The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene.
Floral Park extends into Hempstead, North Hempstead and Queens. There are plenty of appetites. Here are five restaurants to satisfy them.
ARTURO'S , 246-04 Jericho Tpke., 516-352-7418
A reliable mainstay for Italian favorites, friendly Arturo's stands out with courses such as the torta primavera, crepes layered with vegetables, cheeses, and cured meats; eggplant rollatine; minestrone; stracciatella alla Romana; osso buco; chicken scarpariello; and zabaglione for two.
JAMESON'S BAR & GRILL , 157 Tulip Ave., 516-326-8300
Pub fare and well-poured Guinness will bring you to Jameson's. The restaurant's offerings include fish-and-chips made with cod; pot roast with red cabbage; beefy shepherd's pie; chicken potpie; and just enough burgers.
KOENIG'S , 86 S. Tyson Ave., 516-354-2300
Koenig's is one of the last bastions for German food on Long Island. The essentials include wursts with sauerkraut, smoked pork chops, roast loin of pork, roast fresh ham, pot roast, schnitzel a la Holstein, herring in cream sauce, and rollmops.
MARBLE , 230 Jericho Tpke., 516-500-9666
Marble updates the steakhouse theme. Try the lobster bisque, the golden-beet salad with feta, shrimp cocktail, crisp fried oysters, maple-crusted pork chop, grilled sirloin burger, New York strip steak, filet mignon, marinated hanger steak, and the well-made cocktails.
VILLA D'ESTE , 186 Jericho Tpke., 516-354-1355
Villa d'Este has been serving continental standards since men first walked on the moon. It's a refined, traditional, dependable spot. Notable dishes: cannelloni marinara, spinach tortelloni, duckling a l'orange, red snapper Livornese, broiled filet mignon, baked clams, mussels Posillipo.