At the risk of offending, and sincere aplogies if that is the case, I'd like to go on record and say that among nassau county, the 5 boroughs and westchester county, that nassau county, by a landslide, has the worst dining/eating options. Its mind boggling how terribly mediocre everything is, especially given all the great options that are available in the immediately surrounding areas. I'd like to be proven wrong, so I am begging for help here.
So we are clear, suggestions for places that are poor replica's/facisimiles and/or spinoffs from places that are elsewhere are a non-starter, such as "small-plate" style places, that serve "sliders" and poorly made $14 drinks. I'm looking for a place that is its own entity, that does not care what others think, and has food so good that when you are eating, you are already thinking about the next time you can make it back. A place (or item) that is universally good (like the grandma slice at Umberto's, the fried clams/soft shell crabs/scallop's at Bigelow's), regardless of whether its expensive or not, regadless of whether its been around for 1 year or 50 years. Please no sushi places that have "inventive rolls"; please no generic steakhouses; and please nothing in a strip mall along Old Country Road or whatever road.