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           I have only been doing real estate for a short time now, less than a year.  It has already occurred to me that in most cases the location and neighborhood of some ones future home is just as (if not even more) important to a homebuyer as the home itself.  People want to know they are going to step outside their home and still love where they are standing.  This is why, being that my office is in the heart of the absolutely beautiful and multifaceted Rockville Centre, I have decided to break down for you exactly why, no matter what you are looking for in a home town, you will fall in love with Rockville Centre.  To list every single reason to move here would take a few years and a novel.  So to express to you the diversity and uniqueness of Rockville Centre I have broken down 15 Categories I will break down with you on a weekly basis. Again, only giving you a small taste because there is just way too much to go through in one blog.  Categories ranging from places of worship, to nightlife and restaurants will be examined.

I decided to start with dinner options as a category for why you should move to Rockville Centre because I believe it is pretty safe to say there isn’t a soul on long island, or at least in Nassau County that hasn’t said “lets go to RVC for dinner tonight”.  When looking for a wide variety of dining options Rockville Centre is, hands down the absolute best!  Below I have listed just a small handful of unique and absolutely delicious options you can find in this beautiful town.




            Parlay is a relatively new gastro pub located at 210 Merrick Road in Rockville Centre.  A gastro pub is a pub that specializes in serving high-quality food, and high quality food this place certainly delivers!  I tried this place recently during a girl’s night out right before a friend of mine moved to Colorado and I had a really great experience.  The inside is beautifully designed and the food was fantastic!  I tried some the southwest flatbread pizza and I highly recommend it.  We also shared the passion goblet, which tasted as good as it looked and tried one of their forty craft beers.  Not sure which beer you would like to try?  Order a flight so you can sample a few.  So much fun and such great food and service.  Though I have listed this place as a dinner option they have a really great brunch as well that’s definitely worth checking out.  I would like to thank Jessica Matarese, one of Parlays marketing associates for being so accommodating with sitting down and meeting with me and supplying me with all the information and photos needed to compete this portion of my blog.  She was also kind enough to supply me with a printable gift certificate that you can print directly from my blog and bring with you to your next trip to parlay!

Delicious passion goblet and wings

please print out this gift certificate and bring it with you on your next trip to parlay!!



210 Merrick Rd.

RVC, NY 11570

(516) 442-2600








            When I first started this blog I did not have Viaggio on my list because they are brand new and I hadn’t yet heard of them.  I put it on my list because my brokers, Judy Hart and Elizabeth Wallace absolutely raved about it, and I am so glad they did!  Not only did I get to sample great food and drinks but also I met some truly awesome people!  Viaggio is a tapas place featuring Spanish style food.  As a matter of fact, about 80% of their ingredients come from Spain.  I had a chance to sit down with the executive chef Alex Bujoreanu.  Alex was born in Romania but grew up in Spain and had three restaurants there so all of the food is very authentic.  I could tell from talking to him that he takes great pride in his work and it certainly shows in the intricate flavor combinations in the food that I tried here.  I tried the Confit Garlic Shrimp and the Lamb Meatballs with Port Sauce and not only were they delicious but beautifully presented.  Viaggio doesn’t only have fantastic tapas they also have great full size options, sharable options and unique libations.  Maia Moore, Viaggios bartender was so kind and so knowledgeable of the wine list.  She had nothing but great things to say about her owners and managers.  Being a server for so long myself I know how important it is to like and respect the people you work for, it makes the experience so much better.  Maia first gave me Graton Cellars Chardonnay and than made me a specialty beverage called Ronnys Hard Lemonade, which is made of Reyka Vodka and fresh limejuice with malbec and anchor reyes reduction.  Delicious!  I wasn’t only impressed with the food here but the service and atmosphere was just so above average!  I also met Ronny Jaramillo, Tony Depalo and Roseann Vercillo, three of the five owners and managers of Viaggio they were so kind and informative.  I did not get the pleasure of meeting Marco Tolentino and Hartley Parish as they were not there the evening I visited, but I plan on being a relatively regular customer here so I’m sure I will sometime soon!  Viaggio is also planning on starting a brunch menu on February 7th.  If you are going to try this place out I suggest making reservations to their holiday party.  The owners put together for me $25 dollar gift certificates available as a welcome to the area gift for people who purchase homes in the area through Century 21 Sherlock Homes!


Executive chef Alex Bujoreanu                                                              Ronny's hard lemonade

Lamb Meatballs and Garlic Shrimp YUMMM!!!




324 Sunrise Highway

(516) 208-7789







Press 195 is such a great and unique option for any time of the day.  I actually had a hard time deciding whether I should categorize this under lunch or dinner. This restaurant maintains a full service dining feel and featuring delicious, high quality and healthy options.  My favorite entrée to order is the quinoa and spinach salad, its refreshing and energizing just perfect for lunch.  They have such a great selection of craft beers, for example, LEFT HAND MILK STOUT, which Brian Karp was so kind as to allow me to sample, making it great for a night out as well. Press 195 originally opened in Brooklyn in 2002.  Then a second one was opened in Bayside Queens in 2005, which is still open today.  Since Rockville Centre is a hot spot for businesses, being it’s the place to be for so many long islanders, Press 195 owners (Brian Karp, Chris Evans, James Volz, John Annechino), like many business owners, wanted to be a part of it and opened a location right here on Park Ave.  New York Newsday rated them best fries, they have a 23 Zagat rating and have been featured on the food network.  This restaurants fame is growing for a reason.  This is absolutely a must try!  Not to mention they have take-out and free delivery.  So living people living in Rockville Centre on a cold winter day can get one of the best sandwiches long island has to offer delivered right to their door step!   Thank you Brian Karp for allowing me to incorporate a great coupon to your restaurant into my blog!   


this is the delicious meal Brian Karp had prepared for

me.  Panko breaded chicken sandwich, quinoa spinach salad

and Left Hand Milk Stout.

Press 195

22 N Park Ave.

RVC, NY 11570

(516) 536-1950





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KimLynn Tipton
Keller Williams Realty Inc. - Dallas, TX

That sounds like a nice area with some good food near by, thank you for sharing and welcome to ActiveRain

Jan 11, 2015 01:28 AM #1
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Tamara - Welcome to ActiveRain! I really enjoyed your first post, and I think it's a great way to market both your area and yourself. It did, however, make me hungry - off to find a snack.

Jan 11, 2015 01:45 AM #2
Anita Clark
Coldwell Banker Access Realty ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

Welcome to the Rain, Tamara. Good job of letting consumers know about some of the dinner venues in Rockville Centre.

Jan 11, 2015 01:50 AM #3
Liz Wallace
Century 21 Sherlock Homes - Rockville Centre, NY
Broker C21 Sherlock Homes, Rockville Centre, LI, N

Great first post Tamara but then again I knew it would be.

Jan 11, 2015 02:03 AM #4
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Tamara- welcome to ActiveRain!  I came over from Liz Wallace's post.  What a good move to highlight dining options in your area.  

Jan 11, 2015 04:13 AM #5
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Looks like a lot of great food.  I've told Liz I have to come and visit, now I know where I have to eat when I do.

Jan 11, 2015 06:55 AM #6
Coach KC™
Prosperitor LLC dba Secured Futures - Albuquerque, NM
Marketing • Productivity • Revenue • Development

Welcome to ActiveRain tamara lebo, wishing you much success!

—Coach KC™


😎 Network Strong & Prosper!


Jan 11, 2015 08:18 AM #7
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

Welcome to AR and Liz made the introduction.  You might make each restaurant a separate post.  They all deserve their own post, IMHO!  They sound delicious.

Jan 11, 2015 09:35 AM #8
Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Hi, Tamara.  Welcome to ActiveRain!  What a great preview of some local restaurants.  It made me hungry, I need to visit the refrigerator.  BBL!

Jan 11, 2015 12:15 PM #9
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Tamara, Welcome to ActiveRain. I am here from Liz’s introduction post. Wow – you did an amazing job on your first post. I agree with Carla … these Rockville Centre restaurant reviews deserve their own post.

Jan 11, 2015 10:38 PM #10
tamara lebo
Rockville Centre, NY

Thank you all for the great comments and thank you to my broker, Liz Wallace for all your support!

Jan 14, 2015 01:28 AM #13
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Welcome to the Rain, hope you continue to get your feet wet here Tamara!

Jan 15, 2015 06:11 AM #14
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Hun... - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource

Hello, Tamara, I just came from Liz Wallace's shout out to you and wanted to welcome you to ActiveRain. If you ever have questions or need help navigating this amazing place...all you have to do is ask.

Jan 18, 2015 06:58 AM #15
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Welcome!  What a great first post, very impressive.  So glad I just finished my lunch because you would have made me hungry!

Jan 22, 2015 01:48 AM #16
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