Hit The Deck!
By Pete and Rosiefirstname.lastname@example.org
Its late Sunday afternoon. As a warm
afternoon sun begins its descent toward the horizon, theres
a rumbling in these Foodies tummies that says its
time to eat. But its too beautiful a day to head indoors,
and with the end of summer fast approaching, the opportunities
to enjoy just such days may be limited. Where to eat and enjoy
the beauty of the waning day? In Huntington, theres
only one choice. We headed north on New York Avenue to Prime.
Owned and operated by the Bohlsen family of Tellers Chophouse
fame, Prime holds a monopoly on waterfront dining in Huntington.
Surprisingly, for all its beautiful shoreline, there is but
one place in the dining capital of Long Island where one can
take a front row seat on the harbor and enjoy a first-class
meal. That place is Prime, and on this particular Sunday,
it seemed that all of Long Island knew it. It looked like
everyone had the same idea.
Despite the lack of reservations, we were led to a seat on
the upper level of the multi-tiered patio that, in summer
at least, is the best part of the Bohlsens multi-million
dollar reconstruction of the former Co-Cos restaurant.
Completed three years ago, the boathouse-styled building is
an architectural showpiece. But mostly, its all about
Our own view was good enough; the action was far livelier
on the lower level closest to the water where a steel drum
band played. The upper level, bisected by a central staircase
to the cocktail area below, is comfortably furnished with
sturdy wicker style seating and commands a view of the busy
harbor below. Our server Dominic welcomed us and set us up
with drinks before advising us of the days specials.
We were looking to go light and shied away from the recommended
veal chop with a parmesan crust, but did get to see the tempting
dish headed towards the table next to ours. Well tackle
it on a return trip.
We went with the appetizers and sushi route, starting with
a lobster bisque from the specials menu. Though oddly served
in a two-part process (our waiter set down a bowl with chunks
of lobster meat, and another followed with a pitcher, filling
it with the creamy and sherry-laden hot bisque), it was delicious.
We also shared the antipasto salad ($14) Dominics
recommendation. Thick sliced mozzarella de bufala and prosciutto
de parma with mixed greens and a drizzle of sweet, aged balsamic
vinegar. Simple and delicious.
We finished off with sushi selections. The sushi combo ($26)
is an eight-piece assortment of nigri sushi and a tuna roll.
Tuna, salmon and shrimp slices were top quality, clearly fresh
and elegantly served. From a list of eight different sushi
rolls, we went with red roof ($15), a sophisticated combination
of shrimp and avocado, topped with spicy tuna, spicy mayo
and eel sauce. Delish
and there are enough different
sushi rolls to try that well come back and do it again.
We skipped dessert but lingered long over coffee, enjoying
the warm sun, the lively atmosphere and watching the boats
go by. The only thing we might do differently next time is
arrive somewhat later and enjoy a full sunset view. Prime
owns that view.
117 New York Avenue, Huntington
Atmosphere: Sophisticated nautical
with a view of the harbor
Cuisine: New American
Price Range: Expensive
Hours: Lunch Wed-Sat 11:30-3;
Dinner Mon-Thurs 5-10,
Fri-Sat 5-11, Sun 4:30-9;
Brunch Sun 11:30-3