Food & Drink in East Meadow

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An uber-extensive menu of Italy’s favorite dishes are recreated day after day inside Papa Louie’s Pizzeria. Piles of penne and spaghetti pair with fresh italian bread ready to be dunked into a medley of sauces for their own Rorschach test. Chicken, eggplant, and veal change costumes with a marsala, parmigiana, and francaise dressing. The staff bakes 15 specialty pizzas that come in circles or squares, just like the schoolwork given to kindergartners and the most advanced babies. Heros sandwiches are chockfull of baked eggplant, buffalo chicken, and Nani’s famous meatballs. The catering leg of Papa Louie’s Pizzeria feeds partygoers at myriad celebrations: graduations, birthdays, and surprise spring-cleaning parties.

495 Newbridge Rd
East Meadow,
NY
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Sweet Karma Desserts' Newsday-recognized executive pastry chef Brian Fishman steers a sugary ship of individual desserts, some of which are gluten-free, toward sweet-tooth shores. Desserts come in diverse flavors, such as campfire s’mores, peanut-butter bliss, and banana-cream pie ($4.25 each). Fishman, who studied at The Culinary Institute of America and has entered his creations in several local pastry competitions, infuses each sweet with his artistic sensibility, creating perfectly rounded chocolate domes and lightly dusted tops.

550 E Meadow Ave
East Meadow,
NY
US

Throughout the day, Yummy China Buffet's cooks prepare fresh batches of general tso's chicken, pepper steak, and other classic Chinese entrees to replenish an all-you-care-to-eat buffet. Diners can round out plates with crispy egg rolls and dumplings, and at dinner, pile on helpings of seafood and sushi. Takeout is also available.

398 Merrick Avenue
East Meadow,
NY
US

2575 Hempstead Tpke.
East Meadow,
NY
US

The friendly family behind Borrelli's has preserved its flair for fresh and flavorful Italian fare for more than 55 years. The newly remodeled space features exposed brick and polished floors, swathing prospective diners in a warm domestic embrace before eager eyes scan the extensive menu. The combination appetizer platter lets tastemakers mix a trio of their favorite hit singles, resulting in an edible jukebox of the fried zucchini's commanding croon and the homemade mini meatballs' entrancing polka symphonies ($15.95). The shrimp marinara entree tantalizes tongues with a succulent seafood gondola ride across the stomach canal ($17.95), and the Chicken Borrelli pleases the palate with well-mannered charm ($16.95). Pie pilots can swoop toward the savory pizza margherita ($15 for a 10-inch, $21 for a 14-inch, $23 for a 16-inch) before a safe landing at the spumoni's strawberry helipad ($3.95).

1580 Hempstead Tpke
East Meadow,
NY
US

Zorn's award-winning fried chicken comes in old-fashioned boxes, buckets, and gigantic baskets with homemade fixins and all-time-favorite sides. Pair a half-chicken dinner for one (rotisserie-style $8.49, fried $9.99) with two of sixteen sides such as creamed spinach, macaroni and cheese, or garlic mashed potatoes ($2.39 individual, $4.29 large). Or, high-five Freud with a bucket o' breasts: four plump, juicy pieces of skinless white meat Southern-fried to a deep-golden, crunchy glow ($12.99). For a competitive-eating party, pour 50 barbecued wings from a bucket onto the table and devour a path to glory ($29.95). Click here to see the full menu.

1939 Hempstead Tpke
East Meadow,
NY
US

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