It’s That Time Of Year Again…
By Leah & Alesar/
The sun sets over the water as you sip your
cocktail on the patio. As the warm glow of the sun fades into
a cool evening you and your dining companions step inside
Mill Pond House for an exquisitely prepared dinner. What a
way to start the season.
The Mill Pond House in Centerport is known for its fine food,
drinks and locale, even named by AOL City Guide as the best
outside dining on Long Island for 2007, but the restaurant
is easier to access right now while the weather is still a
little cool by night fall.
Inside the red sconces set a romantic ambience, never mind
the gorgeous view from the panoramic windows on the upper
and lower floors.
We treated ourselves to succulent baked clams casino ($10)
but caught a few glimpses of what other people were enjoying
nearby. Fresh mozzarella was piled high with roasted peppers,
beefsteak tomatoes, and red onions artistically wrapped with
thin slices of prosciutto ($12). The shrimp cocktail came
with four larger-than-jumbo shrimp.
The only menu item named after the restaurant is the Mill
Pond House Salad ($12) with large chunks of chilled shrimp,
string beans, beets, bacon, new potatoes, onions and goat
cheese. Although we questioned the combination at first we
were quite pleased with the mix of flavors.
But the climax of the meal was not reached until we shared
the fusilli and sautéed lobster meat entree ($19) upon
recommendation of our waiter, Michael. It was prepared in
a cognac cream sauce and tossed with slivered shitake mushrooms
and asparagus. We decided it was the best pasta we have eaten
this year bar none.
A special of the evening was a pan seared wild striped bass
($28), which was served with a thick crabmeat crust and a
creamy lobster sauce.
Another highlight of the night was the crispy roasted half
Long Island duck ($27) with a sour cherry demi glace. It was
also the highlight of my lunch the next day, since indulging
all evening long it was a plentiful portion and more than
worth taking home.
The dessert list was mouth watering; a peanut butter mousse
caught my eye but as previously mentioned, I could not eat
another bite. We will definitely be heading back to try
it, but we might wait until it’s warm enough to take
our after dinner drinks outside.
Mill Pond House also offers an extensive lunch menu for the
set price of $18.95.
It offers a choice of New England Clam Chower, the soup of
the day, classic Caesar salad, chopped salad or bruschetta,
an entrée, dessert, and hot coffee or tea.
The entrees run the gamet and to my delight, the fabulous
fusilli with lobster meat is an option! Entrees also include
a seared tuna wrap with seaweed salad and wasabi vinaigrette
and a 12 oz. New York Sirlion, among many others.
Mill Pond House
437 East Main Street
Centerport NY 11721
Cuisine: Seafood, steaks
and raw bar
Price: Moderately Expensive
Open seven days a week
Lunch: Noon- 4p.m.
4 p.m. – 10 p.m.
4 p.m. – 11 p.m.