First bite: Jake's in East Meadow

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Firefighters and hazmat check reports of an oxygen

Firefighters and hazmat check reports of an oxygen tank leak at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow. (August 23, 2011) Photo Credit: Steve Pfost

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There's some prime real estate on Hempstead Turnpike in East Meadow: Jake's Steakhouse.

The new restaurant boosts dining out along this busy stretch. The eatery looks good, tastes better. And if there are any concerns about cholesterol, Nassau University Medical Center is across the pike. The original Jake's is in the Bronx.

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Go for the very good porterhouse for two; and an ample, aromatic brodetto di mare, full of shellfish plus a cut of snapper. The steakhouse salad, with seared tenderloin, is a husky starter. And an artfully arranged, modernist spin on strawberry shortcake provides a tasty update on the classic.

The executive chef is Chris Hamaty, formerly of Blackstone Steakhouse in Melville. Jake's Steakhouse, 2172 Hempstead Tpke., East Meadow; 516-222-8400.

Photo: View from Jake's Steakhouse in East Meadow, NUMC.


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