Chaophaya: Good Thai in Suffolk
I used this place for a lunch date one Sunday in late January/early February 2007. It had come highly recommended and I must tell you it did not disappoint. The food was fantastic and we had all the time we wanted as they were not very busy.
They are located less than a block from the King's Park train station and if I ever make it out here again I will definitely return.
Favorite Dish: I don't remember what I had specifically but it was all good. I do know she had the pad thai and also some other food that was quite nice.
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Boulder Creek: Our First LI VT Meeting
We came here in February 2003 on the Sunday of Presidents weekend. It was a group lunch after spending the morning touring with Ernst.
I don't remember a lot about the place but we all had a good time and enjoyed a few hours eating and hanging out.
Its All Greek to Me: Good Greek
This is a restaurant I came to for dinner out one night. A very nice small restaurant the highlight was the fantastic service. They look out for each and every customer and always treat you like you're a returning family member.
Favorite Dish: The stuffed calamari here was very very good. It was the perfect dinner to start off a very good evening.
If I find myself back in the area I would want to stop by and sample some more.
Turtle Crossing: Southwestern and Barbecue in the Hamptons
Turtle Crossing is a long standing favorite for southwestern and barbecue dining and a frequent site for celebrity-spotting. Outdoor tables front the main highway and inside an outer room houses a large bar with dining tables and an inner room diner style booths. Decor - not a priority. Service - friendly, harried, but slow. Prices are moderate for the Hamptons with most entrees under $25 and portions border on huge. Beer is the obvious beverage of choice, although a full bar service is available. No reservations taken, plan on a long wait, parking is a nightmare.
A long appetizer list is anchored by the signature quesadillas with caramelized onions, guacamole, and mango salsa. Wraps, salads, Mexican dishes, and barbecued chicken, ribs, and pulled pork highlight the entree list. Sides include excellent black beans and garlic whipped mash potatoes. A children's menu is available. For dessert, in the unlikely event one has room for it, should include the peach cobbler.
Turtle Crossing is incredibly busy, with good reason, offering an excellent meal with relatively modest pricing, and is a frequent choice for us.
Sage Bistro: Fine French Cuisine
This restaurant serves a variety of french regional and continental dishes. Amongst the specialties are Escargots a la Bourguignonne (snails in herb garlic butter sauce) as an appetizer and assorted mussels dishes. Prices are not too high. This eatery is small so reservations are a must, especially on weekends. In addition to the regular lunch and dinner menus, there are also specials for each day of the week.
Favorite Dish: Mussels a la Crème de Vermouth. This dish includes Mussels with shallots, mushrooms, and leeks in a Vermouth cream. Outstanding.
California Pizza: Delicious and Diverse
This is a well known establishment with numerous locale around the USA. Originally founded by a pair of Lawyers from (you guessed it, California), this restaurant has become a popular dining spot. Located near the Source Mall in Westbury, is is frequented by numerous shoppers. The fare includes a variety of pizzas, some quite unique. In adition, there are salads, pastas, sandwiches and some very good appetizers and soups. The prices are average, though some items are higher than the norm. Highly recommended as it is one of my favorite places to eat lunch out.
Favorite Dish: There are several favorites. My favorite soup is Sedona Corn Tortilla Soup. It is made with corn and numerous soices and garnished with tortilla strips. A bit spicy, it is wonderful. Szechuan Chicken Lettuce wraps, though listed as an appetizer, can be ordered as a meal as there is a large portion that is served. It is delicious.
Jamesport...surprise: Fine dining in the middle of farm country
All I know is that I was starving and trying to find a decent restaurant for dinner. HOw was I to know they close on Tuesdays around here? Someone sent me down a country road and after a few miles of farmland....suddenly there it was! Gorgeous restoration of a mansard roofed building...but unfortunately...closed. Think I was on Manor Road in Jamesport.
We should definately explore this one next time.
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The Greenport Tea Company: Enjoy tea...or light lunch
Excellent fresh soup and sandwich combo ... hit the spot. Teas of all description....and many gifts available. If you can't find a tea pot here...you won't find it anywhere. Bright, clean and pleasant surroundings. Can't think of any reason why I wouldn't go again.
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Legends: Fresh, imaginative and delicious
Finding good restaurants was a bit of a challenge sometimes. Because of the miles of vineyards and farms, there is often a lack of businesses, shops, and places to eat. I finally got in the swing and realized that Rte 25 was the better bet for finding things. I spotted little signs on the poles...I was getting hungrier as the miles rolled by. Thought I would never get to the end of this mystery ride..but finally at the end of the road...a boat yard....and on the left ... the restaurant. Such a remote spot...but excellent dinner. This was a meal that even Deecat would rave about. I had great local wine, fish, and the freshest vegetables ever. All of it prepared and served with a wonderful presentation.
Worth the drive to find it.
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Rowdy Hall: Hamptons Pub
The search for dining at a reasonable price in the Hamptons is not easy, but Rowdy Hall offers a very acceptable option. In the late 1800's, a boarding house in this region catered to an "arty" New York City crowd sometimes referred to as Bohemian. Known by the locals as the rowdy house, this pub takes its name from the legend. The pub is under the same ownership as the very upscale Nick and Toni's with a 10+ year history. Today, hidden from view but not from locals and visitors, at the end of an alleyway, the pub has a typical indoor decor with fireplace and copper topped bar. Dark wood and leather set the typical appearance. Tables with umbrellas are set in front and usually filled first. Service is sketchy at best, children are welcome, parking is in the public lot across the street. Reservations are not accepted and the waiting times can be protracted. Children are, shall we say, not unwelcome, particularly at the outside dining.
An extensive wine list features Long Island products. The beer list is quite extensive, both major American and European offerings as well as many microbrewery beers bottled and on tap. The menu is wide ranging with several British and French specialties including French onion soup. fish and chips in newsprint basket,steak frites, and Roquefort-walnut salad. The Rowdy Burger is one of the best in the area. The menu is wide ranging, for yellowfin tuna to vegetarian chili to parchment wrapped local flounder. Soup and appetizer prices range from$8-14, entrees $16-23 ($36 for steak frites), and a wide array of desserts up to $8. The burger is $13. Try the root beer float for a trip to the past. These are very reasonable prices for the Hamptons.
Favorite Dish: Martinis - excellent, especially for the Hamptons. (After all, this IS a pub).
The onion soup is excellent covered with a thick gooey cheese topping. And the hamburger is as good as its excellent reputation. Mussels in a white wine sauce were praised at an adjoining table, as were several entrees.
Salads are large, with very fresh and probably local ingredients.
Pine Island Grill at the Crescent Club: Upscale Dining on Long Island Sound
This stunning contemporary restaurant occupies a premier location on the white sand beach of the Long Island Sound at Bayville. Romantic dinners on the expansive decks or in the mod dining room favor the sunsets over the sound with views across to the Connecticut shore. High ceilings and modern decor create a great ambience and a perfect setting for dining, eating at the grill,the sushi bar, the raw bar, or drinking at the upscale bar on the upper level. The lower level, after failures at being a posh beach club and then an upscale gym, now has achieved success catering to "weddings on the beach". In the past, numerous high profile chefs have come and gone. The meals have generally been characterized by small portions of mediocre food at high prices and with abysmal service. Even the NYC restaurant team of Drew Nierepont has been in and out as a failure. The current chef and his team are among the best in recent memory. The prices remain high but the food is beautifully presented with large portions and most important - it's surprisingly good.
An expansive Sunday brunch with complimentary mimosa or champagne is $22. The raw bar and sushi bar are amazingly costly, and even the hamburger available only at the grill is $16. Appetizers range up to $20, soups and salads $9-12. entrees $30-40, pastas $25, and desserts $9+. The $12 martinis are particularly notable. The food presentation can be a work of art, especially the desserts. The website menu is generally accurate both for the food and the pricing, and is quite extensive.
The sunsets and the beach views may be among the best on Long Island, but unfortunately the service continues to rank amongst the worst. The lucrative wedding parties come first, and the wait for menus, drinks and courses can be up to 45 minutes. Continuing a long standing tradition, the trendly young black-clad servers are disinterested, unhelpful, and inept. Requests are forgotten and service is by the auction method.
Favorite Dish: We were far more pleased with this meal than many in the past - drawn by the sunset, we actually enjoyed our food over the 3+ hours it took to arrive. The hit of the evening was the scallop and shrimp entree with roasted corn and cous cous. Other good meals included the grilled teriyaki salmon with grilled pineapple and brown rice and an excellent asian marinated skirt steak with wasabi mashed potatoes. Both the caesar and the pine island salads were shared adequately and were very good. The chocolate indulgence cake made a great dessert.
The menu is very extensive, very modern haute, and fully described including cost on the website. Worth checking out in advance.
Mirko's Restaurant: Superb Hamptons Dining
Considered by many the finest restaurant in the Hamptons, Mirko's is located in a famously hard place to find, all the way around the back of a shopping center anchored by the Water Mill Post Office. Formal and elegant, the dining area has recently been redecorated with pale green walls and removal of all the frills and lace. Located here for over 20 years, the owner-chef Mirko Zagar introduces touches of his origins in Croatia to a continental pan-European menu. His wife Eileen runs the front of the restaurant. The well-dressed clientele are respectfully quiet and reserved, the service professional, and the food top-notch from beginning to end. There is an extensive and expensive wine list. During the summer, patio dining is available.
Hamptons dining is never cheap and this landmark is among the most expensive choices. Appetizers are $14+, entrees begin at about $35 and head north rapidly, and desserts are all $9.50 For these prices, expect uniformly excellent food beautifully and artistically presented.
Featured appetizers are the justly famous signature Croatian stuffed cabbage, calamari in a lemon garlic and sherry sauce ( which we had on our most recent visit - both spectacularly good ) and the grilled shrimp wrapped in bacon. For entrees, I have had the herb roasted chicken breast and most recently the sliced roast duck breast with a remarkable wild rice griddle cake, spicy chutney and a honey lime vinegar sauce. Crusted fish is a specialty -recently salmon and halibut - really good. The desserts look great and taste the same way and coffee is European and perfect.
Favorite Dish: We have eaten here several times over the years - Mirko's deserves its reputation as one of the Hamptons finest restaurants, maybe the best.
Mirko's may be the best in the Hamptons but it is inconceivably expensive - some say too expensive, including my wife who normally does not concern herself with financial issues. One shudders to think of the tab with a decent bottle of wine.
The $13 martinis are very good, by the way, but again pricey even for the locale. There is no martini menu and choices of exotic martinis are limited to the cosmo and apple varieties.
Reservations mandatory in and out of season - and a good idea is to confirm them yourself on the afternoon of your visit.
Trata: Excellent Greek-Style Hamptons Seafood Restaurant
This Greek restaurant is a branch of a well-known Manhattan eatery on 2nd Avenue, occupying a ramshackle house previously best known for having a new failed restaurant each year. It has been open about 6 weeks and already is jammed. It may well survive more than the minimum one year period. The room has been redecorated in white with scattered orange, lime, and lemon pillows on the banquettes. Despite acoustic tiles, it is extremely noisy like most "hot" Hamptons restaurants and has a very active bar scene with young beautiful people. However, both the drinks including the martinis and the food is far above Hamptons average. House specialty - any one of 8-10 listed fish grilled whole and market-priced per pound. Salads and appetizers predominantly seafood done Greek style $9-18, entrees similar $28-35 with a few more expensive steak entrees, and desserts also predominantly Greek at $9. On weekdays, a complete dinner 3 course pre-fixe is $24.
Favorite Dish: excellent appetizers included grilled rosemary scallops, several greek-style salads. Favored entrees included baked chilean sea bass with tomato onion and pepper in a white wine sauce baked in a pot, salmon with grilled vegetables and Greek spaghetti with sauteed shrimps scallops spinach and tomato in a wine sauce. Maybe because this restaurant has just opened, the quality of the food served was a distinct notch above the usual overpriced Hamptons fare and well worth a visit. Particularly on summer weekends, reservations are mandatory.
UPDATE - 11/11/2006 ---- unlike most Hamptons places, the food continues to be superb a year into existence. Sure, it costs a fortune, but so does everywhere else and the food remains a full cut above. The images are from their menu, but are accurate depictions of the food (and my spousal unit will be damned if she will let me take a photo in a Hamptons restaurant ).
Aqua Blue: Roslyn Village Italian - Hits Rock Bottom
Some years ago, the owners of the thoroughly mediocre La Taverna morphed their enterprise into Aqua Blue by repainting the walls an industrial grade light blue and adding, of all things, several high priced steaks to the same old menu. Housed in an old house set off the main street of the village, little else changed including perpetually horrid service. The best reason to come here - couldn't get a reservation elsewhere. Improvements previously described with the arrival of a new chef have vanished, presumable along with the chef. The tacky martini glasses with the corporate logos have returned. And the latest in a line of chefs is awful. Service remains haphazard and irritating - the room is shared by 2 headwaiters, one an intrusive loud Portuguese guy and the other a disheveled woman attempting to speak with a British accent but not succeeding. Appetizers and salads run $6-12, pastas $12-17 and available in half portions, and entrees $18-28 with one residual steak at $32.
Favorite Dish: Recent improvements in food quality - gone. This place has hit an all-time low. I wish I could think of something good to say, but our latest visit was a total disaster.
Sisina: Specialties of Capri - Home of the Owner
Sisina is the latest and apparently the most successful operation in this building which appears to originally have been constructed for a dairy queen. The front wall has been replaced with a slider allowing for al fresco dining overlooking the Port Washington marina scene, separated, as so often in places like Liguria, the water by a main street. Service is quite good and unhurried and the full service bar serves good martinis. Etrees including chicken parm and scarpariello, salmon with salad, and a mixed grill at prices between $12 and 20, but the standout items here are the great salads ($9-12), pannini and wraps (all$9) and the excellent thin crust pizzas ($9-15). Later in the evening one can linger over coffee and imagine for just a moment that there has been a magical transport to Liguria. The all-Italian service staff except busboys of course is friendly and helpful. For an open air trattoria, the "very good" rating by the New York Times and "the best restaurant in Port Washington" by Zagat's are worth noting (altho I have very serious doubts about the Zagat's opinion).
Favorite Dish: We have eaten many of the available thin crust pizzas and can recommend them uniformly. Those with mushroom and sausage have been very good indeed. The pastas are named after sites on Capri including monte solaro and villa jovis and are well-prepared variants of the classic offerings.