Lands End is located in Sands Point, NY on the northernmost tip of the Cow Neck Peninsula on the North Shore of Long Island in Nassau County, New York and only 25 miles from Manhattan’s city center. It’s a private, close-knit community that truly is a commuter’s dream. Sands Point, NY is also very close to great shopping and wonderful hidden and undiscovered restaurants in Port Washington, New York. Both Sands Point and Port Washington border Manhasset Bay, Hempstead Bay and Long Island Sound. But before some of you readers get upset that the Lands End Blog has exposed your best kept foodie secrets, it’s more than likely that our the picks in our top five are already known by a select group of Long Islanders. Below is a sampling of our top five best-kept secret restaurants in Long Island to discover or rediscover right now!
34 Willowdale Ave, Port Washington, NY 11050
Located off the beaten path on Port Washington Blvd, Chez Noelle has a reputation as a hidden jewel and is known on Long Island as one of the best French Restaurants. As for the menu, the classic French cuisine has a modern twist. And the restaurant is great for romantic dinners, as well as, birthday and anniversary parties. The ambience is relaxed and warm with a lovely wine list.
706 Port Washington Boulevard, Port Washington, NY 11050
Known as another hidden gem, DiMaggio’s Trattoria (formerly known as DiMaggio’s) is a wonderful Italian restaurant you must visit. The homemade pizza and pasta dishes are excellent, as good as any Italian restaurant in Manhattan. And if you have any food allergies, no worries! DiMaggio’s Trattoria makes everything made to order and will find a way to prepare an entrée to suit your needs and specifications. You will be back again and again.
84 Old Shore Rd., Port Washington, NY 11050
This is a very good local BBQ restaurant in Port Washington. Hard to believe? Well, believe it. With it secret rubs and sauces, you can't go wrong with their wings, ribs or pork sandwiches. Another staple is there creamy, homemade Mac and Cheese. Harbor Q is very kid friendly with a fun atmosphere.
43 Main St, Port Washington, NY 11050
Bistro Etc is a small French gem in Port Washington. The menu is always inventive and truly excellent. The fish entrées are cooked with quality meat and innovative preparations. The restaurant itself is intimate and cozy, which makes it more of an adults-only destination. They also cater events as well! Don’t forget to try the luxurious profiteroles with a decadent chocolate sauce. Attentive and knowledgeable wait staff.
Ayhan's Fish Kebab
286 Main Street, Port Washington, NY 11050
Ayhan’s Fish Kebab is known as one of Port Washington’s few gems. The menu has a spectacular selection of grilled fish (Snapper, Salmon, Branzini, etc.) and shrimp entrées. The crab cake and octopus appetizers are also highly recommended. Ayhan’s Fish Kebab also has an extensive wine list. The atmosphere is relaxed and lively.
The Sands Point Preserve
The grounds contain two castle-like buildings, Hempstead House, the main house, and a smaller house, known as Castle Gould. The main house measures 225 ft long , 135 ft wide, and has three floors containing forty rooms, punctuated by an 80-foot tower. Once construction had completed, the 300-acre estate needed 17 house servants and 200 farmers and groundskeepers to maintain its upkeep. Hempstead House in its prime was regarded as one of the most lavish estates to occupy the Gold Coast on North Shore Long Island:
"In its heyday in the 1920s, Hempstead House revealed a taste for extravagance. In the Entry Foyer was an organ made of oak. The pipes still visible on the walls above were merely for show - the music reverberated through openings in the floors. Medieval tapestries once hung on the walls, and oriental carpets covered the floor. The sunken Palm Court once contained 150 species of rare orchids and other plants. An aviary housed exotic birds in ornate cages among the flowers. The walnut-paneled Library was copied from the palace of King James I; relief portraits of literary figures still decorate the plaster ceiling. The Billiard Room featured a gold leaf ceiling, hand-tooled leather wall covering, and carved oak woodwork from a 17th century Spanish palace." - Wikipedia
Tour The Sands Point Preserve on Long Island's Gold Coast! The video below is the full episode from the NYC-ARTS program. And you can also watch the episode on the Sands Point Preserve on the Lands End Vimeo Channel here.
The Sands Point Preserve Intro. and History:
The Sands Point Preserve Mission and Vision:
Tour the Hempstead House and Castle Gould:
Tour Falaise at the Sands Point Preserve:
Tour The Sands Point Preserve Grounds and Events:
The Design Showcase at The Sands Point Preserve:
Hollywood Films, Filmmakers and The Sands Point Preserve:
Thank you for taking the time to virtually tour The Sands Point Preserve in Long Island, New York with Lands End. Now make sure to visit in person! For more information on visiting hours and contact information click here.