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Long Island: Private room for 15-20 people around Rocky Point, Shoreham, Wading River, Ridge, Miller Place?

Chris VR Apr 10, 2012 10:28 AM

Grew up in the area, we're all moved away, but we're having a christening in Shoreham in June, and are looking for a restaurant for a nice meal afterwards. Years ago I used the private room upstairs at Sea Basin for a wedding rehearsal dinner, and was thinking that might work... but their website is broken right now and I can't see the current menu/pricing or if it's even open. We need a menu that appeals to diverse, more basic tastes. This is not a gourmet crowd, and needs to offer fairly simple American or Italian food at a decent price point. We'd really prefer a place with a private room, because we'll have 7 children... most of them 5 and under. After the last big family event we had in the area, Deks is off the list because despite confirmations, when we showed up, they weren't expecting us. We don't want to go much further East or West, and are hoping to find a place that meets this criteria.

Caruso's was one place that was mentioned. Any opinons on Caruso's or other suggestions?

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  1. coll RE: Chris VR Apr 10, 2012 09:06 PM

    I was going to say Carusos. If they give you their side room it would be perfect. Their food is impeccable and the service couldn't be more gracious.

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      Chris VR RE: coll Apr 11, 2012 05:05 AM

      Great to know, thanks! There was a review on Yelp that said that Caruso's unceremoniously fired all of its staff in January 2012 so I wasn't sure what to make of that.

      Other offline suggestions are Amici's in Mount Sinai (too far west for us) Blackwell's and Truffles in Wading River, and East WInd, although I'm sure East WInd is going to be too expensive.

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        coll RE: Chris VR Apr 11, 2012 06:20 AM

        How about Phil's across the street from Truffles? Very comfortable there and lots of good down home food. They have a separate room with doors, I've seen groups in there. Truffles I always have the impression that it has a weird crowd that hangs there, not that I've been there to dine.

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          coll RE: Chris VR Apr 11, 2012 06:31 AM

          Funny but I just read the Yelp review, and a month or so before the former employee complained about the younger people being fired, the previous review said how the terrible service was a turn off. I see they didn't fire all the staff, I would be shocked if he let his maitre d go, she is an angel, so I am thinking there was some kind of clique that wasn't happy with their wages (don't have to read between the lines there!) and decided to not give it their all. Both Wayne's places are well known for the impeccable service, aside from the food, sounds like sour grapes to me. I wouldn't let that stop you from considering them for your party.

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            Chris VR RE: coll Apr 11, 2012 08:39 AM

            You pegged exactly what I was thinking. I always take Yelp with a boulder of salt and anything written by a disgruntled ex-employee is dicey. Good point about how the previous review dissed the service. Given your recommendation, I think Caruso's is our best option. Phil's has too many not completely pleasant high school memories attached. Thanks!

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        lkamp RE: Chris VR Apr 12, 2012 03:14 PM

        I haven't been there in a year, but the Cooperage Inn has a varied menu and a separate room. The hosts are very nice and I know they've had many parties with young children in attendance.

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