recs requested for Woodbury, Long Island please
- freakerdude Jul 20, 2012 09:57 AM
I was in Woodbury last week but am headed back from south Florida for another week. Are there any places that I should not miss for lunch or dinner? I am willing to drive 15 miles if anything is worthy. Any type of cuisines are open. Thanks!
Places I have tried on my last visit:
Ben's Kosher Deli - excellent kosher deli
Rare 650 Steak - steak wasn't the best like I expected but everything else was top notch
Major's Steakhouse - average steakhouse fare
Laguna Grille - decent Cuban/mex
Anthony's Coal Fired - one of my favorite south Florida coal fired pizza joints
Cafe Testarossa - a pretty good horseradish crusted grouper and lobster polenta with spinach
On the list:
Oh yes, this place looks like it is something to be excited about. I will definitely hit this one up and the menu and interior look great. The Indian rec below is one I will have to try as well.
I also will be going to Jones Beach Ampitheater Tuesday and would like a rec for Wantagh if possible, Any place where I can drop in causal for dinner would be fine.This biz trip is looking better already! Thanks.
freakerdude! welcome to Long Island. For many years now have I enjoyed your Florida posts. I will also be at Santana/Allman Brothers on Tuesday and my plan is to check out a new concession they have, Butler's Flat Clam Bar. I have been to the restaurant in Port Washington and it was good. I attached a link. With a nice view of the water and open air setting, clam shack food sounds about right. Now if that is not right I have two ther possibilities for you. Q. I know you are the man in South Florida when it comes to Q so I though I might suggest Tennessee Jed. The food is good, and has gotten better with new owners, though not Troy's/Tom Jenkin's good. It is on Merrick Road steps from the Wantagh, so while I might not suggest it otherwise, with your interest in Q and the location........... Also, Little Mexico is on Post Ave just one exit west of the Wantagh. Good solid authentic Mexican food. The suggestion above about New Chili and Curry is spot on, a great little place. Most of the good places to eat are off the Meadowbrook, not much off the Wantagh
Please FD, get to Queens. It is Chowhound Heaven.
My trip was cancelled and had to sell my ABB ticket on stubhub. BUT, I am here now just for today through Sunday evening. I am staying in Farmingdale this time but did eat lunch at Market Bistro in Jericho today. What a great place that is just from a lunch perspective. Cool interior and a great dry aged ribeye/kobe brisket/short rib burger. The sign on the highway is misleading since you think it is in Whole Foods plaza but it is not.
I also stopped into Gerorgio's Coffee Roaster in Farmingdale and that guy knows his coffee! I thought I knew a bit but this guy is very knowledgeable and very friendly.He is a true coffee guru. I hope to be back to Market Bistro for dinner and hope to hit New Chili as well. Caracara Mexican in Farmingdale looks good so I might give it a try since it is close.
Market Bistro - I like this place just from the atmosphere inside. I ate at the awesome looking bar. I had an excellent parmesan crusted cod over risotto with cockles and calamari in seafood broth. This was the best cod dish I have had, but then again I very rarely eat cod. Living in SoFla has it's advantages for fresh seafood. The menu is mainly American and I wished we had something like this in south Florida.
Dessert was most excellent with a flourless chocolate cake, homemade whipped cream, and even better was the homemade salted carmel ice cream. A gallon of that ice cream + me at home = danger! Great service and great atmosphere here. Thanks to the poster who rec'd it.
Caracara Mexican Grille - I had decided not to go after Scott's post but it's close proximity changed my mind. It has a cool interior which is very dark with warm redish orange lighting inside. This is not your typical cheesy beany Ameri-mex food. The menu has authentic mex dishes that have not been Americanized. Chips and 2 salsas were good, especially the green tomatillo. The darker red chili roasted salsa was a bit bitter but that is how it is supposed to be. The camarones tamale app was the best tamale I have had. 3 grilled shrimp served on an open fresh corn husked tamale with a killer chipotle cream sauce. Get this if you go.
One special was Chiles en Nogada - 2 stuffed poblanos of a spiced beef, pork, raisins, apple, and almonds mix spiced with cinnamon, cloves, cumin served with a walnut cream sauce. I've waited many years to try this again and it was very good but not the best. If it would have been served warmer, it would have had much more flavor.
Caracara was slammed packed Saturday night and my server was very busy. The manager came over and asked If I needed anything while waiting for my entree, which took over 30 minutes after I finished my appetizer. I was in no hurry though and It seemed he knew I had a long wait. The server didn't check back on me for a long time after I got my entree and he apologized. He didn't charge me for my double espresso and brought out a complimentary digestif, but I don't drink alcohol.
New Chili was too packed Friday night and the male host frowned when I said "party of one". So I headed to Market Bistro.
Let me clarify Scott...I had my eye on the enchiladas de mole before your post. And that is why I decided (after reading it) to go elsewhere. The good thing is I understand everyone has different tastes, so I decided to go anyway and try something else. I've had bad moles and very good moles and nothing really in between. It turned out to be some of the best mex I have had in quite some time. They got 2nd best mex resto on the island in the LI Press from what I saw.
One correction: the cod at Market Bistro was served over cous cous and not risotto.
New chili - and I did not want to wait at 8pm on a Friday night
"It's all good"!
To clarify further: I've had very good things there. The mole--and maybe it was an off-day (especially as it was lunch, since restaurants often don't have their top talent there for lunch)--was very one-note, that being bitter.
I actually prefer bitter over sweet, but that was *all* I got from the mole that day. The mole I've had at Little Mexico in Westbury has been much better, with a wonderful complexity.
Don't get me started on the LI Press "Best of"; the listings are ridiculous past the point of useless. You can find postings by me and quite a few others about that here on Chow. Don Ricardo’s was #3 on that list, and the one time I went there was one of the worst meals I've ever had. My nephew, who'll eat virtually anything, left most of his meal on the plate.