LAST CHANCE: The cook
is in at Cooke's Inn (767 New York Avenue, Huntington 631-424-2181),
but not for long. Juanita Cooke is closing for good on June
20 to enjoy a second retirement, so stop in and enjoy one
last time. Friday and Saturday nights feature a piano bar.
HI-PERFORMANCE: The valet parking guys at Prime had
the night of their lives when Ferrari Maserati of Long Island
selected Prime an American Kitchen and Bar (117
New York Ave., Huntington 631-385-1515 www.restaurantprime.com)
for a party to unveil the 2009 Ferrari California. The parking
lot was packed with Ferraris, Maseratis and other high-performance
vehicles. Inside, guests snacked on canapés and cocktails,
including some created expressly for the event. Executive
Chef Gregg Laulettas hors doeuvres included a
white tuna tartar topped with a dollop of "Ferrari red"
caviar. Beverage Director Paulo Villela went with an Italian
theme for his Testarossa cocktail, a concoction of vodka,
Limoncello, Campari and cranberry juice.
NORTHPORT AL FRESCO: The decision by Northport Village
trustees to allow sidewalk and patio dining has transformed
the downtown dining scene. If the legislation was born of
the current economic downturn, we say bring on another recession.
When the weathers right and even when its
not so right foodies dining al fresco add to the villages
charm. The hottest spot is proving to be a previously unused
space adjacent to the Mara Building on Woodbine now shared
by Tims Shipwreck Diner and Maronis. Thank you,
SURVEY SAYS: Youd be hard-pressed not to find
some local winners in the fast food survey conducted by readers
of Zagats, the publisher of pocket guides for foodies.
First things first: the 6,107 people who participated in the
survey named Starbucks the best coffee, with Dunkin
Donuts finishing second. Foodwise, among mega-chains, McDonalds
took best French fry while Wendys was ranked first for
food and facilities. Subway was voted No. 1 for healthy options.
Among smaller chains (under 5,000 locations) Panera Bread
was voted most popular and No. 1 for facilities, healthy options
and salads. Milkshake mavens gave the nod to Ben & Jerrys.
California Pizza Kitchen was favored for healthy options,
and The Cheesecake Factory topped a few categories, including
best value, best coffee and best desserts.
WELL RESTED: When it comes to grilling, experts say
the secret to a juicy steak is allowing the meat to rest.
A few minutes off the grill prior to cutting allows the juices
to be reabsorbed and redistributed evenly. Unfortunately the
meat also begins to cool. Enter GrillTenders, makers of the
newest "must have" grilling accessory for tender,
juicy, steak, chicken and roasts. GrillTenders Original
Meat Resting Blanket thermally insulates meat when it comes
off the grill and allows you to rest the meat without cooling.
The GrillTender acts to keep the "heat in the meat"
while you get the rest of the meal served. Available in six
fabrics, its $34.95. Go to www.GrillTenders.com.
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