SEAFOOD DISCOVERY: Jeffs Seafood a
mainstay for fresh seafood in Halesite has brought
a bit of the harborfront to Jericho Turnpike with the opening
of a store at Elwood Road and Jericho Turnpike. With seafood
as fresh and reliable as the mother store, Jeffs Seafood
& Galley (1965 Jericho Tpke, E. Northport 631-858-2393)
goes one step further with the galley part. Actually,
its a handful of varnished tables and a nautical mural
where Elwood insiders have learned is the place for inexpensive,
simply prepared fresh seafood. Appetizers include steamers,
clams on the half shell, meaty crab cakes and clams oreganata.
Fried fish, clams or scallops can be enjoyed as a sandwich
or plate, and at $11.95, the lobster roll may be the best
bargain in town. Broiler specialties include salmon, swordfish,
tuna, seabass, shrimp or scallops, and seasonal catch-of-the-day,
prepared with your choice of miso glaze, mint gremolato, New
Orleans or scampi style. Tell them the Foodies sent you.
TAKEOUT SCRAMBLE: With the closing of Renaissance Gourmet
in Huntington village, working Foodies are scrambling for
new take-out sources that are convenient, and more importantly,
good enough to feed your family. Our favorite is still Southdown
Marketplace (205 Wall St., Huntington 631-351-9660) in the
Southdown shopping center. Prepared takeout foods are good
enough that you could get away with saying you cooked them
yourself, and a variety of wraps and sandwiches and sushi
means everyone can leave happy. Our favorite: the Mandarin
Chicken salad, a crusty roll and a container of that cant-get-enough-of-it
wild rice salad.
HAUTE DOGS: Forget the controversy over whether Citicorp
can still afford naming rights for the Mets new stadium, folks
ought to be worrying that the hot dog could go the way of
the Dodo there. Hoping to turn the stadium into a year-round
attraction, the baseball franchise incorporated some upscale
dining into the new Citifield stadium. Among the offerings,
David Pasternack, who the New York Times called the undisputed
king of seafood and whose partners in NYC-based Esca restaurant
include celebrity chefs Mario Batali and Lydia Bastianich,
will open a fish shack at Citifield. Hes thinking simple
fare like fried clams and the like. Do what you like, guys,
just as long as we can still load some kraut on a hot dog.
DROWN YOUR SORROWS: Recession woes arent keeping
wine lovers away from their favorite vino. In fact, remodeling
industry trade groups report that many homeowners are building
wine rooms so they can enjoy their favorite vintages at home.
And according to the National Association of the Remodeling
Industry (NARI), its one of those home improvements
that holds its value when its time to sell your home.
PRIX FIXE: Ruvo Restaurant (63 Broadway, Greenlawn 631-261-7700)
offers a dinner prix fixe menu, Sunday through Wednesday.
Appetizer, entrée and dessert is $26 per person, plus
tax and tip.
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