A long-gone Oceanside restaurant has just been reborn. Lawson Pub, which opened during the early 1970s and closed about 15 years ago, got a new lease on life when chef Joseph Bonacore bought and renovated the place. Bonacore (former chef-owner of Sole in Oceanside) had fond memories of the Lawson, where he used to work as a teenager.
Bonacore describes the pub's 21st century identity as a “hip casual neighborhood restaurant.” On his menu: white truffle and asiago potato chips ($6.95), lobster sliders ($11.95), a butternut squash salad ($10.95), a sandwich made with roasted pork butt ($14.95) and an entree of pan-seared branzino ($22.95). For dessert, there is “mini indulgences,” small portions of such sweets as nutella panna cotta, banana lollipops and crème brûlée “spoons,” each $2.95.
Lawson Pub is at 3110 Lawson Blvd., Oceanside, 516-307-8753.