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Levittown Area devoid of any decent dining options.

foodieforthought Nov 16, 2011 06:25 AM

While it may be a product of demand or of the economy, I moved to Levittown about 2 years ago and have, unfortunately, yet to find a single decent restaurant in the immediate area that serves food in a moderate-upscale environment that is worth visiting on a regular basis. There are NO restaurants that feel compelled to serve any respectable wines by the glass, etc...

The closest options that I have found (of course using my home as the center of my map):

West-East Bistro: modern Asian-Fusion cuisine with respectable wine program in Hicksville (in a strip mall with a Verizon store and a dentist).

Jake's Steakhouse: a newish run-of-the-mill steakhouse in East Meadow

Snap's Restuarant: a great little local place, but its about 4 miles south in Wantagh off of Sunrise Highway.

Again...Levittown has never been known for it's dining scene, but I find it peculiar that the only restaurant model that seems to work here is "pub-style" mass food (i.e., Miller's Ale House, TGI Fridays, Texas Roadhouse). Anybody else dissatisfied with the choices in this area? Or even better, can anybody recommend somewhere that I may have missed?

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  1. foodieforthought RE: foodieforthought Nov 21, 2011 04:31 PM

    :-) That's exactly what I thought!

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      Cookyman RE: foodieforthought Nov 24, 2011 02:12 PM

      Head up to the North Shore.
      There's plenty of good places in Syosset, Jericho, Woodbury etc.
      Just be prepared to pay the price.

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        jnab121 RE: foodieforthought Nov 30, 2011 10:28 AM

        RUB BBQ recently opened on hempstead tpk in Levittown. I thought it was some of the best BBQ I've had on LI(admittadely against very weak competition)

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          Scott_R RE: jnab121 Nov 30, 2011 12:02 PM

          I was going to reply with RUB, too, but I didn't recall them meeting the OP's "respectable wines by the glass" criterion.

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            mcf RE: Scott_R Dec 1, 2011 08:01 AM

            We went when it opened and were supremely disappointed by everything but the burnt ends.

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              foodieforthought RE: Scott_R Dec 3, 2011 09:01 PM

              Honestly, beggars can't be choosers. I'll give RUB a shot.

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              Cookyman RE: jnab121 Dec 1, 2011 08:08 AM

              Rub is in East Meadow.
              I've heard good and bad about this place.

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              robinsilver RE: foodieforthought Dec 1, 2011 08:33 AM

              Levittown was always a blue collar town, built after World War 2 when the soldiers were coming home and looking for inexpensive housing options. Some things haven't changed, and you are not going to find what you are looking for in Levittown because the location or chef would need word of mouth to get people there, and would most likely only come on a Saturday night, which is not enough to keep an upscale restaurant in business.
              However, one place you may want to look into is Fortune Wheel for dim sum on the weekends. Great assortment, and no need to go to Flushing or NYC.

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                coll RE: robinsilver Dec 2, 2011 01:50 AM

                I've heard great things about Cue Nine.

                http://www.longislandpress.com/2011/0...

                It's not just burgers and fries, as you would expect. The chefs have very good pedigrees. Next time I'm in Levittown, it's first on my list, I just don't get back there much anymore. (Blue collar, I resemble that remark!)

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                lawkid RE: foodieforthought Dec 2, 2011 06:26 AM

                Have you tried South of the Border. Its on Wantagh Avenue about a mile south of Hempstead Tpke. My wife and I ate there last night. It never disappoints. Very beautiful place, good atmosphere, great food. I had the Chimichangos and she had the Camarones Veracruz. Both were tasty and fresh. I'm not sure they do wine by the glass, but the Sangria is a knock-out.

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                South of the Border
                335 Wantagh Ave, Levittown, NY 11756

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                  phantomdoc RE: foodieforthought Dec 13, 2011 09:12 AM

                  You may want to give Elissas a try. North Jerusalem road Just west of Bellmore ROAD (not bellmore Ave. one block west of the Gulf gas station) Technically North Bellmore because it's on the south side of the street.
                  http://www.elisasrestaurant.com/

                  Father owns Villa Carmella. Regular neighborhood Italian. Son went to C.I.A. and opened less than a mile away. Pretty upscale delicious food.

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                    Scott_R RE: phantomdoc Dec 14, 2011 12:03 PM

                    Sigh. It seems that nine out of ten restaurants on LI are Italian.

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                      phantomdoc RE: Scott_R Dec 21, 2011 05:11 PM

                      Villa Carmella is in Levittown. Not a white glove fancy service, but a good down home Italian. Great red sauce, fresh fish, daily specials. Limited $12 wine selection (whole bottle not a glass). It is good food.

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                    chrisonli RE: foodieforthought Dec 22, 2011 08:31 PM

                    Lots of decent Indian/Pakistani food in Hicksville although not so much upscale.

                    Good sushi at Izumi in Bethpage, and excellent French at Sage Bistro in Bellmore.

                    1. Gastronomos RE: foodieforthought Feb 6, 2014 07:50 AM

                      Sabor a Colombia Restaurant & Bar
                      26 Division Ave
                      Levittown, NY 11756
                      Phone number (516) 513-1521

                      1. financialdistrictresident RE: foodieforthought Feb 9, 2014 09:05 AM

                        Why not head to nearby Rockville Center or Garden City? Or the North Shore (already mentioned by Cookyman)?

                        I used to go to Dario's (Northern Italian) when it was on Hempstead Turnpike. Defer to other hounds for recent experiences. The Yelp perspective:

                        http://www.yelp.com/biz/darios-restau...

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                          Scott_R RE: foodieforthought Feb 9, 2014 09:18 AM

                          I haven't been back here since they changed hands, but I'd found them very good:
                          http://www.sufiyasgrill.com/

                          East Meadow, thus Levittown area.

                          1. Fred19 RE: foodieforthought Feb 10, 2014 05:38 AM

                            I like the Fortune Wheel. One of two really 'authentic' Chinese restaurants on LI.

                            Also, nearby in East Meadow is Major's. A really nice steakhouse that you do not have to leave a week's salary to pay the check.

                            ~Fred19

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