For each restaurant there’s a key piece of information that someone should be kind enough to tell newcomers. For some restaurants it’s the fact that the establishment engages in BYOB. For others, there are “don’t miss” specialties that you’d be a fool not to order. So we’re happy to share with you a key piece of information for one of Long Island’s finest restaurants, Maroni Cuisine, and it is simply this: Skip Lunch.
We visited Huntington Social for a late-night cocktail in mid-summer when the restaurant first opened up. We were impressed with the new decor, a vast and classy departure from the dark, dank Chesterfields that previously inhabited the space. Whimsical murals of both regal and naughty monkeys let you know as you walk in that Huntington Social aims to show you a good time. Lush red velvet banquettes and large curved booths lend a feeling of cozy elegance, and the long bar with plenty of seating is classic with low amber lighting, making everyone instantly more attractive. This second time we went with dining in mind, and we’re happy to report that the food was attractive as well.
Hidden amongst the 2-for-1 happy hours, freezer-burned fried clams, and pizza joints in Ocean Beach is a gem where delicious, creative food can be enjoyed alongside the lapping waves of the Great South Bay. Eating at The Hideaway will make you joyous that you found (and were admitted to) this “hideout” of epicurean delights.
We’ve had people whispering in our ear for a while to check out Mirabelle Tavern, a casual eatery inside of the Three Village Inn in picturesque Stony Brook. More relaxed in both atmosphere and menu items than its fancier sister, Mirabelle Restaurant, the Tavern offers diners a chance to eat well-prepared French and American comfort food while feeling pampered in a casual setting.
We received an interesting email the other day here at East of NYC. The writer wanted more information on a rumor that he had heard that BLT Steak, one of many BLT restaurants throughout the country, was coming to our little island with a location in Manhasset.
Shopping can be hard; walking around the mall endlessly, looking for that perfect outfit or accessory for a night out on the town or for every day use. Saks Fifth Avenue, especially, is a mecca for high end couture. If you’re going to exert all of that energy shopping for their high-end wares, you’re going to need a worthy refueling station with top quality cuisine.
Mitch SuDock was always lauded as the owner-chef of Bistro M in Glen Head; a little restaurant with a big following. It’s fitting that he’s launching a new restaurant in Albertson with his name in the title (We can’t leave out dining room manager Toni Contino as well). We hear that they’re shopping for chandeliers now, so the wait shouldn’t be too long.
We stopped by Grey Horse Tavern not so long ago to do a feature with FiOS1 Long Island and Restaurant Hunter on their brunch favorites as well as to see what makes this restaurant so unique. The now copper bar area actually played host to a live horse, drinking from the restaurant’s provisions. Things may have changed in the last 100 years or so at this continually operating tavern and restaurant, but this Bayport institution is still every bit as impressive and praiseworthy for its culinary goodness. To take a photographic tour of our visit, click on through the jump.
Four Food Studio opened up their doors around 2004-2005. When they arrived on the scene they practically kick-started a new way of dining on Long Island. We hadn’t seen anything like it before and now there may be a few restaurants that are trying to compete, but Four always comes out on top.