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Nicky’s Says Cheers To Community 

Appertizers at Nicky’s include classic comforts like Buffalo wings, jalapeno poppers and fried artichokes.

In a season where charity and giving back are first and foremost, one local hangout in town seems to make that a way of doing business –for local charities and their customers alike.

Witness Nicky’s at Centerport, where on Nov. 23, the team at Nicky’s joined with the Moonjumpers Children’s Charity and longtime Saturday night performer Peter Mazzeo and his Hit Squad to drum up support for the Family Service League and Tri CYA’s Project TOY. It’s one of the countless events hosted at the restaurant and bar with an aim of helping the community.

The restaurant, which the LaCarrubba family opened in 1971, has been a laidback neighborhood spot since then, something Toby and Carol Offermann continued when they bought the restaurant in 2005.

Sitting down for a bite or a brew at Nicky’s feels something like slipping into your most comfortable old pair of shoes – familiar, reliable and comfortable. Their menu follows a similar theme and brings plenty of comfort food to the table.

Nicky’s menu will also bring great comfort to your wallet, and their lunch menu boasts generous prices and portions that can’t be beat.

During a recent lunch visit, we sampled an array of appetizers that rank among the classics at Nicky’s. First up were crisp, cheddar-filled Jalapeno Poppers ($5.25), fried to a satisfying crunch inside and out and paired with sour cream for dipping. Cheese-dusted Fried Artichoke Hearts ($5.25) offer a similar fried, crisp exterior but melt in your mouth once you dig your teeth into them. Classic Buffalo Wings ($6.95 for 14) are meaty and the medium wings (you can also choose hot or mild) are zesty and flavorful.

Since it is located in Centerport, good seafood is a must for the restaurant, and the Fried Clams Basket ($6.95) hits the mark with a big helping of sweet clams gently breaded and fried in light, crispy batter and flavorful tartar sauce paired with excellent fries or onion rings.

Choose the ample Steak Tidbits ($12.95), piled high over garlic croutons, and you certainly won’t leave the table hungry.

At Nicky’s, they’re fond of saying it’s a place “where everyone’s a regular.” And with the great prices, attentive service and long tradition in the Centerport community, we can understand how you can become one in a hurry.

Nicky’s of Centerport
6 Little Neck Road, Centerport
www.nickysofcenterport.com

Atmosphere – Laid-back neighborhood spot
Cuisine – Comfort food
Price – Inexpensive
Hours: Sun-Thurs 11 a.m.-midnight; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-1:30 a.m.

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