At The Chef’s Corner Cafe in Mineola, something special is happening. Through the friendship between owners Maryellen Villalta and Chef Israel Aguilar, they’re taking their great working relationship and putting it towards building some wonderful cuisine that both Mineola residents and workers alike are flocking to.
Maryellen and Chef Israel used to work together at Sarabeth’s in Manhattan and it was there that they forged a great bond. When Maryellen happened to run into Chef Israel in the city after they had parted ways, Chef Israel suggested that they open a spot on Long Island if Maryellen could find it. It was perfect timing as the previous tenant, a coffee shop, had recently closed. Thus, The Chef’s Corner was born.
A menu that skews Mexican, the Mexican Hominy Soup (pictured below) is one of the favorites and if you’re looking for something a bit more hearty, unique and filling, you can order up their Chef Burger (black angus beef stuffed with shredded flank steak, avocado and oaxacan cheese, served on a brioche bun).
The Chef’s Corner is proving to be a weekday favorite (try running into the restaurant during lunchtime – which is supremely busy due to Winthrop Hospital being within walking distance). They’re also pulling duty on the weekends to serve any of the nearby residents on both Saturday and Sunday.
The Chef’s Corner Cafe
95 Mineola Blvd.
Mineola, NY 11501