Bay Shore is widely seen as the gateway to Fire Island. But the town's Main Street has its own year-round allure, thanks to a compelling assortment of restaurants within walking distance of one another. Here are five to check out:
At this plush and romantic spot, the menu is geared to health and balance; vegetarians will find more than enough to choose from. Past standouts include Mediterranean spreads, such as hummus and baba ghanoush; sesame-crusted tuna (or tofu) and baked salmon cakes.
Neon lights and techno music define this hip Asian fusion restaurant. Winning choices: the heart-shaped Valentine roll, rock shrimp tempura and miso black cod.
THE PIE AT SALVATORE'S
Beautifully blistered coal-oven pizzas are joined by appetizers, pastas and salads at this popular place affiliated with Salvatore's Coal Oven Pizza in Port Washington.
GALANGA THAI RESTAURANT , 25 W. Main St., Bay Shore, 631-666-6696
A standout chicken-coconut soup as well as a nicely turned out array of curries and stir-fries are the draws at this minimalist-decor Thai.
GOLDEN CHICKEN PERUVIAN CUISINE , 164 E. Main St., Bay Shore, 631-647-8240
While savory rotisserie chicken is the signature item at this little Peruvian spot, the menu goes far beyond. Consider papa ala huancaina, or creamed sliced potatoes; leche de tigre, a lemony shrimp-fish cocktail; and lomo saltado, a lively beef stir-fry.