When budgets are a little tighter, the appeal of casual, pubby restaurants grows. Here are three to sample for the informal food and the right price.
Morrison's in Plainview is a friendly eatery, unpretentious and to the point, with some tasty food and the drinks to go with it. Recommended: wedge salad; turkey meatloaf; skillet-roasted chicken; fried chicken; pastrami grilled cheese; grilled chicken club; filet mignon French dip; fish tacos; panko-crusted ribs; vegetable chili. Moderate.
Morrison's, 430 Woodbury Rd., Plainview, 516-932-8460, morrisonsny.com
Southside Bar and Restaurant in Bay Shore is a local mainstay, notable for homey fare and a respectable choice of beverages. Recommended: French dip sliders; Bavarian pretzel with smoked Gouda fondue, kielbasa, and pickles; crisp ranch chicken wrap; buttermilk-fried chicken sandwich; California triple-decker; pot roast. Moderate.
Southside Bar and Restaurant, 5 Third Ave., Bay Shore, 631-665-9596, southsidebayshore.com
The Good Life in Massapequa Park has a style similar to that of a British pub, with a fine selection of brews. Recommended: chicken tikka masala; fish and chips made with cod; root beer-glazed pork ribs with white Cheddar-jalapeno waffle; pulled pork sandwich; turkey melt; cheeseburger with Gruyere, blue cheese fondue, and bacon jam; shepherd's pie with beef. Moderate.
The Good Life, 1039 Park Blvd., Massapequa Park, 516-798-4663, thegoodlifeny.com