Award winning, romantic, adventurous and revered are all ways that we can describe Restaurant Mirabelle, located inside the Three Village Inn in Stony Brook. Chef Guy Reuge has been the driving force behind Restaurant Mirabelle over the past years and this French cuisine juggernaut is always a formidable contender for Long Island’s best restaurant. We stopped by the restaurant for a quick photo shoot to capture what so many love.
With sister French restaurants across the island (Aperitif, Brasserie Persil and Sage Bistro), this is their only location on the north shore, in Woodbury. The restaurant itself is high-end and gorgeous, catering to the local upscale community. It’s because of our positive track record with their other locations that we stopped in to snap a few photos for our readers to peek behind the doors and see what is inside.
Who doesn’t love a little French bistro every now and then? We know that we do, and short of flying all the way to France, La P’tite Framboise (or, the Little Raspberry) is fulfilling all of our needs. Located on wonderful Main Street in the heart of Port Washington, stepping inside is akin to a charming little bistro in Paris.
If you could judge a cuisine’s popularity by how many restaurants are serving it across the island, French cuisine wouldn’t be at the top of the list. Just because it hasn’t caught on as much as, say, sushi or burritos doesn’t mean that we should sit back idly and let it be pushed to the side. It’s with this in mind that we’ve traversed the island and hand-picked some of the best french restaurants around.
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’ve been to their sister-restaurant, Sage Bistro in Bellmore, so we wanted to let you know about owners Peter Oktas and Executive Chef Julio Velasquez’s latest south shore French collaboration, Aperitif Bistro Lounge & Wine Bar in Rockville Centre.
The visit with Kristina’s parents continued through to the following Sunday, and included two more meals and a snack. The first of these meals was dinner Saturday night at Robin Des Bois, a French Restaurant on Smith Street situated in an old shoe store. The place is decorated with a combination of random provocative French posters and calendars as well as a statue of The Virgin Mary looming high above one of the tables. Kristinas parents, the good Catholics they are paid little attention to the decor and concentrated on the food.
We shared a plate of saucisson and a bottle of Cote Du Rhone. Her dad and I each had a skirt steak with a peppercorn sauce and a side of potatoes au gratin. Kristina and her mom each ordered the half chicken with green beans and mashed potatoes. We sat in silence for the next 20 minutes – our chewing and occassional wine slurping the only sounds at the table. Yeah, it’s that good.
We finished up, and went for an ice cream at Uncle Louie G’s up the street. This is a mini chain, and is absolutely fantastic! I became a regular at the Smith Street location over the summer, and got to the point where they were saying hi to me and recommending flavors they knew I hadn’t tried yet. It was around this time I realized I needed to lose some weight.
The following morning we ate breakfast at the Carrol Gardens Diner…more on that another time though. 718-596-1609