STAR SIGHTINGS: Either
Huntington is becoming celebrity central, or restaurant owners
have learned to keep a camera behind the bar. Some recent
sightings in the neighborhood: Billy Joel enjoyed the rib-eye
and Cabernet Sauvignon at Prime (117 New York Ave., Huntington
631-385-1515 www.restaurantprime.com) on Sunday, Oct. 11.
A night earlier, the Piano Man was seen with friends at Porto
Vivo (7 Gerard St., Huntington 631-385-8486, www.porto-vivo.com),
one of many famous faces at this new hotspot. Fashion designer
and Project Runway winner Christian Siriano dined last Thursday
with Project Runway designer Victorya Hong, former contestant
and model Jacquelin Miranne and Porto Vivo owners Joy Mangano
and Philipp Seipelt. Last Sunday, Miss New York Alyse
Zwick had lunch after her appearance at the Long Island Fall
Festival at Huntington. And finally, Mario Lopez, of Dancing
With the Stars fame, followed a book signing event at Book
Revue with a meal at Besito (402 New York Ave, Huntington
www.besitomex.com) this past Sunday. Lopez and
three friends enjoyed Besitos signature guacamole and
PIZZA FOR A YEAR: The restaurant trade has been rockin
during Dine Huntington Restaurant Week. Organized by the Huntington
Township Chamber of Commerce and Long Islander Newspapers
with support from sponsor Lexus of Massapequa, the 12-day
celebration finishes up Friday night, Oct. 23. The excitement
will continue as diners post their reviews to the DineHuntington
Facebook fan page. The writer of the best review will win
a pizza a week for a year from Juniors/Almarco in Huntington.
Find your restaurant at www.DineHuntington.com and make the
most of the two nights remaining.
NEW HONU MENU: Theres a new menu at HONU Kitchen
& Cocktails (363 New York Ave., Huntington 631-421-6900
www.honukitchen.com). The restaurant that first launched as
Blue Honu had a Hawaiian theme until a 2007 makeover launched
the small plate craze. Now owners John and David Tunney and
John Reiger are returning to the comfort of American fare.
Chef Matthew Lakes new menu of American cuisine features
substantial starters, entrees and sides at affordable prices. Many
small plate items are still on the menu as starters or entrees. Entrées
include one side dish, and additional sides are $6, which
are enough to share between two people. Diners want
more for their money, said John Tunney. By increasing
our portion size, adding sides and keeping our prices affordable
we can welcome more guests, especially on weeknights.
TUPPERWARE PARTY: Ripe Art Gallery in Greenlawn is
hosting a Tupperware Party with Long Islands own Aunt
Barbara. The self-proclaimed Queen of Tupperware sales
will be hawking the plastic food savers personally Saturday,
Oct. 24 at 8 p.m. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m.
BOOK SIGNING EVENT: Long Island author Darren Sardelli
will sign copies of his childrens book, Galaxy
Pizza and Meteor Pie on Saturday, Oct. 24 from 11 a.m.
to 3 p.m. at Caffe Portofino (249 Main St., Northport 631-262-7656).
We cant tell you what the books about, but it
has food in the title and a nifty illustration on the cover.
KIDS EAT FREE: This Halloween, Applebees (360
Walt Whitman Rd., Huntington Station 631-427-3504) will treat
all costumed kids to a free meal. Families who dine at Applebees
anytime on Saturday, Oct. 31 will receive up to four free
kids meals with each adult entrée purchase. The
free meal is valid for children in costume, ages 12 and under,
on any Applebees Kids Menu entrée,
dine-in only. Before your pirates and princesses start
gobbling up mouthfuls of sweets, well be happy to treat
them to a nourishing meal, said General Manager Mark
Windhurst. Were looking forward to seeing the
kids in costume and celebrating this neighborhood fun together.
READY FOR MORE? Foodies, rejoice. Though Huntington
Restaurant Week is coming to a close Friday night, Oct. 23,
another restaurant food fest is coming our way. The fourth
annual Long Island Restaurant Week will be presented by WordHampton
Public Relations, Nov. 1-8, 2009. For eight days, Sunday to
Sunday, all participating restaurants offer a three-course
prix fixe for $24.95 all night, except Saturday when it will
be offered only until 7 p.m. More than 200 restaurants Islandwide
are participating, including some of the top restaurants in
Huntington Township, the restaurant capital of Long Island.
A list of participating restaurants and downloadable menus
are at www.longislandrestaurantweek.com.
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