Dining in East Meadow: 5 picks

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East Meadow's Pastrami Plus offers homemade knish. East Meadow's Pastrami Plus offers homemade knish. Photo Credit: Donna Alberico

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The East Meadow restaurant scene is a sprawling one, with the majority of dining spots spread out along Hempstead Turnpike, a few scattered elsewhere.

Even so, it’s worth getting into your car to explore the range of cuisines the area offers. Here are five places you may want to try.

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SACRAMONE’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT, 2366 Hempstead Tpke., East Meadow, 516-513-1919

At this quality family-owned pizzeria-ristorante, matriarch Maddalena Sacramone spends a day in East Meadow with her sons making pasta. Her fresh gnocchi in a tomato ragu is a standout. Other winning dishes include the restaurant’s light and briny linguine with white clam sauce, San Gennaro-style sausage and peppers and the “old-fashioned” coal oven pie topped with fresh mozzarella, basil and crushed San Marzano tomatoes.

JAKE’S STEAKHOUSE, 2172 Hempstead Tpke., East Meadow; 516-222-8400

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Jake’s is a local magnet for carnivores. Worth seeking out: the thick, juicy porterhouse for two, shell steak, filet mignon with blue cheese, and short ribs. The kitchen also prepares a fine seafood stew. New is a Sunday to Friday three-course $24.95 price-fixed option. In warm weather, there’s patio dining. $$-$$$

SABROSO, 224 East Meadow Ave., East Meadow, 516-307-1750

While the amenities are few at this Dominican spot (you may have to go through the kitchen to use the restroom), the quality of the food compensates. Standouts include a first-rate Cuban sandwich, crisp, flaky empanadas and savory chicken stew mofongo, a dish made with mashed fried plantains mixed with boneless chicken and served with gravy. Finish with the creamy, opulent flan.

LA NOVELLA, 364 East Meadow Ave., East Meadow, 516-794-6248

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Vibrant Italian food is the draw at La Novella, an inviting and consistent restaurant. Among recommendations: grilled calamari and shrimp, eggplant rollatine, gnocchi with Gorgonzola, penne with ricotta, tomato and eggplant and a stuffed pork chop. For dessert: cannoli. A $17.95 early bird dinner is an added attraction. $$-$$$

PASTRAMI PLUS, 2568 Hempstead Tpke., East Meadow, 516-644-2644

In small, simple digs, deli man Sal Gawish produces an exemplary pastrami — warm, peppery and rimmed with a frill of fat. His house-made knishes are tall, flaky onion-enriched. You can even one with pastrami folded into the potato filling. Or with a hot dog stuffed inside. Gawish’s repertoire includes all the deli classics: matzo ball soup, stuffed cabbage, corned beef and brisket.

 

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