Foodies And The Lunch Bunch
By Pete & Mike/ firstname.lastname@example.org
We’re still lunching . . . It’s
the daily nourishment and business meeting to fill our stomachs
and clear daily agenda. Even with business on the mind, eating
remains one of life’s pleasures, so as we sample the
various lunch-spots of the food capital of Long Island, we
share our reactions with you. These are not the in-depth reviews
that you have come to expect of our new Foodie section, but
quickie descriptions and suggestions so that you may share
in the wonderful variety of our area’s lunchtime experience.
Skipper’s Pub; 34 Main St, Northport;
(631) 261-3589; Inexpensive; Pub
Skipper’s is a wonderful seaside pub
– only there are no water views. The ambiance, the feel,
the moment of eating at Skipper’s brings you to a waterside
New England pub even though there’s no water in sight.
If they could only move the glorious Northport Harbor view
a few hundred feet closer, Skipper’s would be ideal.
But it’s pretty darn good the way it
is. Skipper’s anchors the west end of Northport Village
and has been a favorite watering hole of locals for more than
two decades. Its dark wood interior is appropriately accented
by its nautical theme. The place is warm and cozy, but still
transmits the sense that baymen stand at the bar, brew in
hand, bragging about the day’s catch.
Skipper’s is also the place to do lunch.
Owners Paul and Marie Gallowitsch have complemented their
comfortable pub with comfort food – pub food with a
Appetizers include: bloomin’ onion
($6.95), baked clams ($6.75), calamari – fried or buffalo
style ($6.75), hot chili peppers ($6.25), moazzarella sticks
($6.75), potato skins with cheese ($6.25) and lots more.
The salads (chef, Greek, chicken, each $9.95)
are large, fresh and delicious. Chicken offerings ($9.95 each)
include parmiagiana or francaise with linguini, chicken tenders
sautéed in olives and sun dried tomatoes over pasta
or chicken Marsala. Burgers with lettuce, tomatoes, slaw and
fries are from $7.25 to $8.95.
Then there are the offerings with a seaside
flair; most served with fries and all under $10: Reefburger
(fried flounder); Trawler (fried scallops on a bun); fried
clam strips; Skipper’s club (triple deck turkey); the
rigger (turkey, swiss, tomato on pita); fish and chips; and
You get the idea. There’s good, fun
food and there are wholesome salads. There is that seaside
flavor and a pub that will take you back years during your
quick lunch at Skipper’s.
Chistopher’s, 8 Wall Street, Huntington;
(631) 271-0111, inexpensive to moderate; pub
We like this place. It’s warm, it’s
friendly, there’s an outdoor patio – they were
the first in the Village with one -- and the food is good.
Unlike many other lunch places, Christopher’s
does the regular fare with a flair – you’ll find
a different ingredient, a welcome twist or a creative turn
with every visit. There is someone in the kitchen looking
to spice up your food and your lunchtime. The regular waitress
– sorry we didn’t get her name – is delightful.
They offer the normal pub appetizers: chicken
tenders ($6); Buffalo wings ($7); mussels marinara ($9); fried
calamari ($9), or mini chicken tacos ($7).
In addition to some standards, their salads
– with a twist – include: chicken rancher (crispy
chicken, bacon, mushrooms, tomato, in Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
$8.95); warm spinach salad (chopped spinach, bacon crisps,
mushrooms, parmesan cheese drizzled with warm red onion vinaigrette;
Sean’s BBQ rancher (mesclun, tomatoes, onions, roasted
corn, cucumbers, tossed with barbeque chicken cutlet in barbeque
ranch dressing and topped with Monterrey Jack and tortilla
Our favorite is the “Whim Salad,”
the weekly changing creative offering of a whimsical kitchen
with fine taste. Ingredients, topping, cheese, dressing, presentation
and price changes significantly from week to week. It’s
always interesting and always good. We’ve had it at
least three times and although none was like the other, will
order it again – just on a whim!
Sandwiches served with exceptionally crisp
round fries, lettuce, tomato and a pickle: sliced steak ($9.95);
Philly cheese steak, ($8.95); crab cake ($8.95); grilled cheese
($5.50) turkey club ($7.95); or Christopher’s Reuben
(sounds like a marvelous creation at $9.95).
Quesadillas are offered with chips and salsa:
cheese $5.95; chicken $6.95; shrimp or steak $9.95. Wraps
with fries range from $6.95 to $11.95.
Off the Grill are burgers $8.50; shell steak
$19.95 and Patty’s No 16 Hall of Fame Ribs $19.95. A
neighboring table was raving about and devouring the ribs,
a favorite of hockey great Pat LaFontaine who ordered them
so often that the house named them in his honor.
One of us is stuck on the “Whim Salad”
and the other on the waitress – just kidding. We’ll
34 New Street; 34 New Street, (631) 427-3434;
inexpensive; neighborhood Italian
It took us more than one visit to realize
that 34 New Street was indeed located at, well… 34 New
You enter through their front, a pizza parlour
and pass a dining room on the right – more formal than
the boxlike room where you are seated for lunch. White tablecloths
covered with white paper dress up the backroom pizza atmosphere.
The food however takes no backseat.
Intriguing appetizers include orange-sesame
Calamari ($8); Buffalo Wings ($6); Sweet Brie with Almonds
on crisp grilled flatbread ($6 for one, $10 for two) and seafood
A half a dozen wraps are offered ($6-9) including
grilled chicken and Portobello; salmon and grilled vegetables;
shrimp, crab and avocado.
A wonderful variety of salads are available
(none higher than $10): wilted spinach and bacon; warm goat
cheese and mesclun; chicken, Portobello, pine nuts. But our
favorite is the chopped salad ($8) romaine, mesclun, tomatoes,
cucumber, red onions, roasted red peppers, black olives and
feta with Zinfandel vinaigrette – we have it without
the olives and love it!
There are several pastas: penne primavera
or a la vodka ($7 half order, $13 full); or linguini with
white clam sauce ($9, 16). Burgers: half-pounder ($10) or
quarter ($6) and an intriguing Eddie & Raymond’s
Authentic Cuban sandwich ($7) grilled, pressed roast pork,
ham, mortadella, Swiss cheese, pickles, and mustard on French
From the front counter, you can order from
an award-winning selection of creative personal pizzas --
traditional and gourmet styles ($6-$11). For the carb crazy
-- like one of us -- they offer whole wheat dough which complements
the Andouille sausage beautifully. Calzone, stuffed breads
are also available.
Conceived as a place where everyone can find
something to enjoy, regardless of their palate or mood, the
quality and variety of Chef Richard Niznik’s kitchen
at 34 New Street will bring you back time and again.