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Long Island Chowhounds: What gives?

SriPraPhai Restaurant, the Thai institution in Woodside, Queens

SriPraPhai Restaurant, the Thai institution in Woodside, Queens that has just opened a branch in Williston Park. (Nov. 14, 2009) Photo Credit: Kirsten Luce

On Thursday Jan. 28, Chowhound reconfigured its message boards. First, a little background: is a Web site for food enthusiasts; its message boards are informal forums where posters can seek and offer advice about dining and cooking. The Long Island dining scene used to be discussed on the “Tristate” board, which also dealt with Westchester, Northern New Jersey and Southern Connecticut—the suburbs that surround New York City. Now Long Island resides on the “New York State” board. Friends, we’ve been making a very poor showing.

Of more than 50 threads added to since the switch on Thursday, exactly four—“All you can drink brunches in Long Island,” “Authentic barbecue on Long Island,” “Greek Food in Suffolk County” and “Candy stores on LI”—pertain to Long Island. Meanwhile, you can read animated discussions of specific restaurants in Pelham, Mount Kisco, Saratoga Springs, Malta (?), White Plains, Albany, Poughkeepsie, Briarcliff, Mamaroneck, Sleepy Hollow, Lake Placid, Scarsdale, Yonkers and Buffalo, to name just a few.

I find it hard to believe that Long Islanders are historically less aware of Chowhound than, say, Westchesterites; the site’s co-founder, Jim Leff, grew up in Huntington Station and over the years, he has been a big champion of the Long Island dining scene.

Are Long Island restaurants somehow less “chow-worthy” than others in the state? Do Long Islanders care less about dining out? Or are they just less inclined to engage in discussions thereabout?

Sripraphai in Williston Park, one of the few Long Island restaurants to generate a lot of discussion on Chowhound. Photo by Kirsten Luce.

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