Eat…See…Do…New Hyde Park

Eat at Original Umberto’s of New Hyde Park
The Original Umberto’s of New Hyde Park Family Restaurant opened in 1965 by Umberto Corteo, his brother Joe, and eventually his brother Carlo. The small pizzeria has grown into a two-story full-service café, four-star dining room and a world-class banquet facility, now including an outdoor, tented patio. The family-run business has also opened locations in Bellmore, Lake Grove, Massapequa and Manhasset. At the very least, if you cannot decide from the dozens of appetizingly delicious menu items, try either a Sicilian slice (rated best Sicilian pie in New York) or a Grandma slice (once featured on the Food Network).

Located at 633 Jericho Tpke., west of Lakeville Road.

Open weekdays and Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Visit www.umbertosfamily.com or call 516-437-7698 to place an order or to make a reservation.

McDonald’s at the Joseph Denton House
The Joseph Denton House is a historic building in New Hyde Park within the Town of North Hempstead. It was built in 1795 as a farmhouse, then it was converted in the 1860s to a Georgian-style mansion. After WWII, the home was sold before becoming a funeral home and then a series of restaurants.

McDonald’s acquired the dilapidated property in 1985, intending to demolish it and build a standard structure. North Hempstead and residents of the New Hyde Park community successfully sought historic designation after a three-year battle. An agreement was reached with McDonald’s to allow a single-story addition to the back for a drive-thru if the front exterior was restored to its 1926 appearance. After an extensive renovation which included installing a series of windows for the veranda, and restoration of the ornamentation, window shutters and brick chimneys, McDonald’s opened in the historic building in 1991. The inside of the building was gutted in the process, including exposed rafters. A grand staircase leads to a dining area on the second floor.

Located at 2045 Jericho Tpke., east from New Hyde Park Road.

Bobb Howard’s General Store
This year marks a milestone year for Eileen Caplin Wysel and her husband, Ronnie, owners of Bobb Howard’s General Store in New Hyde Park, its 75th anniversary to be exact. With old-time candy, some of the favorites that we still love today date back to the early 1900s, like Bit-O-Honey, Dum Dums, Good and Plenty, gumdrops, jelly beans, PEZ, Raisinets, rock candy, Sixlets, Slo Pokes, Tootsie Rolls and Twizzlers. And all of these can still be found at Bobb Howard’s General Store.

Located at 581 Lakeville Rd., just north of Jericho Turnpike.

The store is open Monday through Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Visit www.bobbhowardsgeneralstore.com to learn more about old-time candies, the history of the general store or to place a special order.

Christy Hinko
Christy Hinko is a managing editor at Anton Media Group. She is a New York Press Association (NYPA) and Press Club of Long Island (PCLI) award-winning writer and photographer.

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