Real Estate For Dining
By The Foodies./ firstname.lastname@example.org
IWalk through the double-doors
at Macs Steakhouse in Huntington village, and whether
youre off to the bar for happy hour or the dining room
for a meal, youll feel quickly at home. And thats
just how proprietor Mark Gelish wants it to be.
Gelish, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America with
40 years of experience in the business, has been running Macs
for the last four years. Since taking the wheel, he has focused
on value and freshness, emphasizing all-natural, from-scratch
fare. Chef Raphael Salermons menu showcases top-notch
selections from land and sea married with flavors that accentuate
and elevate without overwhelming.
Gelish got us started with fresh raisin bread and warm, buttery
house rolls infused with a bit of garlic. Spinach, Crab and
Goat Cheese Dip ($10) is a popular bar appetizer for sharing
and great wherever you sit, with crisp, substantial kettle
chips for scooping up the savory blend.
Boneless Braised Short Rib ($12) is another winning starter,
with tender grilled beef dressed in rosemary demi stock and
paired with zesty, yet smooth, creamy horseradish sauce. Sautéed
Calamari ($11) is tender and delicious in garlic, plum tomatoes
and a rich lobster sauce a welcome twist on a staple.
Many of these appetizers are meant for sharing, so keep an
eye out when you order. Also consider Macs many rare
selections, as well as an extensive raw bar.
For our main course, we took a journey from surf to the butchers
block. From the Macs Catch section comes
decadent Sautéed Shrimp and Lobster ($31), a hearty
combination of a tender, buttery 1-1/4 lb. lobster and a trio
of juicy jumbo shrimp, presented elegantly atop vegetable
risotto. From Macs Grille, delight in finger-licking
Grilled Lamb Chops ($41), a half-dozen melt-in-your-mouth
lamb lollipops over terrific honey-infused sweet
potato mash, asparagus spears cooked just right and a sour-cream
mint jelly crème for a subtler take on lambs
Of course, it wouldnt be a trip to Macs without
enjoying all-natural, grass-fed steaks, and their impossibly
tender 28 oz. bone-in ribeye ($44) was, quite simply, a knockout.
Simple presentation allows the top-notch beef, flavorful and
fresh, to shine through and enjoy the spotlight it richly
deserves. Consider pairing your steak selection with sides
like surprisingly light, flavorful Black Truffle Mac &
Cheese ($9, serves two).
Decadent upside-down cheesecake, served atop a thin graham
cracker crust, is a great way to close out your meal. So too
is sweet and creamy crème brûlée. Chocolate
lovers can get behind warm, fudgy flourless chocolate cake.
If youre in town for the St. Patricks Day Parade,
look for the tent outside Macs, which teams with the
Ancient Order of Hibernians each year during the parade. And
with Gelishs enthusiasm for the restaurant business
and stepping it up to a new level, we expect hell be
here supporting them for years to come.
12 Gerard St., Huntington village
Atmosphere: Intimate and inviting
Cuisine: All-natural steak, seafood and sides
Hours: Mon-Thurs 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.;
Fri-Sat: 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.;
Sun: 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. (brunch until 2:30 p.m.)