Six Months Of
Munching In Huntington
By The Foodies/
As your local sources
on the latest from Huntingtons food world, weve
recently told you where to dine for sensational summer fun
and how to make the most of some outdoor dining hotspots.
There are a few restaurants, however, that are worth refreshing
your memory of if youre looking for that perfect night
out, and so, we offer you some highlights from our restaurant
adventures over the last six months.
717 East Jericho Turnpike,
In January Lucia captured our hearts (and grumbling tummies).
Situated in the Waldbaums shopping center on Jericho
Turnpike, Lucia exudes the elegance and quality of a high-end
restaurant in a comfortable, modern atmosphere. The food is
superb, with its modern twists and turns on classic Italian
cuisine and the service and presentation is impeccable.
Calamari ($8) is simply out of this world, still to this day
the best weve had. Tender, flaky, lightly battered and
golden fried, the calamari sits in a piquant roasted garlic
lemon butter sauce that warms the tongue and pleases the palate.
Entrees are just as enticing. On our January visit, a pignoli
crusted tilapia over Sicilian couscous with sweet caramelized
melon relish ($18) was refreshing, while short ribs with aged
ricotta over bed of risotto with a distinctive saffron seasoning
($20) practically melted in our mouths. Homemade cavatelli
is topped with a creamy bolognese ($15) with fresh chopped
meat and pieces of eggplant, bringing a fresh version of classic
comfort food to the table.
320 West Jericho Turnpike,
One visit to The Clubhouse and it will come as no surprise
that the place for steak has been around for so
long (45 years and counting). Situated on Jericho Turnpike
just west of Route 110, the restaurant features impeccable
service and exquisite food exquisite, all in the warmest and
coziest of settings. It has even won awards for its extensive
Seafood appetizers are elegant and impressive, from clam dishes
to ginger crusted yellowtail tuna. Jumbo sea scallops wrapped
in bacon and glazed with a grand marnier molasses with a polenta
medallion ($12) come cooked to perfection and the sweetness
of the glaze and the salty hint of the bacon complement each
We have been craving the swordfish ($28) ever since our first
bite. Juicy and ginger crusted, it is seared to lock in the
fresh and dulcet ginger flavor. The meat of the Maine lobster
tails ($48) is sweet and firm, broiled and served with drawn
And, of course, there is the steak. All the beef is cut and
aged on premises. We loved the flavorful tang to a T-bone
steak marinated in the chefs special Cowboy spicy tequila
and lime marinade ($34). Clubhouses signature charbroiled
filet mignon is so tender and juicy that no seasoning is even
needed, but it comes with an exquisite and delicate béarnaise
Cap the night off with some heavenly desserts and call the
night a dream.
H2O Seafood Grill
215 West Main Street,
The Foodies do, occasionally, venture outside Huntington when
something really catches our eye, and H2O Seafood Grill in
Smithtown did just that. Lively and sophisticated, H2O is
sleek and modern with contemporary décor, sepia tones,
hardwood floors and a nautical theme of a young and hip Cape
We have returned to H2O on more than one occasion, and we
always get the Tornado #2 ($12) sushi special. Featuring spicy
tuna and scallion wrapped in fried potato, it is possibly
the most innovative sushi weve ever had, drizzled with
an eel sauce and topped with a dollop of spicy horseradish
Hazelnut and parmesan crusted swordfish ($29), a juicy steak
with hazelnut and parmesan crusting in a subtle buttery lemongrass
beurre blanc with a hint of truffle, is served over tasty
toasted cous cous, while the pepper tuna ($26) is seared to
a gorgeous deep red rare. On our most recent visit, we praised
the chef for an amazing Chilean sea bass.
And for dessert, we rarely leave without getting the homemade
fried doughnuts ($7), dusted with cinnamon and sugar, served
with strawberry and peanut butter sauces on the side.
The wine dinner menu on Wednesdays is a huge draw. The restaurant
provides a menu of innovative dishes and pairs each course
with a different glass of wine all at $40 for the whole
dinner, and $30 if you pass on the wine.
2377 Broad Hollow Rd. (Route 110),
Dip into something different, as they say, at
the Melting Pot. Just south of the Long Island Expressway,
the Melting Pot in Farmingdale brings the fun of fondue to
the Route 110 strip. Go for dinner, go for cheese fondue,
or go for just dessert fondue, as we have been known to do.
Caribbean Cheese Fondue, prepared tableside, features white
wine, pineapple juice, garlic, and spicy Peppadew peppers
with the melted gouda and gran queso cheeses, topped off with
scallions and a zest of fresh lime. Go to town by sticking
rye and pumpernickel breads, crisp veggies, and juicy apple
slices on your skewer and melting into bliss.
Entrees range from meat to seafood, brought to the table raw
alongside a pot of boiling broth in the cooking style of your
choice. On our recent visit we opted for the Lobster Indulgence,
a platter loaded with twin lobster tails, jerk seasoned sirloin,
vanilla rum chicken, marinated pork tenderloin, zesty peppered
shrimp, butternut squash ravioli and fresh vegetables. The
Mojo Style ($6), bouillon seasoned Carribean-style with hints
of garlic, orange and lime, and the Coq au Vin ($6), burgundy
wine flavored with fresh herbs, spices, garlic and mushrooms,
were our broths of choice.
For dessert, we often opt for a pot of the Yin & Yang
chocolate fondue ($16/$32) served half with dark chocolate
and half with white chocolate. The fondue comes with fresh
strawberries and bananas, brownies, Oreo and graham cracker-covered
marshmallows, rice krispees, pound cake and a large slice
of cheesecake topped with a chocolate-dipped cherry.