Eating near the station

Elvan Turan, owner of Ephesus in Massapequa Park,

Elvan Turan, owner of Ephesus in Massapequa Park, holding a dish called mix pita at the restaurant. (Credit: Newsday / Paul J. Bereswill)

It's the answer to a hungry commuter's prayer: somewhere good to eat just steps away from the LIRR station.

We give you three such places, each, in itself, an easy response to the nightly question "What's for dinner?"

EPHESUS MEDITERRANEAN

A change in ownership at this simply decorated spot means that its very good Turkish food has gotten even better. Start with a vibrant assortment of cold appetizers with warm house-baked bread. Don't miss the pide, the Turkish version of pizza, or, if it's available, the well-priced whole grilled fresh fish. Great kebabs, too.

514 Park Blvd., Massapequa Park, 516-543-4258, ephesusturkishrestaurant.com.

THAI HOUSE

Part of the Smithtown scene for the past six years, the restaurant is a short walk from the station. The kitchen comes across with the complex layering of flavors you crave in Thai cuisine. Past standouts include the sweet-tart tamarind duck as well as a nuanced Penang chicken curry and sliced beef salad.

53 W. Main St., Smithtown, 631-979-5242, thaihousesmithtown.com

LA ROTONDA

You'll find appealing thin crusted, well-topped pizzas as well as a dependable array of pastas, Parmigianas, Marsalas and more at this unpretentious spot about a half-block down from the station.

8 Bond St., Great Neck, 516-466-9596

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