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:
TULA KITCHEN, 41 E. Main St., 631-539-7183
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.
AJI 53, 53 E. Main St., 631-591-3107
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, 120 E. Main St., Bay Shore, 631-206-1060
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.