The Clubhouse Celebrates
By The Foodies./ firstname.lastname@example.org
SFor 50 years, The Clubhouse in Huntington has been the place
for steaks. And its that expertise, attention to detail
and commitment to excellence that has led the Bies family
to their golden anniversary.
Owner Jeffrey Bies has been the proprietor of The Clubhouse
for nearly 30 years. His parents, John and Geraldine, opened
The Clubhouse in 1962. At the time, they owned several other
restaurants, but as they pared down their holdings, The Clubhouse
was the keeper.
The entire space, from the entrance hallway to the cozy dining
room, exudes warmth and familiarity, and much of that familiarity
is thanks to the staff. Many, ranging from the busboys to
chef Charlie Labartino, have been a part of The Clubhouse
family for more than a decade and know how to make clients
feel comfortable and part of the place.
The most important thing is my staff, Bies said.
I just have some really great people here.
The Clubhouses bar boasts mixed drinks aplenty and an
extensive red wine selection to enhance the primarily meat-eaters
menu. The wine list has been a regular on Wine Spectators
Award of Excellence since the mid-2000s, and in 2005, The
Clubhouse was named one of the countrys Wine-Friendliest
Jeffrey started us out with the Duck Breast and Vegetable
appetizer ($12), tender, savory sliced duck breast with julienne
vegetables and avocado dressing wrapped in a tortilla and
a tangy Thai dipping sauce. And you can never go wrong with
Lobster Claw Cocktail ($18), fresh, sweet and cool, served
with a Cajun remoulade.
Wrapped Sea Scallops ($13) are a knockout. Giant, succulent
scallops are wrapped in thick-cut Applewood Smoked Bacon,
which is served supple and crisp; and finished with a Grand
Marnier and Molasses glaze. The combination is a smoky, sweet
and savory tour de force.
From the beginning, The Clubhouse has focused on more than
straightaway steakhouse broiler work, also opting for fresh
seafood, veal, chicken, prime pork and sauces. Seasonal fresh
produce and spices come from Labartinos garden on his
property out east, allowing the restaurant to offer an experience
most associate with Hamptons restaurants.
The Clubhouses masterwork continues to be their selection
of top-of-the-line steaks. Their menu boasts a diverse selection
of cuts ranging from filet mignon, T-bone, New York strip,
chateaubriand and porterhouse. A special offering during our
visit was the Long Bone Colorado Rib Eye for two ($90), served
on a bed of sautéed onions. Prepped with just a kosher
salt rub, its one of the juiciest, most tender cuts
steaks weve had in our travels, bursting with rich beef
flavor and magnificent in its simplicity.
Its no surprise dessert menus tend to be short at a
place where meat-eaters sit down specifically to dine on prime
cuts, but if you can, save a bit of room because there are
many treats to be had. Desserts are in the $8 range, and include
offerings like Geraldines classic Pecan Pie, a nutty,
balanced presentation that hits the sweet tooth just right
without overwhelming it. Hollys homemade New York Style
cheesecake is rich, and creamy with extra attention paid to
the crust. Tiramisu is a feather-light, melt-in-your-mouth
The Clubhouse is winding up its back-to-school, three-course
menu this Friday, which will run you $35 or $40 depending
the entrée. That clears the way for the 50th anniversary
celebration from Sept. 16-28, when diners can enjoy a starter
plate of an appetizer, soup or salad paired, with Chateaubriand
for two and lobster tails and a dessert. Its a great
time to become acquainted with The Clubhouse, or help an old
friend celebrate their longevity.
320 East Jericho Turnpike,
Atmosphere: Warm, inviting and familiar
Cuisine World-class steak, seafood and meats
Price: Apps $5-18; Entrees $22-$48
Hours: Closed Monday
Tues-Fri noon-10 p.m.
Fri noon-11 p.m.
Sat 5.-11 p.m.; Sun 4-9 p.m.