Kontokosta Winery, a new addition to the North Fork’s great wineries, is a wonderful winery in a magnificent building. It’s steps away from the Sound and when you’ve ordered a glass or a bottle after your tasting, you can make your way to the picnic benches and Adirondack chairs that sit overlooking the Sound and take in the view.
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.
For the past six years, Nonnina Italian Bistro in West Islip has been catering to an upscale, mostly local clientele with its excellent dinner service. It’s an upscale atmosphere, complete with a lounge area with fireplace, bi-level dining and a romantic and dark mood. We hopped into the kitchen to photograph some of their dishes as they were coming off of the line.
Down on the western edge of Long Beach lies Bahia Social Club, a small plates restaurant that transforms itself from a bar and restaurant with outdoor seating to a small concert venue at 10pm on weekend nights. We were there recently to dine on their tapas menu and then we transitioned inside for a concert. Of course, we brought our camera along to capture the food and the scene.
On Stewart Avenue, located south of Main Street in Huntington, just off the beaten path, lies Bin 56, a small plates / tapas bar and restaurant that caters as much to wine as it does to small plates.
Long Island cuisine is as good as it has ever been right at this moment and it’s made up of unique restaurants, interesting people and great dishes. All three have come together in this Massapequa wine and small plates haven; Salumi.
To live this close and not make your way out to Long Island’s wine country should be a cardinal sin. Even if you’re not a drinker, or do not enjoy wine; the scenery, different vineyards and various activities on the north fork are well worth the day trip. We recently stopped by to four of Long Island’s most popular vineyards on a one-day trip. If you’d like to recreate our trip with a few of your favorite companions, follow on through for where we visited.
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.
On this weekly edition of Wine Wednesday, featuring selections from Stew Leonard’s vast inventory, we’re bringing to you an affordable and tasty italian wine. Keep on reading through the break for more information on this week’s pick.
For this first edition of Stew Leonard’s Wine Wednesday, which will feature wine tips, selections, specials and information every wednesday going forward, we’re sharing with you their pick of the week; Tuilerie Celebration Rosé ($7.99).