When we last visited Vespa Cibobuono in Great Neck, owner Marco Mollo had recently purchased the restaurant from its previous owner. Fast forward almost a year and Marco has taken the restaurant, a Northern Italian masterpiece and transformed it into his own; Ponte Mollo. Placing his own stamp on the space, formerly known to those driving on Northern Boulevard for its Vespa continuously parked on the sidewalk, Marco can now continue to grow his expanding fan base of local diners and those looking for a wonderful italian night out.
When we saw that PLANCHA, a new Tapas and Wine Bar was opening up in Garden City, our intuition told us that Josh, Jonathan and Lily, the trio behind one of our favorite spots on the South Shore, Salumi, in Massapequa, were behind this new spot. Our suspicions were confirmed and with that knowledge in our hands, we knew that diners were in for something special on the North Shore.
If we were asked what restaurant on Long Island closely resembled any cool restaurant in Brooklyn, we’d point them towards Barrique Kitchen and Wine Bar in the heart of Babylon Village. Rustic, with its bare wood beams on the ceiling, exposed brick and the familiar aged wood all around, Barrique opened in 2009 (by the same owners as the Argyle Grill & Tavern across the street) and has been a favorite spot on the south shore since.
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.
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.
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.