Port Washington Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Port Washington

April 14, 2018 Kiesha Cripe

Port Washington is a hamlet and census-designated place (CDP) in Nassau County, New York on the North Shore of Long Island. As of the United States 2010 Census, the community population was 15,846.
Things to do in Port Washington

1. Salvatore's Coal-Fired Brick Oven Pizza

124 Shore Rd, Port Washington, NY 11050-2205 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Off-Street Parking Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 516-883-8457
Excellent
68%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 131 reviews

Salvatore's Coal-Fired Brick Oven Pizza

Reviewed By lheben - Westchester County, New York

I visited this establishment because a radio host was bragging about it. By coincidence, I happened to be in the area two days later and gave it a try. Outstanding pizza! Being in the New York metro market all my life I know good pizza and this was one of the best I've ever had. It's a thin style crust that's somewhere between a regular slice and a very thin slice. Perfect, just perfect.

Service was slow or I would have given 5 stars. Bring cash though, they don't take credit cards nor do they serve single slices, pies only.

2. Douglas and James

405 Main St, Port Washington, NY 11050-3183 +1 516-708-1706
Excellent
85%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 13 reviews

Reviewed By RDWilson - New York

All the ice cream here is homemade; some are standard flavors, and some are unique creations. All are delicious. I love ice cream, and have sought out many of the lauded ice cream places around the country and overseas. Douglas & James is up there with the best of them, and one of its flavors is the best ice cream I've had anywhere. I go a couple of times a week, minimum.
They shut down for the year at an unpredictable time in the fall, and reopen at an unpredictable time in the spring. When they are open, they don't exactly have regular hours, but on a weekend or warm night, they keep pretty long hours. Tip: cash only, and no ATM in walking distance.

3. DiMaggio's Trattoria

706 Port Washington Blvd, Port Washington, NY 11050-3755 (Formerly DiMaggio's) Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 16 - SGD 47 +1 516-944-6363
Excellent
62%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 97 reviews

DiMaggio's Trattoria

DiMaggio's Trattoria serves Old World traditional dishes in a friendly, casual, atmosphere. We are committed to preparing food with only the finest and freshest ingredients. Open 7 days a week lunch and dinner

Reviewed By trvlfun - Long Island, New York

Although it is one of those places long revered by locals, if you find yourself in the Port Washington, NY area around lunch or dinner time, you should give this restaurant a try.

Their pasta dishes are authentic and the tastes ring true. I am a big fan of the Tortellini en Brodo, the Lasagne della Nonna and the Caesar Salad. In fact, I am not above ordering the salad to bring home when I am expecting luncheon guests; I put it in my own salad bowl to serve and it is so much better than anything I could concoct myself. But I digress; my husband loves the Chicken Scarpariello (a lot), and any dish that includes Italian sausage. Descriptions aside, many of the dishes offered harken back to memories of Grandma and Sunday dinners with the family which, for me, is a good thing.

At the risk of never getting a seat without a long wait, I am happy to recommend this restaurant. We have been going there for a long time and are never disappointed with the food or the service.

Just a couple of notes: reservations cannot be made unless your group is 6 or more and parking can be tricky. There is a lot just a few steps away, but availability for that is varied, so check with the restaurant for time and availability.

4. La Piccola Liguria

47 Shore Rd, Port Washington, NY 11050-2227 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Italian Dinner, Lunch +1 516-767-6490
Excellent
76%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 80 reviews

La Piccola Liguria

Reviewed By Humbletraveler2015 - Mineola, New York

This intimate Italian restaurant is a special destination. The ambiance and service is superb. The specials are something you should seriously consider though everything on the menu is good. Now with the beautifully completed Bay Walk across the street, the view is enticing. The menu is pricey but worth it.

5. Wild Honey on Main

172 Main St, Port Washington, NY 11050-3212 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner +1 516-439-5324
Excellent
73%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 77 reviews

Wild Honey on Main

Reviewed By kkovach - Florida

On a rainy night we visited Wild Honey and were so glad we did! The atmosphere is cosy and warm, the service attentive and the food exceptional. I was visiting my sister in our home town and wish we had a restaurant like Wild Honey in Lakeland Florida! I cannot wait to come back!

6. Diwan

37 Shore Rd, Port Washington, NY 11050-2226 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Indian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner +1 516-439-4200
Excellent
42%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 52 reviews

Diwan

Reviewed By Candice L

I have been coming her for the last year once a month. The food is always amazing. I never thought I would like Indian food but they have such a variety on the buffet that I always find something I like.

7. Louie's Oyster Bar & Grille

395 Main St, Port Washington, NY 11050-3111 Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Bar, Seafood, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks SGD 41 - SGD 66 +1 516-883-4242
Excellent
27%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
23%
Poor
12%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 344 reviews

Louie's Oyster Bar & Grille

One of Long Island's oldest and most colorful restaurants. From its start in 1905, Louis Zwerlein's "Kare Killer" was a most unusual place. One had to get there by boat since it was built on a floating barge anchored out in the bay. One of its side attractions was that it afforded a fine view of the approaching boats from shore. On occasion, a husband sighting his wife on a course for the barge would dive headlong off the far side and strike out for Great Neck. When prohibition killed the Kare Killer in 1916, the business moved to a spot adjacent to the Town Dock, renting boats, selling chowder and other seafood. Another move in the early thirties placed the restaurant in its present location still on the Main Street waterfront. In 1954, it was expanded into an adjoining building that had originally been a blacksmith shop.

Reviewed By SafetyPro-VA - Falls Church, Virginia

Louie's has been a fixture on the North Shore for many years. My wife, who grew up here, was very excited about coming in for dinner. Unfortunately, we were very disappointed.
For starters, the "classic" clam chowder. It was tasty enough, but there was not enough solid stuff in the soup to make it worthwhile.
For an entree, I ordered sea bass served in cabbage rolls. I expected a decent portion of sea bass with a light cabbage roll envelope. The result was poor - thick, glutinous cabbage; small, tasteless pieces of sea bass; set on top of some ramen noodles (10 cents a package at ShopRite!).
For dessert, we decided to share an apple galette. Our "galette" was flat as a pancake, no, flatter; with a thin layer of burnt pastry. To make matters worse, I ordered a cup of tea with dessert - the tea was served first, and then we waited, and waited, and waited, until the dessert finally arrived. We asked the waitress why this hadn't been better coordinated, and received attitude in return.
A update/upgrade here is necessary. Very disappointing.

8. Nikkei of Peru

55 Shore Rd, Port Washington, NY 11050-2227 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout Japanese, Seafood, Sushi, Asian, Peruvian, South American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner +1 516-439-4201
Excellent
58%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 37 reviews

Nikkei of Peru

Reviewed By jonadoc - Port Washington, New York

Among the best sushi on Long Island. Very fresh and inventive rolls. Cooled food is fantastic. Try the sliders or the miso cod appetizer. The Peruvian inspired entrees are delicious as well, especially the shirt ribs and chicken dishes. Great cold sake too.

9. Carlos Pizza

109 Main St, Port Washington, NY 11050-2822 Delivery, Takeout, Seating Italian, Pizza Lunch, Dinner +1 516-944-9754
Excellent
76%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 32 reviews

Carlos Pizza

Reviewed By litraveller31 - long island, ny

We order out pizza and garlic rolls from Carlo's on a frequent basis. There are usually several people eating in, especially when a movie lets out at the theatre across the street. Several tables with seating are available for this purpose, but don't expect any great dining atmosphere at Carlo's. It's bare bones, but the food is good and reasonable priced. That's why we've been loyal customers for many years.

10. Toscanini

179 Main St, Port Washington, NY 11050-3211 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Italian Lunch, Dinner +1 516-944-0755
Excellent
60%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
5%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 54 reviews

Toscanini

Reviewed By flyermontana - Port Washington, New York

I came here tonight with my partner's family for Easter dinner. The ambiance was very traditional and the restaurant was almost empty--surprising since getting a reservation on Easter isn't always easy. We were so pleased with our experience. The service was attentive and knowledgeable. They didn't miss a beat. I was especially impressed that the chef came out to personally greet us at one point. Each of us had very different tastes, and the menu was varied enough to find very healthy dishes as well as more decadent ones. My mother-in-law had a pasta smothered in cheese that was the richest thing imaginable, but my partner had a much healthier broccoli and shrimp pasta dish, and his sister got a huge gorgeous piece of salmon with a mountain of beautiful sautéed spinach. I must mention my favorite thing of the whole dinner: the white bean and cabbage soup I ordered, a surprising, lemony, totally delectable bowl, served very hot. I will be coming back for this! The only weird thing was that they served my father-in-law a Coke in a wine glass with a straw, which was really awkward and strange. A generous bread basket added to the feeling of Italian hospitality. Sound level was quiet and good for conversation. Prices are quite reasonable. I highly recommend Toscanini.

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