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The East of NYC 2011 Year – End Favorites List

The East of NYC 2011 Year – End Favorites List

At the end of any year it’s always fun to look back at where we’ve explored across Long Island and compile a small list of our favorite restaurants and dining destinations. This year we’ve done just that and we’re pleased to present to our readers our 2011 Year – End Favorites.

Featured East of NYC Video: Swallow in Huntington

Featured East of NYC Video: Swallow in Huntington

In our first foray into video on East of NYC, we wanted to choose a restaurant with character and with a unique take on the food that they offer. We were lucky to have found both at Swallow in Huntington.

Cirella’s Restaurant in Huntington (Saks at the Walt Whitman Mall)

Cirella’s Restaurant in Huntington (Saks at the Walt Whitman Mall)

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.

La Parma II in Huntington

La Parma II in Huntington

La Parma II in Huntington is more of an institution than just a restaurant. There’s four La Parma’s on Long Island (Oceanside, Port Washington and Williston Park rounding out the other three). What sets La Parma apart from the rest is their family style menu, quality servings and the history that comes with being one of the best restaurants on Long Island.

Breaking News: XO Wine and Chocolate Bar in Huntington Suffers Fire

Breaking News: XO Wine and Chocolate Bar in Huntington Suffers Fire

We just caught wind that XO Wine and Chocolate Bar, located directly next to Classy Coffee in the Village of Huntington, suffered a fire that destroyed its kitchen on Wednesday, April 20th. We don’t know how long the wine bar will be affected and out of service, but we’ll send out an update once they are back up and running.

Here’s to a speedy recovery.

In Photos: Toast & Co. in Huntington

In Photos: Toast & Co. in Huntington

Toast & Co. in Huntington is one of the great restaurant / brunch places on Long Island. In the village of Huntington (north of Main Street), Toast & Co. is serving breakfast from 8am – 4pm every day. The decor is a a mix of americana of the past with a sampling of pop colors from the present. The green and orange adds a warm feeling throughout. We headed to Toast & Co. to take some pictures of the restaurant and the Stuffed French Toast. To view our gallery, continue on.

Notable Opening: Vitae in Huntington

Notable Opening: Vitae in Huntington

Out with the old and in with the new. This is a constant theme in life, and especially, the restaurant world. The newest Huntington hotspot is Vitae (pronounced VEE-TAY), located in the famous spot where Abel Conklin’s reigned for many years over the Huntington scene (in a historic building dating back to 1841). The name Vitae means life, and it is with this in mind that Vitae opens its doors to welcome in Spring and the hungry masses coming out of their winter hibernation.

Honu Kitchen & Cocktails in Huntington – Sold!

Honu Kitchen & Cocktails in Huntington – Sold!

Some things are too good to last forever, and now the same can be said about Honu Kitchen & Cocktails in Huntington Village. The restaurant has transformed within the past few years from Blue Honu, the small plates focused New American eatery to its current form, Honu Kitchen & Cocktails, offering up larger entrees in an elegant setting.

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