STEAK & SEAFOOD: Ruvo (63 Broadway, Greenlawn
631-261-7700 ruvorestaurant.com) is the place for steak and
seafood during June and July. Sunday through Thursday from
4 p.m., executive chef Joe DeNicola has put together a 3-course,
prix-fixe menu for $25.95 per person as follows: appetizer:
choose soup of the day, heirloom tomatoes bruschetta on garlic
crostini, or arborio rice balls; salad: choose North Fork
greens with heirloom cherry tomatoes and shaved Pecorino or
classic Caesar with ciabatta croutons, anchovies and parmesan
cheese; Entrée: Surf-and-Turf (filet mignon and shrimp
scampi); spice rubbed flat-iron steak with sweet and sour
red onion marmalade; frutti di mare, with shrimp, clams, mussels,
scallops and calamari in spicy tomato sauce over spaghetti;
steamed 1-½ lb Maine lobster with corn on the cob,
saffron butter and Dijon potato salad; cavatelli with sauteed
shrimp, plum tomatoes, spinach and white beans in light tomato
basil broth; or crabmeat-stuffed fillet of local fluke with
tomato-caper sauce and semolina couscous.
RECESSION BUSTERS: are back on the menu at Northport
Feed and Grain (73 Main St., Northport 631-651-2684 feedandgrainnorthport.com).
The dinners change weekly, so check menus on their website,
and are affordably priced. Last weeks menu included
a whole lobster and mussels special at $12.95. A 3-pounder
with all the trimmings was $34.95.
MOVIE NIGHT: Monday night is movie night at Prime
An American Kitchen and Bar (117 New York Ave., Huntington
631-385-1515 restaurantprime.com). Movies are shown in the
outdoor theater behind the cabana bar just after sunset. This
weeks flick (July 5) is the summer thriller, Jaws.
JULY 4 TREAT: The cupcake of the week at Reinwalds
Bakery (495 New York Ave., Huntington 631-424-4034 reinwaldsbakery.com)
is a patriotic red, white and blue starburst. These dazzling
confections are $1.50 apiece through July 4.
ROTARY SWITCHEROO: One of the Foodies favorite
events of the summer has picked up and moved. The Rotary Club
of Northport has traditionally held its Wine in the
Courtyard event under the tents at the Vanderbilt Museum.
This year, the blockbuster event will be held at Oheka Castle
in Cold Spring Hills. Along with the new venue comes a new
price, and the good news is its less than last year.
So save the date: Its Aug. 12, 6-10 p.m. Tickets are
$95 per person; go to www.northportrotary.com and click on
Evening at Oheka on the left. This is among the
best tasting events all year with dozens of area restaurants
dishing out their best alongside Long Islands top wineries
and spirits sellers.
GOT CHAR? Firing up the barbecue for the 4th of July?
Bobby Hesse, executive chef at Georgica and a top-five contestant
on the Fox reality show Gordon Ramsays Hells
Kitchen, shared with Long Islander Newspapers publisher
Michael Schenkler how to get that crispy steakhouse char on
your burgers when using a gas grill. Start by heating the
metal cooking grill as hot as you can, Hesse said. Turn up
the flame, put a cast-iron griddle on one side of the cooking
grill surface and close the cover. When its good and
hot, brush the grill surface with oil and drop on your burgers.
Dont touch them until theyre ready to be flipped.
Move the cast iron griddle (careful, its hot!) out of
the way, oil that side of the grill, and flip your burgers.
Put the griddle back on the side previously occupied by the
burgers and finish cooking. Youll get a burger steakhouse
style with that crispy char and those nifty grill marks. Work
on it, and after a little practice, youll be making
your burgers with crisscross grill marks.
CHOPPED TO ORDER: The Foodies cant help wonder
why the chopped salad craze hasnt quite taken hold in
Huntington. No demand? Too much extra work? The good news
is we learned that with a little cajoling, and a threat to
tell all in a newspaper column, any fine restaurant will take
a knife to their standard salad. Special thanks to Alex at
Jonathans Ristorante (15 Wall St., Huntington 631-549-0055
jonathansristorante.com) for convincing Chef Tito it was the
right thing to do. As is the case with everything from Titos
kitchen, it was delicious!
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