Working behind his traditional, glass-front sushi bar, Chef Sho makes believers out of discriminating palates by forging an alluring Japanese menu of delicately fried delights and richly flavored fish straight from the sea. Warm, exotic appetizers such as broiled squid fire gustatory starting pistols before diners delve into heartier entrees from the kitchen, including beef marinated in teriyaki sauce, pork sautéed in ginger sauce, and vegetable tempura.
Ranked first of 177 Zagat rated sushi restaurants, Takara Japanese Restaurant’s sushi bar showcases Sho’s knack for marrying unique flavors, as tasted in the Love lobster roll, whose spicy mayo adds a tangy zest to sweet crustacean flavors. Rather than swallowing a television remote, diners can mute growling stomachs with the Oz roll’s blend of tuna and buttery avocado sliced with laser-like precision. Takara Japanese Restaurant offers catering for private and holiday events, please contact for more information.
Lauded by the New York Times, Butterfields Restaurant deftly pairs an upscale menu of New American cuisine with an opulent, chandeliered ambience. Let personal taste or a divining rod guide the choice among three lettuce, tomato, and onion-laden gourmet burgers, each flanked by a 12-ounce soda (a $2 value) and a retinue of adoring fries. The Parkside ($7.95) Burger presents a magnificent 10 ounces of Angus sirloin nestled in a toasted brioche, while The Butterfield Burger (an $8.95 value) adds to that embrace a guard of smoked bacon, cheddar, and frizzled onions. The Butterfield Bull Burger’s (an $8.95 value) tiers of smoked bacon and cheddar support a fried egg ripe for incisor yolk-goring.
For more than 50 years, Albert's Pizza's chefs have been prepping pies a little differently: they layer the cheese beneath the sauce, where it melts and merges with the crust. That crust is housemade each day, forming entire pies as well as square slices for purchase. You can customize your pizza or go with a gourmet option, many of which come with toppings that evoke Italian dishes. For example, there's a baked-ziti pizza, a fettucine-alfredo pizza, and a lasagna pizza along with classic meat lovers' and hawaiian variants.
The menu also features sandwiches, calzones, pasta dinners, and sliders, small versions of sandwiches served in 3- or 6-packs. None of Albert's extra food in the kitchen goes to waste—the staff donates the surplus to Island Harvest, an organization dedicated to hunger-relief efforts throughout Long Island.
Singas Pizza's chefs calm restless appetites by singing sauce-speckled lullabies from a menu of pizzas, pillowy pastas, sandwiches, wings, and burgers. Tuck teeth into 360 degrees of gustatory bliss with one of Singas's 10-inch pies, crowned with toppings that range from traditional pepperoni or sausage ($5.99) to less-orthodox accents including breaded eggplant ($6.99), buffalo chicken ($6.99), and anti-cheese. Singas's heaping bowls of spaghetti come in seven varieties ($5.49+), warming stomachs with a swirling array of old-world flavors with toppings including sweet italian sausage, creamy garlic sauce, and mushrooms. Palates pining for bread-ensconced eats can opt for a hot pastrami sandwich ($6.49), which smuggles sizzling meat, onions, and green peppers under a veil of melted provolone cheese.
Though Bud's Ale House lives up to its name—its locations boast up to 80 beer taps, more than 16 bottled varieties, and up to 60 televisions—this versatile eatery has something for everyone. As tasty brews pour from taps, including a daily special of $2 Bud and Bud Light drafts, bartenders deftly mix up top-shelf margaritas, colorful martinis, and classic cocktails. These adult libations wash down a hearty menu that spans the entire spectrum of American cuisine: habanero barbecue wings, steamed local clams, and meaty burgers are served up daily alongside gooey quesadillas and German-style bratwurst. Bud's desserts threaten to steal the spotlight, capping feasts with deep-fried Oreos and tangy key lime pie.
The chefs at Lo Piccolo's Pizzeria and Restaurant specialize in thin and crispy New York–style pies, but they make a mean Chicago-style deep dish and thick Sicilian pizza as well. Specialty pies hold a variety of fresh toppings that range from the classic napolitano spread to a crust crowned with breaded chicken cutlets, bacon, cheddar, mozzarella, and ranch dressing. The menu offers other Italian specialties, too, including veal parmesan and pasta doused in marinara, vodka sauce, or Nickelodeon slime.