GO BLOND: The sign
in the window at 335 Main Street in Huntington village simply
says: Blond. Spring 2009. The Miller Place-based
restaurant, which the New York Times noted is sophisticated
enough for the Hamptons despite its location in a Miller
Place strip mall, is taking over the space that housed first,
Asta, and later, the short-lived Mimos. Newsday said
of Blond: Outside the door youre in a Miller Place
strip mall, but inside youre in an upscale Manhattan
This is a place for those who know and enjoy
fine food. A virtual visit to www.blondrestaurant.com
reveals a sophisticated menu, classy yet comfortable décor,
and live music Fridays and Saturdays. Hopefully theyll
bring that to Huntington as well.
THE SHACK IS BACK: Used to be you knew The Shack (1
Stonyhollow Rd, Centerport, www.theshack.org) was open for
the season when the motorcycles started showing up alongside
the place on Sunday afternoons. Now you can just check the
website, which currently declares We are open.
When a Shack attack hits and you just gotta have those clams,
a burger and fries, theyre open every day from 11 a.m.
to 10 p.m.
PRIME LUNCH: Summer must be just around the corner
Prime An American Kitchen and Bar (117 New York Avenue,
www.restaurantprime.com) is serving lunch, Monday through
Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy Executive Chef Gregg
Laulettas lunch menu outdoors on the terrace and dockside.
The lunch menu includes primers and salads, raw bar items,
mizu sushi, and full dishes. The name at Prime says it all:
prime ingredients make a great meal. The tuna is sushi-grade,
the steak sandwich uses filet mignon, the Chicken BLT
Avocado uses applewood-smoked bacon, and the Long Island Lobster
well, what more is there to say? Try Prime for
lunch every day but Sunday when, from 11:30 to 3 the Jazz
Brunch is on the menu.
FIVE-STAR: Congratulations to Matto (104 No. Main Street,
East Hampton 631-329-0200 www.mattorestaurant.com) on earning
the Five Star Diamond Award from The American Academy of Hospitality
Sciences. The award puts Matto on an exclusive list. Other
recipients all in Manhattan are: Alain Ducasse,
Essex House; Bryant & Cooper Steakhouse; Spice Market;
Daniel; David Burke & Donatella; Jean Georges; Le Cirque
2000; Uncle Jacks Steakhouse; and Gilt Restaurant; as
well top properties such as Trump International, The New York
Palace and The Carlyle.
TOP BRUNCH: One of our favorite Foodie websites, GAYOUT.com,
has named Garden City Hotel (45 Seventh Street, Garden City
516-747-3000 www.gardencityhotel.com) a top 10 brunch hotel
in America. If youve enjoyed Sunday brunch at the hotels
Polo Restaurant, you dont need a food blog to tell you.
Under the direction of Executive Chef Steven De Bruyn, also
a Belgian Master Chef, for the second year, the Polo Room
singularly represents New York in a round-up of the countrys
top luxury hotel brunches this year. Eponymously named, GAYOT.com
provides resources on dining, hotels, travel and lifestyle.
Andre Gayot who, with his friends Henri Gault and Christian
Millau, coined and promoted the term Nouvelle Cuisine in the
early 1970s has been directing sophisticated travelers
to the worlds best restaurants, hotels, shops, sightseeing
and cultural attractions for more than 45 years. After years
of publishing guidebooks, GAYOT.com launched in 2002.
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