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Long Island Restaurant Week: Nassau County Edition!
By: Amanda Ferris - April 22, 2013
“Last week we gave you the run down on eateries of the East End. Today we give you the scoop on Nassau County restaurants!”
Throughout Nassau County
April 28-May 5, 2013
Whether you love to dine on Italian cuisine, delicious French fare, or chow down on home-made American food, during Long Island Restaurant Week, which runs from April 28th to May 5th, 2013, you’ll get a chance to sample delicious entrees and decadent desserts. Plus, with their prixe-fixe menus, your wallet will get a break too! Last week we gave you the run down on eateries of the East End. Today we give you the scoop on Nassau County restaurants!
Telephone: (516) 224-4663
Why You Should Go: Located in Woodbury, this establishment is famous for their Italian cuisine made from only the freshest ingredients. They’re best known for broccoli rabe and sausage eggrolls, baked clams, and chicken scarpriellio, so definitely give those dishes a try! For wine aficionados, they also offer Red and White Wine Sangria that’s made daily in-house, so you can kick back and enjoy a good drink as you leisurely make your way through this sumptuous Italian fare.
Telephone: (516) 594-3404
Why You Should Go: This Rockville-based French restaurant is known for their delicious traditional bistro dinners, which boasts dishes such as coconut shrimp lollipops, bouillabaisse, risotto fritters, and beef bourguignon. Also be sure to try their cocktails, such as the Night in Paris and Aperitif Margarita while you soak up the restaurant’s cozy atmosphere.
Ahyans Mediterranean Restaurant
Telephone: (516) 827-5300
Why You Should Go: Located in Plainview, this Mediterranean-style establishment is hailed for whipping up authentic cuisine. Their style is a fusion between Turkish, Israeli, Greek, and Cypriot foods; with many patrons saying that their kebobs and grilled whole fish dishes are the best on the menu. If you love Mediterranean food, this is one restaurant you have to visit for Restaurant Week ’13!
Telephone: (516) 827-5300
Why You Should Go: This Italian restaurant, located in Westbury, is famous for its comfortable atmosphere. If you decide to go here for Restaurant Week, be sure to sample some of their homemade gnocchi, bucatini con la Sarde alla Siciliana, and their almond crusted branzino! You can’t go wrong with authentic Italian cooking!
Telephone: (516) 484-3001
Why You Should Go: Besito strives to import the spirit and the culture of Mexico in every dish that they make. Built to resemble a private hacienda, indulge in tacos al Besito, salmon manchamentes, and mole pablano while enjoying a nice glass of homemade Sangria or Tequila as you soak up the restaurant’s warm atmosphere.
Telephone: (516) 403-4400
Why You Should Go: Francophiles hail this Roslyn establishment as one of the most authentic French restaurants in Long Island. Their dishes are created of only the finest, high quality ingredients and when you go, be sure to check out their bar Raye au Ratatouille, rigatoni aux Saucisson, and sole Meuniere!
Telephone: (516) 653-0090
Why You Should Go: This Plainview French bistro is well known for their modern take on French cuisine and their ambience, which transports you from Long Island and makes you feel as if you are actually in another country! Try their steak frites if you love meat, or if fish and poultry is more to your palate, their loup de mer au Pernod or their fricassee de Volaille Normande!
Telephone: (516) 992-1742
Why You Should Go: Located in Oceanside, this French bistro is hailed for using only the freshest ingredients in their cooking and their comfortable atmosphere. Be sure to check out their décor as well-big framed mirrors and French paintings delight their eyes of all who come in to dine. Also, diners rave about their hazelnut-crusted Salmon filet, sweet potato gnocchi, and their thin-crust mini pie. While you indulge in delicious French fair, be sure to try one of their Key Lime or Brasserie Persil Signature martinis too!
Caracara Mexican Grill
Telephone: (516) 777-2272
Why You Should Go: This Farmingdale-based Mexican restaurant often has live music on select days in their tequila lounge, so you can listen to some rockin’ tunes while you sample iron skillet tacos, chille relleno, enchiladas suizas, as well as their extensive wine and tequila menu as well! Also, if you enjoy their cooking, Caracara also offers cooking class demos as well, with the next one being held at the Farmingdale Public library at 7Pm on May 1st.
Chadwick’s at the Station
Telephone: (516) 766-7800
Why You Should Go: Using global ingredients, French technique, and trendy American dishes, diners praise Chadwick’s Chef Art Gustafon for his culinary creativity. This Rockville Centre is best known for their filet mignon, pork chop fresco and three nut Ahi tuna, so be sure to sample those dishes the next time you visit!
Chi Dining Lounge
Telephone: (516) 385-3795
Why You Should Go: This Westbury restaurant is famous for being an eclectic mix of Asian, Italian, and New American cuisine. Their vibrant dishes range from Kung Pao calamari, New Zealand lamb chops, and Chilean sea bass. They also have a DJ who plays some killer tunes for patrons to dance to on Wednesday and Saturday nights as well.
CoolFish Grille and Wine Bar
Telephone: (516) 385-3795
Why You Should Go: Located in Syosset, this is the restaurant to go to if you’re a seafood lover. Chef Tom Schaudel whips up delicious dishes such as local Littleneck clams on the ½ shell, marinated hanger steak, and mango BBQ prawns for patrons to enjoy. The restaurant, which was decorated to resemble a seaside villa, also has live music on select days as well.
Telephone: (516) 719-0770
Why You Should Go: This Hicksville bar and lounge is best known for serving authentic North Indian cuisine. Sample their chicken tikka, fresh from the tandoor oven, vegetable hakka noodles and lamb chana chops. Also be sure to try their cocktails: Six-of-Dehli6, Dehli-Vise, and their Curry Mohito.
Telephone: (516) 338-4595
Why You Should Go: Located in Levittown, this steakhouse was named by Zagat as having “the best skirt steak on Earth.” Frank’s Steaks are well-known for only using prime aged center cut meats in their dishes, their extensive wine list, and their penchant for including a rock candy Swizzler in their coffee drinks. When you visit, be sure to try Frank’s petite skirt steak with sautéed onions, roasted half garlic chicken, and their chocolate mocha mousse cake as well!
Telephone: (516) 678-7272
Why You Should Go: This Rockville centre restaurant is hailed for creating an eclectic menu that features steaks, seafood, burgers, and chops. For Long Island Restaurant Week, be sure to try their mustard and pretzel crusted Salmon, zucchini “linguini”, chipotle short rib tacos, and BLT deviled eggs.
Telephone: (516) 379-2222/(516) 678-1290
Why You Should Go: With locations in both Merrick and Rockville Centre, Grillfire is the place to go if you want a casual atmosphere and classic American dishes! When you go, be sure to sample their homemade chicken pot pie, steak and cake, Mahi Mahi, and grilled shrimp skewers!
Hemingway’s American Bar and Grill
Telephone: (516) 781-2700
Why You Should Go: This Wantagh restaurant is located on the original site of Mr. Hess’s clothing store and as a nod to their past, they have a “hunt room” decorated in the style of the 1940s. Known for their American contemporary cuisine, diners can enjoy entrées like chicken portabello, basil marinated grilled shrimp, and rigatoni ala vodka when they visit.
Telephone: (516) 799-5349
Why You Should Go: Located in Massapequa, Hudson’s Mill is considered one of the best places to bring a date, thanks to its friendly and fashionable atmosphere. Some of their dishes include crispy Louisiana crawfish tails, tequila lime Mahi Mahi, chicken cappachosa, and Cajun pasta with penne. Thursday nights Hudson’s also offers live music and entertainment as well.
Telephone: (516) 488-4500
Why You Should Go: This New Hyde Park restaurant has an international reputation, thanks to their delicious homemade Italian food and affordable prices. Check out their veal ragu over pappardelle, broccoli rabe wrap, eggplant parmigiano, and grilled pork chops. If jazz music is your thing, be sure to visit on Thursday nights in order to hear some excellent musicians perform live!
Telephone: (516) 222-8400
Why You Should Go: Located in East Meadow, Jake’s Steakhouse boasts multi-levels in their establishment as well as a beer garden, so you can sample the finiest drafts while you dine. For Long Island Restaurant Week, be sure to try their boneless beef short ribs, crab cakes, and roasted all-natural chicken! They also have Ladies Nights on Thursday evenings after 6pm and will also be hosting their first ever “Gourmet Tastings for a Cure” at Woodlands at the Greens on May 1st as well.
Jameson’s Bar and Grill
Telephone: (516) 326-8300
Why You Should Go: This Floral Park establishment was designed to look like an authentic Irish pub and is chock-full of Irish memorabilia, which includes genuine bag pipes, photographs, and an original Jameson’s Irish whiskey barrel as well. They’re best known for their signature Jameson’s marinated skirt steak, grilled Atlantic salmon, bacon wrapped scallops, and shepherd’s pie, so be sure to try those dishes when you visit for Restaurant Week!
La P’Tite Framboise
Telephone: (516) 767-7164
Why You Should Go: Nestled in the heart of Port Washington, this restaurant transport you to France thanks to the vintage Parisian photographs and artwork that line the walls. While you’re here, sample their filet de bceue, raie alomondine, and tartelette aux pommes as you soak up the French-inspired atmosphere!
La Pace with Chef Michael
Telephone: (516) 671-2970
Why You Should Go: This cozy Glen Cove Italian restaurant brings the flavors of Tuscany, Italy to Long Island and the dining room itself has a charming yet antiquated vibe to it that resembles many of Italy’s villas. When you go, check out their handmade Gnocchi di Ricotta, vitello Milanese, and their bistecca alla griglia—you’ll feel as if you’ve been transported to Italy!
La Strada of Merrick Italian Restaurant
Telephone: (516) 867-5488
Why You Should Go: Despite being located in Merrick, Long Island, La Strada was designed to look like a restaurant you would visit while in Italy itself. Be sure to sample their chicken principessa, veal bruschetta, shrimp scampi, and their wood-fired brick oven pizza if you go for Long Island Restaurant Week!
Telephone: (516) 307-8752
Why You Should Go: With its eclectic atmosphere that combines Italian granite, antique stained glass, and dark wooden tables, Lawson’s Pub is a great place to go if you’re a fan of the contemporary pub style. Chef Joseph Bonacore, who worked at the original Lawson’s back in the ‘70s, is known for fish dishes, which includes pan-roasted branzino with multigrain risotto and spice encrusted tuna with a vegetable wakame slaw. He’s also kept true to the original Lawson’s menu, which includes filet mignon tidbits and the classic burger. Lawson’s Pub also has live music every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday nights at 9PM, so stop by, enjoy a glass of wine and one of Chef Bonacore’s delicious meals!
Lola’s Kitchen and Wine Bar
Telephone: (516) 442-1090
Why You Should Go: Located in Long Beach, kick back and enjoy a slice of rustic flatbread pizza or indulge in entrees like rigatoni Nawlins, maple glazed salmon, or Mediterranean chicken. With its warm interior and cozy wooden furniture, Lola’s is a great spot for a romantic dinner with your significant other or, if you are a woman and want to take advantage of their Ladies’ Night on Thursdays, a fun outing with your gal pals!
Telephone: (516) 446-5666
Why You Should Go: This Great Neck establishment is best known for being the hangout for Argentine writer Adolfo Bioy Casares as well as their many paintings by Hermenegildo Sabat, whose works line the walls and give the restaurant a splash of color. When you visit LOLA, be sure to try the quail stuffed with sweetbreads, rabbit ballotine, and the smoked grilled tenderloin!
Telephone: (516) 624-8330
Why You Should Go: This East Norwich establishment is dedicated to providing a comfortable, airy dining experience. From the subdued lighting to the flowers to the photographs of the owners, you’ll feel as if you’re part of the Caccippio family too! They’re best known for their nuovo Italian dishes, which include rigatoni alla norma, dentice al forno, and arresto di bue. Plus, their Chef Dino Vlaich is always happy to cook up a dish if patrons don’t see what they like! They will also be featuring an event called “A Night in Naples” which features jazz music and a four-course Italian dinner too.
Telephone: (516) 624-8330
Why You Should Go: This Jericho-based restaurant has a long history, which can be traced back to a 1672-era house owned by a woman named Mary Willets. They are best known for their hospitality, graciousness, and the desire to feed weary travelers. Enjoy dishes such as old-fashioned Yankee pot roast, Long Island Roast Duckling, and veal stew while you bask in the ancient history of the Milleridge Inn.
MoCA Asian Bistro
Telephone: (516) 295-8888
Why You Should Go: Located in Hewlett, this Asian bistro is dedicated to providing fine dining that dazzles the senses of the patrons. They are known for creating an eclectic fusion of Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, and Chinese dishes. Try their Thai Coconut Curry Seafood Casserole if seafood tickles your fancy or Mongolian Chicken and Roasted Peking Duck if you love your poultry.
Telephone: (516) 646-6486
Why You Should Go: This Roslyn-based restaurant is best known for its reinterpretation of classic Greek food. Chef Michael Psilakis is hailed for his “Greek Paella” shellfish, spicy lamb sausage, and grilled branzino. They also have a list of affordable wine and beer options to choose from as well.
Nicholas James Bistro
Telephone: (516) 546-4805
Why You Should Go: Located in Merrick, this bistro offers an eclectic prixe-fixed menu for Long Island Restaurant Week 2013. Dishes range from Thai Mussels to Honey and Vanilla glazed Free Range Chicken breast to their very own famous bread pudding. They also pride themselves on providing an upbeat mood and a distinctive food—and judging by their menu; they’ve succeeded in doing just that!
Palm Court Restaurant at The Carltun
Telephone: (516) 542-0700
Why You Should Go: This East Meadow establishment is the perfect place for a romantic first date or a special dinner for couples. Known for their beautiful atmosphere and exceptional cooking, they’ll be serving up Cajun-style rigatoni with chicken and chili flakes, artichoke avocado salad, and flourless chocolate cake. If you want to celebrate a special anniversary or impress a special someone, take them here and take advantage of their prixe-fixe menu for Long Island Restaurant Week!
Rein Restaurant at the Garden City Hotel
Telephone: (516) 877-9385
Why You Should Go: This Garden City establishment is hailed for its chic and elegant atmosphere. The walls of the restaurant are lined with custom artwork and plasma televisions, so you can catch up on your world and business news while you eat. For Restaurant Week, they’ll be whipping up dishes such as pastrami spiced filet mignon, citrus olive oil cake, and seasonal melon and feta salad. They also have live music on Friday and Saturday nights as well.
Telephone: (516) 221-2112
Why You Should Go: This Seaford based restaurant is split in two: one half is a cozy dining room, and the other half is one of the largest bars Long Island has ever seen. While they’re known for their seafood, meat and poultry lovers can dine on Runyon’s pitzettas, chicken Portofino, and pasta Belinda.
Sage Bistro Moderne
Telephone: (516) 584-6804
Why You Should Go: Located in Woodbury, this French restaurant has an elegant yet cozy atmosphere, thanks to the chandeliers, the deep red walls, and the dark tables lining the dining room. For Restaurant Week, they will be serving dishes such as half-roasted duck, pignoli-nut encrusted bronzino, and grilled hanger steak. Also be sure to sample their crepes suzette and apple bread pudding too!
Telephone: (516) 679-8928
Why You Should Go: This Bellmore restaurant is the sister to Sage Bistro Modern and also serves up French cuisine-only this time, with a more casual, almost American twist. Co-owner Onur Oktas is on hand to personally welcome each guest and make them feel at home while they dine on grilled octopus, duck breast, and bistro steak.
Shiro of Japan
Telephone: (516) 351-5327
Why You Should Go: Located in Carle Place, if you love hibachi and sushi, then you simply have to try this restaurant! Shiro of Japan was designed in the tradition of the authentic Japanese hibachi steakhouses, and has a sushi bar along side traditional Tatami rooms. Enjoy hibachi teriyaki chicken, kobe sirloin, and shrimp and vegetable tempura in the closest thing you will find to a traditional hibachi steakhouse in America!
Telephone: (516) 759-1913
Why You Should Go: This Glen Cove Italian restaurant features authentic cuisine from Sorrento, which is were co-owner Francesco Di Maio was born and raised. Dine on penne “grey gooses”, calamari fritta, and battuta di Vitello and sample a taste of Italy unlike the Tuscan and Sicilian-based restaurants, which are so commonplace in New York.
Thom Thom Steak and Seafood
Telephone: (516) 221-8022
Why You Should Go: Located in Wantagh, this restaurant is best known for its eclectic take on seafood and steaks as well as creative mixed drinks. If you’re a fan of casual dining, stop in and sample their Thai curry P.E.I mussels, sushi Maki roll combo, grilled hangar steak, and their delicious chocolate lava cake.
Telephone: (516) 625-2566
Why You Should Go: This Roslyn-based establishment is hailed for their use of working with local farms in order to cook using only the freshest ingredients and seasonal vegetables. For Restaurant Week, sample their grilled Mahi Mahi, homemade cavatelli, and wood-fired double cut pork chops. They also offer live music on Friday and Saturday nights as well.
Telephone: (516) 621-2591
Why You Should Go: This restaurant, which is also located in Roslyn, is known for cooking delicious Italian cuisine in the Roman style instead of the usual Tuscan fare. Dine on their take on traditional dishes such as fettucini Bolognese, bucatini Amatriciana, and braised lamb shank.
Vintage Bar and Grill
Telephone: (516) 621-2591
Why You Should Go: Located in Jericho, Vintage Bar and Grill is known for its take on classic American fare such as burgers, veal chops, and New York sirloin steaks. However, they also mix it up with dishes such as duck tacos, lamb chops with tzatziki sauce, and shrimp casino as well. Also be sure to try their cocktails, which include the “Blue” Agive Margherita, Ruby Red, and Bellini!
West East All Natural Bistro and Wine Bar
Telephone: (516) 939-6618
Why You Should Go: This Hicksville establishment is hailed for their use of grass-fed beef, sustainably grown seafood, and all natural, hormone and antibiotic-free poultry and pork. Check out patron favorites such as chicken pad Thai, Scottish salmon, and “BLT” crostini salad and savor the blend of Eastern and Western recipes!
Check back here later in the week for the final installment of our mini-series, bringing you the participants in Suffolk County!