Hills Grad Opens ‘Ludlow Bistro’
By Leah & Alesa/
When Brian Connelly graduated from Half Hollow
Hills High School East in 1993, he dreamt of one day opening
his own restaurant.
Yesterday, April 18, marked the one-year anniversary of Ludlow
Bistro on Deer Park Avenue, which brings the flavor of New
American cuisine to an avenue filled with fast food restaurants
Ludlow Bistro, in the building that was formerly Mulberry
Street, is the inception of Connelly and Commack High School
graduate Mathew Treanor’s combined passions.
After meeting at a restaurant in Huntington years ago, Treanor,
a chef who graduated from Johnson and Wales, and Connelly
who studied restaurant management, started to create the plans
for their ideal restaurant.
Connelly said his father Brendan, a Melville resident, is
responsible for making his dreams come true.
The atmosphere is hip and relaxed and the food has a clear
personal touch from Treanor, whose high standards are evident.
The menu dabbles in cuisines and flavors giving customers
the option to enjoy their favorite dish or try something new.
A personal pizza with sausage, mozzarella and broccoli rabe,
was the special appetizer for the night.
The Roasted Duck Wontons ($8) are a stand out for originality
and taste. The crispy wonton doesn’t overwhelm the flavor
of the duck inside and came with a jicama, endive, radish,
and blood orange salad drizzled with a port wine raspberry
sauce that compliments the wonton well.
The Lump Crab Cake ($10) was light with an abundance of flavor,
on top of a roasted corn salsa, lemon, caper and herb remoulade.
Also available is Shrimp Tempura ($10), Calamari ($9), and
Cajun Seared Tuna ($12).
The menu holds four salads, which change by the season, ranging
in price from $6-$8.
The Roasted Beet Salad ($8) is in season right now, with its
cucumbers, roasted peppers, frieze, goat cheese, walnuts,
and shallot red wine vinaigrette.
The menu also features a variety of pasta dishes ranging in
price from $13 -$18. A stand out item is the Lobster Ravioli
($18) with lump crab, sautéed spinach, roasted tomatoes,
and a white wine lemon and butter broth.
Even though Penne Vodka ($13) is fairly simple, at Ludlow
it is guaranteed to taste top notch. The Prosciutto and Fontina
Sacatini ($18) comes with grilled chicken, roasted peppers,
asparagus, black olives and a goat cheese cream sauce.
The most popular entrée is the Almond Crusted Chilean
Sea Bass ($26) with roasted corn, shitake mushrooms and sun-dried
tomatoes in a red wine reduction.
Even at some of the best restaurants, sea bass is often saturated
in butter or sauce.
Here, the natural flavor is paired with a toasted almond crunch
that changed opinions about the fish itself.
The corn, mushroom and sun-dried tomato blend was unique,
something Rachael Ray might cook up, and something we will
try to attempt at home. Although Treanor said that fish is
his forte, we tried a rack of lamb, with mashed potatoes and
broccoli rabe that showed he could do anything well.
It was one of a few specials for the evening, including a
Cajun-seared rib eye steak and a boneless duck.
The first year has been hard, but worth every moment for these
two young men who have spent their entire lives on Long Island.
Both of these guys are perfectionists in what they do. With
their passions combined, they have created an overall wonderful
1945 Deer Park Avenue
Deer Park, New York 11729
Atmosphere: Modern, Casual
Cuisine: New American
Open for lunch