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Restaurants near the RexCorp Christmas tree

12/06/08--UNIONDALE, NY-- People walk by as the traditional

12/06/08--UNIONDALE, NY-- People walk by as the traditional lighting of Long Island's Christmas tree is seen after the RexCorp Plaza holiday season celebration in Uniondale on Saturday, December 06, 2008. (Newsday/ Ana P. Gutierrez) Photo Credit: Newsday/Ana P. Gutierrez

A handful of restaurants worth eating at near the RexCorp Christmas Tree and ice skating rink in East Meadow:

BORRELLI'S: 1580 Hempstead Tpke., East Meadow, 516-794-0190, borrellisrestaurant.com 

COST: $-$$

This veteran, well-worn eatery is kid-friendly. It's also popular for pizzas, pastas, salads, soups, hero sandwiches and assorted Parmigianas.

MAMA THERESA'S: 2411-A Hempstead Tpke., East Meadow, 516-520-5556, mamatheresas.com

 COST: $-$$

Whole pizzas and pizza-by-the-slice are the staples. But you do just as well with the calzones, plenty of homey pastas and a full range of Parmigianas.

PASTRAMI PLUS: 2568 Hempstead Tpke., East Meadow, 516-644-2644, pastramiplus.com

COST: $-$$

The area's deli central. A destination for hot dogs and knockwurst, potato pierogi, hefty sandwiches, stuffed cabbage, soups. There's a menu for children, too.

PUGLIA OF LITTLE ITALY: 2366 Hempstead Tpke., East Meadow, 516-513-1354, pugliaoflittleitaly.com

COST: $$-$$$

Very good eatery with its roots in Manhattan's Little Italy. Try rice balls, pasta e fagioli, eggplant rollatine and, on Sunday, the bracing ragu.

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