Comedy Night At Ludlow
By Pete, Mike & Lil/
Yucks were on the menu at Ludlow Bistro
Not the kind of yucks that have anything to do with food.
Rather, the kind that have to do with laughter. At times it
The Foodies were in the house last Monday night when Ludlow
Bistro in Deer Park presented Comedy Night. For $45 a head,
a full house devoured a three-course meal while enjoying the
talents of some home-grown comics. It was a great way for
Ludlow to fill the house on what otherwise would have been
a customerless Monday night (the restaurant is closed on Mondays),
said Ludlow co-owner Bryan Connelly, our host for the evening.
A threesome, we arrived a few minutes early to the restaurant
that shines like a bright orange beacon on Deer Park Avenue.
The color is no less vibrant inside, where dramatic lighting
and contemporary artwork adds to the hip, modern atmosphere.
In anticipation of the show, we were seated stadium style
all three of us facing front and center.
While servers tended to the 40 or so guests that filled the
dining room, emcee Mike Parenti stepped to the mic to warm
up the crowd. A comedian himself, Parenti is co-owner of comedy
show producers Comedy To Go, which hosts Sunday night open
mic nights at Chesterfields in Huntington. In fact, the producers
like to point out that it was at Chesterfields, then known
as Cinnamons, where comedians Kevin James and Eddie
Murphy were discovered!
On the comedy menu at Ludlow were up-and-comer Marcus Johnson;
Howard Stern Show regular Sal The Stockbroker
Governale; an honest to God ventriloquist, Dr. Bob Baker,
with his saucy, spinster puppet, Lucille; and headliner Carie
Karavas, an edgy bordering on abrasive TV standup
comic whose credits include New Joke City on the Metro Channel,
Telemundos Comedy Picante, and the Just for Laughs Festival
The comedy got rolling at about the same time as the food,
and Johnson served us the appetizer a warm up to the
main course. We had a choice of five first-course offerings,
and in this case we each chose differently: a Caesar salad
of romaine hearts had plenty of parmesan; and a salad of mesclun
greens with still warm dollops of deep fried goat cheese,
pecans and raspberry vinaigrette was a sweet way to begin
the meal. A crispy Thai Chicken egg roll, ordered on the owners
recommendation, was the star of the appetizers.
We broke Foodie tradition and rules when two
of us ordered the same entrées, but blame the enthusiastic
staff who couldnt rave enough about the spaghetti and
meatballs. Homemade pasta in a chunky and flavorful sauce
of plum tomatoes, garlic and basil were a perfect bed for
the half-dozen savory, beef and pork meatballs. One of our
party went with a cant-go-wrong marinated skirt steak
and must-try herbed fries.
Following up comedy wise, Dr. Baker maintained an entertaining
dialogue with the first puppet he ever owned a goofy
teenager that recalled Charlie Bergen and friends and
a sidekick obviously purchased in more prosperous times, the
crusty Lucille Goldman, whose raunchy repertoire started with
gynecology jokes and got spicier from there. If we were thinking
we were in for a night of humor less than suited to dining,
Sal the Stockbrokers act confirmed it. Sals potty
humor and Carie Karavass Long Island housewife shtick
pushed the envelope as far as dining room humor goes, but
had us laughing, even wiping away tears. It was nothing a
warm brownie with ice cream couldnt solve, or for that
matter, an attractive plate of banana egg rolls drizzled with
Ludlow Bistros Comedy Night was a winner for both the
comedy and the food. Well head back on a normal
night and work our way around the regular menu.
1945 Deer Park Ave., Deer Park
Atmosphere: Hip and modern casual
Cuisine: New American
Price range: Moderate
Tuesday Thursday, 11 a.m. 10 p.m.;
Friday 11 a.m. 11 p.m.;
Saturday, 5 11 p.m.;
Sunday, 4 9 p.m.
Lunch: Tue - Fri 11:30 a.m. 3:30 p.m.