in the area for lunch for 4,

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    Scott_R Aug 19, 2011 06:37 AM

    I'd go down 231 to Babylon; you're not going to find all that much that's nice near the outlet ('m presuming you mean Tanger). In Babylon you'll find the Argyle Grill, Horace & Sylvia's, and others. It's a 15 minute drive at most.

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      mdill Aug 19, 2011 06:50 AM

      Yes, Tanger. We can go anywhere between there and Merrick on the south shore, but preferably closer to Tanger.

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        Scott_R Aug 19, 2011 07:09 AM

        Well, Babylon's just swimming in places, like aforementioned Argyle and Horace & Sylvia's:
        You can also check out Barrique:
        call for hours--I don't know if they do weekday lunch during the summer (they are open for lunch weekends).

        Lucy's Bistro is, to use a cliche, a hidden gem:

        There's also the Armadillo Grill if you like Southwestern, though I don't have personal experience there:

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          CurlieGlamourGirlie Aug 19, 2011 08:56 AM

          I'm in this area! I agree with the above.

          Lucy's is one of my favorites - their food is really really great.

          Armadillo is a fun Southwestern place with good food, a pretty varied menu and good service.

          Barrique's food is good, but I had a not-so-great experience there in terms of front of the house service. (They are NOT child friendly. Which is fine and I respect that, but that wasn't what I was led to believe on the phone when making my reservation.)

          Don Ricardo's on Montauk Highway is great Mexican.

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            Scott_R Aug 19, 2011 10:33 AM

            I'd never been to Don Ricardo's, but I sent my sister there with her kids (those "kids" being 19 and 21) about two months ago (why DR if I'd never been there? It's complicated). They were very unhappy with the food. My nephew, who's 21 and plays college rugby and, thus, eats ANYTHING, couldn't bring himself to finish his entree, which is a first.

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              ediblover Aug 19, 2011 01:52 PM

              I'm in the middle. Certainly good ambiance (and I liked the service), but the food wasn't special. At the same time, I certainly found it to be acceptable. Two flaws I remember were that the food was under-seasoned (very noticeable with the black bean soup) and the vegetables were lacking (in flavor). The meat, tortilla, salsa, sauces, etc. were all fine.

              Food wise, it's not a place I'd recommend, but overall, it's a good place that I wouldn't mind returning to (and would recommend for someone seeking a more genuine experience).

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      mdill Aug 19, 2011 06:52 AM

      How is the LudlowBistro?

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        ediblover Aug 19, 2011 08:41 AM

        Average. The nearby Indian place is more interesting, but they have execution issues. I live in the area, and the only places I go to are a gyro takeout place and Bellissimo Ristorante. The latter is close to Tanger. It's a homey, Italian-American place; if that fits what you're looking for, it may be worth checking them out. But, don't order the pizza (It wouldn't be bad if their oven was 400+ degrees higher, but since it ain't, it's bad).

        Bellissimo Ristorante
        786 Grand Blvd Ste J, Deer Park, NY 11729

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          mdill Aug 19, 2011 03:11 PM

          Bellissimo closed for lunch

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            ediblover Aug 19, 2011 04:40 PM

            Ah, a weekend engagement? That eliminates a lot of places... Nothing in the area. The only place that even has an appropriate dining area is Papa Joe's, but I'd rate their food as insultingly bad.

            If your party is going there during the weekend, how about just stopping at the farmer's market, picking up items and cooking the star a meal? Good produce, and should be able to assemble a heirloom tomato caprese salad. Protein wise, one table offered fresh clams. Another one had chorizo; same one had a good selection of grass fed beef (very nicely marbled), pork and chicken (Negative is that they were frozen. Flash frozen, which is good, but still not as nice as never.). Usually some wine vendor and even had some olive oil last weekend. Something to think about.

            Papa Joe's
            450 Commack Rd Ste A, Deer Park, NY 11729

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          CurlieGlamourGirlie Aug 19, 2011 08:58 AM

          We went there earlier this year and had a nice time. Everything I had there was delicious and the service was very good. (We used to be plagued by bad service, so that sticks out to me.) The ambiance is nice if that's what you're looking for.

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