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Weekend picks: Dining near the RXR tree

Chris Hamaty, head chef at Jake's Steakhouse in

Chris Hamaty, head chef at Jake's Steakhouse in East Meadow, has been working as a chef for more than 25 years and currently resides in Islip. (Sept. 22, 2011) Credit: Nancy Borowick

The RXR Christmas tree is glowing in Uniondale. So, get spruced up. And en route to the annual local landmark, you may enjoy a satisfying meal at these restaurants, which have a taste of good cheer.

Jake's Steakhouse is the newest and brightest light for dining out on Hempstead Turnpike. It beefs up eating out in the neighborhood with a thick, juicy porterhouse for two, shell steak, filet mignon with blue cheese, and short ribs. Also recommended are the wedge salad and applewood-smoked bacon with fingerling potato salad. The kitchen also prepares a fine seafood stew.

Jake's Steakhouse, 2172 Hempstead Tpke., East Meadow; 516-222-8400,  , $$$

Pastrami Plus will brace you for any chill with soups, sandwiches, salads and more. The overstuffed East Meadow combo, for example, is hot pastrami and corned beef with coleslaw and Russian dressing. Sample stuffed cabbage, corned beef and cabbage, pierogies, roast turkey, hot dogs, knishes, and maybe wash them all down with an egg cream or two.

Pastrami Plus, 2568 Hempstead Tpke., East Meadow; 516-644-2644,, $-$$

Mama Theresa's specializes in Italian-American staples. Come for the pasta e fagioli and minestrone; meatball and eggplant Parmigiana hero sandwiches; 10-inch pizzettes, especially the Margherita and the Old World Neapolitan productions; house-made meat or vegetable lasagna; rigatoni marinara. This is a chainlet with branches in Westbury and Garden City Park as well as East Meadow.

Mama Theresa's, 2411 Hempstead Tpke., East Meadow; 516-520-5556,, $-$$