CREW IS NEW: Aix en Provence, the upscale French
eatery in Halesite, has a new name, new décor and new,
lower-priced menu. In fact, about the only thing thats
the same at the restaurant recently re-opened as Crew Kitchen
& Bar (134 New York Avenue, Halesite, 631-549-3338 www.crewli.com)
is the people. Aix regulars will recognize manager Remy van
Driel, but that may be all. The pricey French cuisine has
been replaced by a hearty though still somewhat haute menu
where Wild Salmon and Pistachio Crusted Red Snapper swim alongside
American favorites like Pulled Pork Pie and Buffalo Meatloaf.
NOTHER NAME CHANGE: Did we blink? No sooner did
the Foodies give a mention to Restaurant Mazzi as a favorite
place for Valentines Day then the sign came down from
in front of the Italian Restaurant, and up went the sign for
Roccos Italian Kitchen (493 Jericho Tpke., Huntington
Station, 631-421-3390). Owner Cathy Catanzaro has introduced
a lower-priced menu of Italian favorites.
JAZZ ON THE VINE: Organizers are calling it Winterfest,
but you could call the Long Island Wine Festival the East
End equivalent of a pub crawl. The event features free jazz
performances in winery tasting rooms and restaurants every
weekend through March 22. The calendar includes some 70 acts
scheduled at over 30 different venues. Visit www.liwinterfest.com.
TOP CHEF: While were on the East End, a favorite
Bridgehampton chef Jason Weiner of Almond (1970 Montauk
Hwy., Bridgehampton, 631-537-8885) will cook for the discerning
audience at James Beard House in Manhattan on Thursday, February
19th at 7 p.m.
PRIX FIXE AT HONU: Honu Kitchen and Cocktails (363
New York Ave., Huntington 631-421-6900) has unveiled a $24.95
prix fixe menu Tuesday-Sunday from 5 to 10 p.m., Saturday
from 5 to 6:30 p.m., until Saturday, March 14. The menu includes
two small plates, a choice of side and a dessert from the
THATS VINTAGE: Oenophiles or as we call
em, winophiles may want to make the trek to Bedell
Cellars (36225 Main Road, Cutchogue 631-734-7537) on Friday,
February 20, 6:30 p.m. for a rare library tasting.
Were not sure why its called that or if knowledge
of the Dewey Decimal System is required. What we do know is
that Bedell will open nine red wines from the 1993, 1994 and
1995 vintages, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Reserve Merlot
and Cupola bottlings, with commentary by Kip Bedell. Reservations
are a must and will be limited to 30 persons. Wine club
members are free; all others welcome at $25 a head.
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