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Restaurant Row: Port Washington

A server sprinkles Parmesan cheese over Isabelle DeOliveira's

A server sprinkles Parmesan cheese over Isabelle DeOliveira's linguine frutta di mare at Toscanini in Port Washington. The dish features homemade linguine sauteed in a light tomato sauce with clams. (Feb. 27, 2010) Credit: Photo by Jesse Newman

Port Washington is loaded with restaurants, on and off Main Street. The establishments create a diverse and diner-friendly community. The focus here is mainly Main Street.

395 Main St., 516-883-4242,

Food: 1 1/2 stars
Cost:  $$-$$$

Famous since 1905," Louie's is the strip's primary fish house. It anchors the west end. Traditional and popular, it has improved in recent years. Recommended: the raw bar, the lobster bake, steamed lobster, fish-and-chips made with scrod, New England clam chowder. For dissenters, there's Southern-fried chicken.

294 Main St., 516-767-7164,

Food: 2 stars
Cost: $$-$$$

This dependable French spot is part of the group that includes Bistro Cassis in Huntington and Brasserie Cassis in Plainview. Looks good, tastes better. Recommended: frisee salad, onion soup, steak au poivre, sole meunière, and daily specials that include duck a l'orange, cassoulet, coq au vin and beef bourguignonne.

46 Main St., 516-883-3368

Food: 2 stars
Cost: $-$$

This mainstay-of-Main Street Chinese restaurant fittingly stands out with a Shanghai classic: soup dumplings. They're filled with either pork or crab and pork, and savory broth. Also recommended: turnip cakes, crisp sea bass, tangerine chicken, casseroles.

24B Main St., 516-883-3940,

Food: 1 star
Cost: $-$$

A modest, friendly eatery that covers all the familiar Thai dishes, Thanee Thai adds some spark to this restaurant row. Recommended: curry puffs with chicken and potatoes; Thai basil-seasoned pork; Thai spring rolls; tom kha, the soup boosted by coconut milk, galangal and lemongrass broth; steamed dumplings.

179 Main St., 516-944-0755,

Food: 1 star
Cost: $$

The maestro of Main Street Italian restaurants, Toscanini is an amiable, reliable, unpretentious place. Very good service, too. Recommended: stuffed artichoke, polenta with mushroom sauce, white bean-and-cabbage soup, spaghetti with meatballs, beef-sausage-and-cheese lasagna, fusilli with salmon Livornese, salads.


172 Main St. Port Washington 516-439-5324,

Food: 2 stars

Cost: $$$

The flavor-packed restaurant fills the baguette-shaped storefront recently occupied by Bistro du Village with savory, wide-ranging and very good cooking. The theme is regional American, but there are high notes from elsewhere, too.

63 Main St., 516-883-3500

Food: 2 stars
Cost: $-$$

Yamaguchi is on the north side, opposite the railroad station. The Japanese restaurant doesn't go in for too much in the decor department. But the food is dependable. Recommended: sushi and sashimi, udon and soba noodles, vegetable tempura, yakitori, fried oysters and gyoza, or fried dumplings.

Port Washington visitors can also enjoy these eateries, among others:

AYHAN'S SHISH KEBAB: 283 Main St., 516-883-9309, Cost: $-$$. This is where the Mediterranean-style empire began.

CHEZ NOELLE: 34 Willowdale Ave., 516-883-3191, Cost: $$-$$$. Veteran French restaurant, with New American, Italian additions.

MONTEBELLO: 14 Haven Ave., 516-767-7828, Cost: $-$$. Italian-American specialties, family-style.

LA PARMA ON THE BAY: 415 Main St., 516-439-4960, Cost: $-$$. The latest opening for the chainlet of family-style Italian eateries.

SALVATORE'S: 124 Shore Rd., 516-883-8457, Cost: $-$$. Very good, old-fashioned pizza; tasty baked pastas, too.

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