New Deli Serves Up
By Brian Rafferty/ firstname.lastname@example.org
One of the most interesting places to pick up a quick bite
to eat opened recently just off New York Avenue in the heart
of Huntington village, and if the lines dont prove to
you that this is a great place to go, just check out the menu.
The Elm Street Eatery, just a block off Main Street, has a
great vibe about it. The bagels are still warm when you get
them in the morning, the deli salads and hot dishes are fresh
and plentiful, cold cuts are all from a trusted name brand
and the specialty sandwiches as expected in any good
deli have clever, local names.
On a recent lunch break I headed over to this open, airy spot.
The tables outside evoke a café charm, with even more
tables inside that were clean and busy. Just past the cashier
on your right is a combination juice and salad bar, where
any salad or smoothie can be made to order.
Centered in the deli is a self-serve coffee bar, which does
brisk business first thing in the morning. To its right is
a refrigerator case with a range of soft drinks, teas, waters,
juices, milks and even some old-fashioned soda brands.
At the back is the cold food section, with myriad salads,
cheeses and side dishes on display. The Chicken Cranberry
Walnut Salad is simply a wonderful combination. I had some
a week before I first went in one of my co-workers
brought over a sample. =The chicken salad, unlike most that
you find, was not floating in mayo to cover dryness. It was
moist on its own, lending its own texture to contrast the
crispness of the meaty nuts and the tang of the berry. On
a rye bread with lettuce and tomato it makes a heck of a sandwich.
But why make up your own sandwich when you can order from
a creative list? I had the Elm Street Frenzy, which was hot
roast beef and melted mozzarella with cole slaw on a hero
(you can also get them on a roll or bread). I got to watch
the sandwich be prepared, noting the rareness of the beef
before it hit the grill, the thickness of the fresh-sliced
mozzarella and the layering of cole slaw that made the sandwich
Wrapped in a foil-lined waxy paper, by the time I got it back
to the office it was warmed through. The bread was fresh and
gave no resistance to the bite; the juices of the meat and
coleslaw barely made a drip as I ate. It was one of the best
sandwiches I have had in some time.
And there are so many more to choose from. Next on my list
is the Centerport a breaded chicken cutlet, bacon,
Muenster cheese, lettuce, tomato and spicy mayo. I am also
intrigued by the Lloyd Harbor roast beef, Asiago cheese,
lettuce, tomato, onions and a Dijon horseradish dressing.
I could go on. The choices are wonderful.
And the people care. The staff was friendly, helpful and charming,
filled with good conversation and clearly interested in customer
service, which has moved, unfortunately, from routine to being
a treat at a place like Elm Street.
The food is priced well, with basic breakfast sandwiches ranging
from $2.65 to $3.75 and platters starting at $3.25 and working
their way up to $5.25. The lox is fresh, the bagels are absolutely
crusted with toppings and the other baked goods from
cookies to rugelach and Danish are done just right.
Open early to help out commuters and closed by the time most
people are headed home from work, Elm Street is sure to last
as a great place to pick up a quick breakfast or lunch, to
gather items for a picnic or party or to simply relax, have
a cup of coffee, and watch the cars go by from the café
tables on the sidewalk. Enjoy!
12 Elm Street
Atmosphere: Friendly, courteous
Hours: 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Monday - Sunday