Lincoln Station Bar & Grill
216 Pettit Ave. Bellmore, NY 516-785-5500
Lincoln Station pulls into Bellmore -- across from the Long Island Rail Road station and on the right track. The attractive pub, with its leather banquettes and checkered cloths, offers a whistle-blower $16.95 prix-fixe every Sunday through Thursday night -- three generous courses and plenty of value.Hours: Lunch, Monday to Friday, noon to 4 p.m.; dinner, Sunday to Thursday, 4 to 10 p.m.; Friday, 4 to 11 p.m., Saturday, 5 to 11 p.m. Ambience: Very Good Service: Fair Credit cards: Accepted Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible
Lincoln Station pulls into Bellmore -- across from the Long Island Rail Road station and on the right track. The attractive pub, with its leather banquettes and checkered cloths, offers a whistle-blower $16.95 prix-fixe every Sunday through Thursday night -- three generous courses and plenty of value. Plenty of time between courses, too. Blame a midweek server shortage.
You'll probably make fast work of the warm pita served with a good roasted red pepper hummus. The crisp, bright Caesar salad is the meal-deal appetizer of choice; second place goes to the heavy yet flavorsome broccoli rabe and sausage egg roll. You may need your fork, though, to negotiate the pasty-thick New England clam chowder. One night, a chicken vegetable soup is offered in its stead. A marked improvement.
From the a la carte appetizer roster come short ribs with mixed mushrooms over mini waffles, everything on the plate coated with -- and tasting like -- a winy brown sauce. Filet mignon sliders with fried onion rings and horseradish sauce, ordered medium-rare, turn up without even a hint of pink.
But a delectable avocado and bacon-topped burger -- smoky and juicy -- has a lovely char and an oozy, roseate center; hand-cut fried potato wedges make a worthy accompaniment. Very good, as well, is a Cajun chicken sandwich with mozzarella and chipotle mayo.
Chef John Jenkins does his best work here with entrees. Tops on the prix-fixe menu is a well-marinated and tender skirt steak, followed by a dish called chicken bruschetta -- a big boneless breast, breaded and crisp, showered with a lively salsa of fresh chopped tomato and onion. "Big Abe's chili mac & cheese" -- jumbo shells stuffed with a rousing chili before being baked in Cheddar sauce -- can win you over with its Sloppy Joe appeal.
Jenkins adroitly grills salmon with a spicy-sweet chipotle BBQ sauce, plating it with grilled vegetables and a rather leaden sweet potato-stuffed egg roll. Melding together harmoniously are julienne vegetables, penne, garlic and oil: a creditable version of pasta primavera.
Conclude, on the prix-fixe, with either the warm cakelike brownie or a scoop of ice cream. Or go a la carte with pecan pie, worth the guilt. At least you won't have any over what you just spent for dinner.