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Oct 8, 2012 08:02 AM

Nassau County

At the risk of offending, and sincere aplogies if that is the case, I'd like to go on record and say that among nassau county, the 5 boroughs and westchester county, that nassau county, by a landslide, has the worst dining/eating options. Its mind boggling how terribly mediocre everything is, especially given all the great options that are available in the immediately surrounding areas. I'd like to be proven wrong, so I am begging for help here.
So we are clear, suggestions for places that are poor replica's/facisimiles and/or spinoffs from places that are elsewhere are a non-starter, such as "small-plate" style places, that serve "sliders" and poorly made $14 drinks. I'm looking for a place that is its own entity, that does not care what others think, and has food so good that when you are eating, you are already thinking about the next time you can make it back. A place (or item) that is universally good (like the grandma slice at Umberto's, the fried clams/soft shell crabs/scallop's at Bigelow's), regardless of whether its expensive or not, regadless of whether its been around for 1 year or 50 years. Please no sushi places that have "inventive rolls"; please no generic steakhouses; and please nothing in a strip mall along Old Country Road or whatever road.
Please help!

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  1. There is always Olive Garden!!!! Just kidding.
    How about Mara's Homemade in Syosset?
    We also like Arturo's in Bellerose. Is that Queens?
    Otherwise, no other Nassau suggestions.

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    1. re: Motosport

      I almost hate to respond to the note about Mara's, because I tried it exactly once, which isn't really a good basis for an evaluation. But with that caveat, the meal I had there was pretty bad. And it wasn't a one-shot bad--there were eight of us, and the best the food rose to was mediocre. The brisket I had was like shoe leather, the gator bites had tiny, tiny flakes of meat.. I keep meaning to give it a second chance, since others have spoken well of it, but haven't had the opportunity.

      1. re: Motosport

        "We also like Arturo's in Bellerose. Is that Queens?
        Otherwise, no other Nassau suggestions."


        1. re: Gastronomos

          If it is Queens, it's a matter of inches or feet. Bellerose straddles the line and has both Nassau and Queens businesses and addresses.

          1. re: mcf

            I can't find an Arturo's in Bellerose, just Floral Park (minutes away). They have a 516 area code.


            1. re: Scott_R

              From its location, it's completely understandable that one would mistake it for Bellerose Nassau, which is in the Floral Park school district, for example.

              1. re: mcf

                regardless of current 'borders', is the food worth the trip?
                the website Scott_R supplied shows high prices and photos of food with diner style plating (and plates). not the most appetizing look. but i am willing to travel for good Chow...

                1. re: Gastronomos

                  Those prices are pretty middle of the range for mid range Italian, in my experience, in Suffolk as well. I haven't eaten there, cannot speak to the quality of the food, but I agree with you about the photos.

                  I think it's more old style family Italian, from the 60s. One reason a lot of folks like places like it.

                  1. re: mcf

                    Their gamberini fra diavolo is amazing!! The strolling mandolin minstrel is great fun. Ask him to play "Stairway to heaven"
                    Perfect freshly prepared zabaglione!!!

              2. re: Scott_R

                The food is good, very good.
                Have been eating their since my early 30's I am now almost 60!

        2. Elissa in North Bellmore is a little gem.

          1. Nassau County has a large Indian and Pakistani population and, hence, very good restaurants from the Subcontinent. Three to try: House of Dosas and New Chilli and Curry in Hicksville, Southern Spice in New Hyde Park.

            For extremely non-inventive (and excellent) sushi, get to know the sushi chefs at Yamaguchi in Port Washington, Taka in Westbury.

            Lola in Great Neck and Market Bistro in Jericho are two ambitious and distinctive restaurants that are not pretending to be in Manhattan.

            1. Pollo el Paisa in westbury for its rotiisserie chicken fits your bill.

              1. I agree that Nassau has few really good and interesting restaurants. We really don't eat out locally that much as a result. When we do, I agree with the suggestions made by and large by emarcus. That said, I haven't been to Southern Spice since they moved out from Flushing; New Chili and Curry we like a lot altho we tend to order from the Chinese side rather than the Indian. In my experience, most South Asians do not eat Indian out. They're eating Chinese food as it is usually prepared in India. We also like Yamaguchi. For hamburgers we go to Major's in East Meadow. For Chinese, We like The Orient in Bethpage and Fortune Wheel in Levittown; Both serve good Cantonese that is harder and harder to actually find in Flushing. Waiting for D. Meyer to open Shake Shack in the new Mall in Westbury. For fish, its Arties in Oceanside.That's about all I can think off....its depressing. For interesting food we tend to go to Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan in that order.