Eating Up Huntington
Restaurants already seeing early influx of customers with
By Mike Koehlerfirstname.lastname@example.org
Dine Huntington has more than 3,300
fans on Facebook, and many of them arent waiting to
bite into the prix-fixe menus.
Sixty-six restaurants in or near the Town of Huntington have
been offering special three-course meals for $24.95 (Saturday
until 7 p.m. only) since Sunday. With just one night of Restaurant
Week under their belts as of Monday, several, like Fado in
Huntington village and Bistro 44 in Northport Village, had
already seen an increase in customers at their restaurants.
The first night we filled, which was nice, Fado
owner Alison Steindler Nobre said Tuesday. We had a
lot of new people, which was good.
About 20 patrons dined at Bistro 44 on Sunday, said owner
Paul Gallowitsch. Many enjoyed the European-style outdoor
dining, enhanced by the changing foliage around the tables.
When fall temperatures started to appear, outdoor heaters
kept the cool air at bay.
Amy Schnitzer, spokesperson for Besito and Honu owner John
Tunney, said both restaurants Huntington restaurants saw heavy
traffic on opening night and she expects the trend will continue
throughout the week.
Were doing tremendous, and the weather being beautiful
all week will be a big plus for getting people out,
Besito has taken a unique take on Restaurant Week, offering
any appetizer, entrée and dessert from their regular
menu at the $24.95 price. You can also order off the entire
menu at Honu for an extra $5, or stick with their $24.95 prix-fixe
Megan Smith, manager of Legal Sea Foods in Huntington Station,
said they couldnt tell if Dine Huntington was drawing
a crowd due to their typical holiday weekend rush. Smith,
however, said she anticipated the event would bring more people
to their restaurant.
Anything to attract clientele, let people know were
in Huntington, in the community, she said.
Matt Spirn, who owns Northport Tasting Room & Wine Cellar,
is partnered with Maroni Cuisine which is not opened
Sunday and Monday. He said he was excited to partner with
someone as high-profile as Maronis.
Its excellent exposure for my business and Mike
[Maroni]s at the same time, he said, adding that
its a great deal since Maroni Cuisines tasting
menu runs over $100 per person. We offer people the
opportunity to eat Maronis food at a rate thats
more obtainable for people. Its the deal of a century.
The Tasting Room may not have been the restaurant of choice
for 10 posters on the DineHuntington Facebook fan page on
Sunday night, but eight different eateries were. Huntingtons
Carissa Ierulli enjoyed the crab cake and gnocci at Crew,
while Liz Mullins Cordiero loved the Portugese wines at Fado.
Leah Forni, of Commack, dined at Besito on Sunday.
It was simplemente delicioso! Forni wrote.
A number of Facebook users could hardly wait for Dine Huntington
to start earlier this month. Chaz Richards, of Nassau County,
sought out suggestions for a steakhouse. When Dine Huntington
organizers suggested top-shelf steaks at Macs, the Clubhouse
or Honu, he posted that his wife changed her mind she
Linda Sporn, of Huntington, said she looked forward to Blond
and Besito, as well as some place for Asian fusion.
Huntington Restaurant Week continues through Sunday, Oct.
17. Visitors to www.DineHuntington.com can see the full list
of participating restaurants and view the prix-fixe menus.