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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:
Butera's
Sage Bistro
Wild Fig
Woodbury Pizza

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    stuartlafonda Sep 14, 2012 01:50 PM

    So, what happened? Any reports, your opinion is highly valued.

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      freakerdude Sep 14, 2012 02:56 PM

      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.

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        Scott_R Sep 14, 2012 03:34 PM

        Don't get the enchilada de mole negro at Caracara; very disappointing.

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          robinsilver Sep 15, 2012 10:21 AM

          Your list is definitely not what I would have chosen, unless your budget is limited. If you can get to dim sum at The Orient in Bethpage, which is close to Farmingdale, it is great.
          Also, I like Jewel which is the new Tom Schaudel restaurant in Melville.

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            Fred19 Sep 17, 2012 12:32 PM

            I second the Orient. I was there two weeks ago and the food was fantastic.

            ~Fred19

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            freakerdude Sep 17, 2012 10:13 AM

            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.

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              mcf Sep 17, 2012 12:30 PM

              New Chilli is a always packed, but I'd be shocked if any of those sweet folks would frown at you. OTOH, they have so few tables and seats...

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                Scott_R Sep 17, 2012 03:52 PM

                Whoa, just wanted to correct that: I gave a caveat for a single menu item, not the place in general. Glad you enjoyed it.

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                  freakerdude Sep 17, 2012 05:17 PM

                  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"!

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                    mcf Sep 17, 2012 05:47 PM

                    New Chilli and Curry (that's how they spell it, oddly enough) is worth the wait, that's why it's mobbed even in freezing weather with a line out the door. I'd encourage you to keep looking to Hicksville for your food adventures on these trips, generally.

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                      Scott_R Sep 20, 2012 10:19 AM

                      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.

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                        mcf Sep 20, 2012 12:51 PM

                        Yes, LI Best is no barometer of quality in any case I've experienced. Never.

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                          Scott_R Sep 20, 2012 02:16 PM

                          It should be noted: the LI Press Best Of listings are based on Internet voting, not editorial review.

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                            freakerdude Sep 20, 2012 04:20 PM

                            Thanks folks...that is good info to know.

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                stuartlafonda Jul 21, 2012 09:35 AM

                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.

                Enjoy

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                  freakerdude Jul 21, 2012 10:23 AM

                  What a small world it is indeed! Tennessee Jed's sounds right up my alley and perfect for a pre-concert meal. Although the clam bar would be more fitting for Jones Beach Ampitheater. BBQ and Santana/ABB on the water....does it get any better? Thanks stuartlafonda!

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                    mcf Jul 21, 2012 11:09 AM

                    I was there for Santana years ago but IN the water... as it pouring rain, wearing a Hefty bag, but stayed for the whole show. Had better luck with Allmans, who I'd first seen for free on the Miami Convention Hall lawn just as they were getting known.

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                    mcf Jul 21, 2012 11:08 AM

                    Give him a head start and tell FD Jackson Heights, Flushing and Astoria for starters! :-)

                  3. mcf Jul 20, 2012 02:25 PM

                    Head down Woodbury Rd to Hicksville and New Chilli and Curry if you like really excellent Indian and Hakka style food, spicy as you can stand it. Worth a trip from anywhere, even FL.

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                      sbp Jul 20, 2012 04:05 PM

                      In fact, any number of places in Hicksville are interesting. Love New Chili, but also House of Dosa, Bukhara Grill, La Finca (Colombian).

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                        mcf Jul 20, 2012 05:07 PM

                        We like Bukhara Grill, too. I don't go to House of Dosa only because it's vegetarian, but it's a consistent favorite with CHers.

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                          sbp Jul 21, 2012 05:06 AM

                          And I'm not big on a meal with no meat, but most of the dosa's are potato based, and so filling and spicy that I don't mind. Plus the dosa itself is very unique, tasty and crispy.

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                            mcf Jul 21, 2012 07:34 AM

                            I can't eat potatoes and dough. I don't worry about feeling full...

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                      Dyna Jul 20, 2012 12:59 PM

                      I would definitely check out Market Bistro in Jericho for well-conceived farm-to-table fare.

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                        EZ Pass Jul 20, 2012 01:51 PM

                        I second that!

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                          freakerdude Jul 20, 2012 03:59 PM

                          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.

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