Seasons of China is located in the village of Center Moriches, right on Main Street. They are a small restaurant and specialize in take out. I call ahead and the food is ready quickly. They have fresh and delicious fried rice, egg rolls, lo mein, chow mein and many other Chinese specialties. The service is friendly and they are always efficient. The food is very tasty and the location is convenient. I highly recommend them for good Chinese food locally.
PROS: Good fresh food, quick service
CONS: Small restauarant
Bills All American Restaurant is located right on William Floyd Parkway, in the shopping center next door to the library. They offer great American grub that is top notch in quality such as burgers, chicken, fries and outstanding shakes in an incredible variety of flavors. There is a small dining area to dine in and you can take out, call ahead or even have Bills deliver the meal to you. All of their food is outstanding and the owner is great too. They have been around for years and will be for more. They also cater and offer various trays of American food. The prices are also reasonable here and the service is outstanding. I highly recommend Bills for all American food that is terrific!
PROS: Great American food at great prices, deliver
CONS: Closes early sometimes
The Beach Hut is located on Smith Point Beach in Shirley, on the boardwalk. It is a great place to go at the end of spring until the beginning of fall to dine on the boardwalk and listen to outstanding bands and singers, who perform country and rock and jazz. Different nights offer different music specials and items such as lobster bakes and good seafood. The food here is delicious and you can get burgers, chicken and seafood. The prices are a bit high but worth it because you are right on the beach and there is live music. You will see lots of locals here, hanging out and having a good time, as well as people who travel for the fun casual atmosphere. They also have beer and drinks such as pina coladas. I highly recommend the Beach Hut for all ages and tastes.
PROS: Great atmosphere, food, music
Mikes Place Too is located on Mastic Road, near the Mastic Fire Department. It is a small restaurant and bar with a decent selection of burgers, steaks, chicken and pasta. The food is good but not really oustanding in any way. I ordered the baked clams and they tasted average and I got a stomach ache from them later in the evening. I found the french fries to be rather greasy. The atmosphere is okay but rather dark and more like a bar than a restaurant. Everyone in the neighborhood recommends this place and takes their kids here but I was not so impressed and I think it is a rather bar-like place for children. It's a nice place to go for a beer and a nosh but I would not take the family for a meal here. Also, there is very limited parking and it is located by a tough intersection.
PROS: Local, clean
CONS: Food is average, parking is tough
Hip Hop Fashions is a small storefront located on Surrey Circle, off of William Floyd Parkway, behind the car wash. They have hours posted but I have found they are open when they are open - you just have to check it out. The staff is upbeat and friendly and the clothes here are really cool. You can find some of the great brand names for jean and clothes at decent prices without having to ride all the way to the outlets or department stores. They have brands such as JLo, Baby Phat and the other hip hop icons we have grown to know and love for their great music and clothes. They have a variety of sizes and are definitely worth checking out.
PROS: Great styles, name brands, prices decent
CONS: Tricky location, limited hours
Pink Nails is located on southern Deer Park Avenue, in the Village of Babylon, just a block or so north of Main Street. There are so many nail salons in the area, it is difficult to choose. However, you cannot beat Pink Nail when is comes to combined services and prices. They do nail tips, manicures, pedicures and waxing in a clean, pleasant environment. The owner is always there and she makes sure all the customers are treated like royalty. I took my mother in law here, who is a cancer patient, and they treated her with such gentle, patient kindness and did her nails to perfection. To add to this, their dedicated services are provided at decent prices. I highly recommend Pink Nail.
PROS: Great services, outstanding prices, clean
Q Nails is located on Elm Street, right off of Main Street in Huntington Village. The staff is so polite and wants to make you happy. They do nail tips, manicures, pedicures and waxing. I have had all services done here and was pleased with them all. Their nail tips are secure and last. The manicures are beautiful and you can get decals, airbrushing and designs for special occasions. They are very efficient with their waxing and leave nothing behind. Sometimes you will even have more than one attendant working on you when you have requested multiple services. You will definitely feel like a valued customer here. Additionally, it is a clean, lovely environment.
PROS: Clean, efficient, great services
CONS: Parking is always tough in the Village
Shirley Aquarium & Pets is now located in the strip mall on Surrey Circle off of William Floyd Parkway. They used to be on Montauk Highway but moved about five years ago to larger, cleaner facility. Shirley Aquarium & Pets has been around forever and is a great place to buy pets, pet supplies and to just shop around. The staff is so helpful and can tell you how to care for and choose any pet. The fish are taken care of really well and are healthy and reliable. I have bought (and years ago when I was breeding, even sold) fish here and have always been pleased with the quality and lifespan. I highly recommend the reliability of Shirley Aquarium & Pets for your pet needs.
PROS: Clean, knowledgeable staff, great fish
My daughter almost attended St. Jude's Nursery School, which is located right off of Neighborhood Road in Mastic Beach. I was impressed with the instructors, who were pleasant, friendly and warm. I also liked the classroom and the curriculum, which was full of child friendly play and learning. However, I was just a bit concerned because the playground faces the outreach center right off of Neighborhood Road and this particular area of our neighborhood is known to attract some characters I would not want looking at my children. I thought the playground area could have also been larger, so this was the sole reason I chose another preschool that had a more private, larger play area. However, my daughter's friend chose to attend this school and is very happy. The teachers are very nice and the program is fun and Christian based, since the school is located by a Catholic church. Overall, it is a great preschool with a reliable staff - you just need to get past the playground situation!
PROS: Christian, fun curriculum, understanding staff
CONS: Playground faces busy road and outreach center and is rather small
Dr. Lawrence Kaplan is conveniently located on Wellwood Avenue in Lindenhurst Village. He is actually a second generation dentist and our family starting treating with his father. Dr. Larry took over the practice over twenty-five years ago and is not quite as good as his father was, who was truly an outstanding dentist. However, Dr. Kaplan is competent and can get the job done. He is gentle and the office is efficiently run. His work is generic and not stellar in any way but you will get reliable, consistent treatment from him. His personality is rather sarcastic so do not let it put you off. Overall, it is a good local office to go for routine dental care.
PROS: Local, gentle, lots of experience
CONS: Not outstanding in any way