Should have done this ages ago. I do all the cooking at home and thus am very critical when we eat out ( on the average of 2-3 times a week). I'd rather eat well when out or not at all. I have come to look for what I call "honest food", food that looks and tastes like someone in the kitchen really cares about their cooking. That being said I have several places to recommend or at least suggest.
The first place is C.P. Michael's Cafe & Grill. It is located at 41 Covert Ave., Floral Park (516-775-9004). The chef previously worked at several Manhattan places and it shows. There is a standard menu and a list of specials. We have ordered from both. We have had the hamburger platter and the cassoleut (sp?). Last week we had the "flat-iron" steak only to see it written up in the Weds. Times the next week. In the warmer weather he has an herb garden out back. Again, the food is just plain HONEST AND GOOD!
The second place is Churrasquiera-Taste of Portugal, 503b Newbridge Road, E. Meadow (516-409-1965). This is a Mom & Pop operation. While it is somewhat bare bones in its decor it is anything but in its food. For us the highlite is the Whole Barbequed Chicken for a whopping $10.95. It is a smallish bird that come crisp and juicy. It also comes with fresh FF's (the real deal), fresh hot 'potato' chips (the best) and grilled veggies (these are always the same--carrots/green beans). We've also had the mussels, the clams and chorizo and pork (good), grilled salmon,and grilled pork chops. Again, the food is prep'ed by a cook that cares... You leave knowing that you haven't been ripped off and most often with a doggybag.
So, Go and enjoy