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Nov 8, 2013 07:10 PM

thanksgiving in long island

any suggestions on a nice place in long island to go to for thanksgiving that is not expensive. some place hopefully warm and cozy.

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      1. 1. Two years ago we had Thanksgiving dinner at Shandon Court (an Irish-themed bar/restaurant) on Montauk Hwy in East Islip and were very satisfied. It was reasonably priced (about $30 per person) and there were plenty of side dishes included as well as several different entrees besides the traditional turkey. The place was crowded and a bit noisy but the food was very good. But make sure to make your reservations early!

        2. If you're really strapped for cash and don't mind making a trip out east the Royal Oak Diner on Station Road in Bellport has Thanksgiving specials for $17 per person. I can't recommend this place (yet) since I've never been there but most of the online reviews are good.

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          1. re: Gastronomos

            That's in the north shore.
            In the south shore there is Wildfish - Freeport
            and Nicholas James Bistro - Merrick

            more info can be found on here:

            as well as in this Website:


            1. re: Gastronomos

              and if you don't want to drive in the north or on the south, there is The Carltun on East Meadow. They should be doing a Turkey spread this year. I think it's a buffet. 516.542.0700 ext 1

              back on the days of homemade, we had a relative visit us and always bring food from a restaurant that was open in Thanksgiving. Whether mashed potatoes and all the fixin's or something else prepared on a restaurant kitchen, taken to-go and brought to us to share on the feast.

        1. Most hotels that have a buffet style dining room serve Thanksgiving dinner. I once went to one at the Marriot in Hauppage and it was great, lots of choices and very well executed (but they had an excellent kitchen staff at the time, can't say about now). The dining room could be called "warm and cozy", it's decorated sort of upscale, no fireplace though that I recall.

          Oh and the theme of Long Island being a big place, I know lots of people whose tradition is Gurney's in Montauk. Not warm and cozy so much, but a great view of the Atlantic Ocean. But last I heard, a real estate investment firm bought them out with the intention of making improvements and then flipping it, so call before you go!

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