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Best places for family dining

Smokin' Al's on Merrick Road in Massapequa Park

(Credit: Donna Alberico)

After a day out with the kids, they're going to want to eat.

Of course, not just any place will do. First, you'd like to be somewhere near your activities. Then, you want your choice to be a family spot as well as one easy on the wallet. Good food and atmosphere count, too.

This list should guide you beyond the same old pizza and burgers. Who knows? You may discover a few ethnic specialties that even your most finicky young eater will enjoy.

--Compiled by Joan Reminick

  • A father and his son eat at American

    Gonzalo's American Cafe $ | American 5 School St. Glen Cove From mac and cheese to meat loaf to burgers to soups, this cozy little in-town ...

  • Critic rating 2
    Friends Donna Blatz, Linda Skidmore and Anne Hewson

    Batata Cafe $ | Breakfast, American, Lunch, Kids 847 Fort Salonga Rd. Northport If you were seeking a lively breakfast or lunch to munch while taking in an ...

  • Critic rating 2
    Bobbique, a restaurant in downtown Patchogue, serves St.

    Bobbique $$ | Blues and jazz, Kids, Barbecue 70 W. Main St. Patchogue Chef-owner Eric Rivkin has designed this barbecue joint with informality in mind. Order at the ...

  • Critic rating 3

    The Brass Rail $$ | Pub, Burgers, Kids, American 107 Forest Ave. Locust Valley At The Brass Rail, food, mood and prices are all about comfort. ...

  • Critic rating 1.5
    Brownstone Brewing Company. (July 16, 2012)

    Brownstone Brewing Company $$ | Sandwiches, Beer, Lunch, Burgers 200 Portion Rd. Ronkonkoma Beer, burger and a game: For many, that's the route to contentment. At Brownstone Brewing ...

  • Interior of Buoy One restaurant in Riverhead.

    Buoy One $$$ | Seafood 1175 W. Main St. Riverhead Formerly known as One Fish Two Fish, this restaurant is decorated to evoke a tropical ...

  • Butera's mozzarella frita, served with a slice of

    Butera's (Smithtown) $$$ | Pasta, Italian, Pizza, Italian-American 63 E. Main St. Smithtown One of four Butera's located on the Island, this Italian restaurant puts an American lean ...

  • Lunchtime at Butera's Restaurant in Woodbury.

    Butera's (Woodbury) $$ | Kids, Italian, Restaurant 7903 Jericho Tpke. Woodbury The noise level is high at this family-friendly spot with lively Italian fare and a ...

  • California Pizza Kitchen in Huntington Station. (Nov. 23,

    California Pizza Kitchen $$$ | Pasta, Italian-American, Chain restaurants, Pizza 160 Walt Whitman Rd. No. 1074 Huntington Station Although the main menu items at this restaurant are pizzas prepared with eclectic recipes, this ...

  • California Pizza Kitchen in Lake Grove. (April 11,

    California Pizza Kitchen (Lake Grove) $$ | American, Eclectic, Pizza 313 Smith Haven Mall Lake Grove Franchise restaurant and bar serving eclectic pizzas, pasta, salads, tacos and sandwiches. ...

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