Something different and interesting (or anything at all) for take out in Centereach/Holbrook etc area? (New Years Eve)
- coll Dec 27, 2012 05:15 AM
We have a doctor appt New Years Eve afternoon on Middle Country Rd, so thought we'd kill two birds with one stone and get our traditional take out for home later on, rather than going out after dark.
Christmas Eve, we just had pizza and sushi locally here near Riverhead (lunch and dinner, not together!), so I was getting ready to default to hubby's favorite, Chinese. We usually hit Tofu in Farmingville after the doctor but wondering if Yao's Diner is still open. (If not, I know it's all my fault, I remember them every time we go to the area but never could find them while driving down Middle Country Rd in the traffic.) And if so, any suggestions on selections?
We have good Turkish here in Riverhead, but maybe we'll just hit Pita House on 112 for old times sake. Love chatting with the owner and it's been years. I feel like there was some kind of really good South American chicken place too, also in the Centereach area: I don't want to go all the way into Patchogue village and get caught in the maze although I know there's some good south of the border there. Just a quick stop somewhere would be to my liking.
We's also done the take out buffet at Whole Foods but that got old fast!
Just curious what those of us that live out here would do. I need inspiration! Hubby would be totally happy with White Castle, and maybe I'll get a bagful for an appetizer for him, but hoping for something a little different for myself.
Oh wow, we used to go there when we lived in the area, up until 10 years ago. I'm going to check if they are still around, thanks, great idea! We also LOVED Ole Restaurant, sort of next door, but not for takeout. A great place to hang and have a cozy Portugese meal. Also divey, but I love that in a bar/restaurant!
I really do want to try Yao's, there were a flurry of reviews here a year ago and then nothing. Very excited to know they're still there.
Thanks for the list, all I ever notice over there is the abundance of chain restaurants. I will definitely be returning with a report; we do like to get a little of this and a little of that for an all night feast (while watching Twilight Zone!) otherwise I don't make it to midnight!
Coll, try Yao's Diner in Centereach. It is the store with the 2' high yellow sign in Chinese and 4" high in English.
The food is VERY Chinese and delicious. I like the lamb dish. Some of the choices were a little to exotic for me such as 'Frog Cooked in Black Pan". It is MUCH different from Hy Ting's usual fare. It is by far, the best and most authentic Chinese food in Suffolk County.
Thanks Fred, when it comes to Chinese I respect your judgement! I have decided on Yao's for sure, the lamb seems like a given, and then maybe the Thai place in Lake Ronkonkoma for some spring roll appetizers, for which my husband has developed a fondness. I was wondering about the frog, my Mom actually used to get that and rabbit in the frozen section at A&P in the 1960s and make them both French style for dinner. Ha; they both tasted like chicken...but with lots more bones. She must have been watching Julia Child while we were at school, I guess. I think for my first time at Yao's, I'll get something else like Kung Pao that my husband will at least recognize! I'm starting to look forward to Monday immensely.
We were wowwed by Yao! Now I know why people seek out places like this. I am glad we are going to be in the area on a regular basis and can stop in again. We were lucky enough to join Motosport and his lovely wife, who helped in our meal choices which was much apprecitated. Not your typical Chinese menu, but not as far off as I thought either.
The Westlake beef soup was light but full of flavor, everyone loved it. Dumpling appetizer seemed homemade, almost airy . Lamb with cumin was everything I was hoping, almost all meat (as were all the dishes) with a burst of flavor; such a relief to not have the giant vegetable fill ins that I am used to here on Long Island. They specially made pork lo mein for my husband, it was not on the menu but done with a smile. Very glad the smoked duck was ordered, better than any BBQ meat I've ever had, just melted in your mouth. And the eggplant dish..well, I love Chinese eggplant but never had one with such a texture. Everything was perfection, I was very impressed.And it wasn't as spicy hot as I was expecting, it was just right.
Glad we didn't get take out, it was totally comfortable eating in and the service was impeccable. Now I see why it was rated one of the top 10 restaurants on Long Island this year!