Dining in Bay Shore: 5 best bets

Golden Chicken's chaufa de marscos, seen here on Golden Chicken's chaufa de marscos, seen here on Jan. 15, 2013, is a dish of mixed seafood and fried rice. Photo Credit: Doug Young

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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