BILLYS IN THE HOUSE: Talk about discreet
superstar Billy Joel dined upstairs at Porto Vivo (7 Gerard
St., Huntington 631-3858486 www.porto-vivo.com) Friday night
to celebrate girlfriend Alexis Rodericks 30th birthday,
and other than restaurant staff, no one seemed to even know
the Piano Man was in the house. Chalk one up for Porto Vivo
staff who managed to let the singer/songwriter keep a low
profile. Roderick, who lives in Centerport and works for Morgan
Stanleys Garden City office, once confessed to the Daily
News that she and Joel met at a restaurant in Huntington.
She didnt say which one but Porto Vivo is clearly a
favorite. For her party held on the restaurants third
floor, Executive Chef Giuseppe Napoli prepared a menu with
wines of Italy that gave the party a taste of just about everything.
A selection of passed hors doeuvres included Porto Vivos
signature crispy grilled artichoke and goat cheese; moved
on to appetizers of grilled tiger prawn or smoked salmon;
a middle course of mushroom and asparagus risotto; and entrees:
filet mignon with a Barolo sauce, seared sea scallops with
sautéed spinach, or pan-roasted chicked with pumpkin
ravioli, spicy cashews and Swiss chard. For dessert, guests
had strawberry and white-chocolate Napolean or Joys
creamy cheesecake, Porto Vivo owner Joy Manganos recipe.
Following a lengthy and paparazzi-free dinner, Joel and his
girl managed to slip out of the restaurant and into a waiting
SUV practically unnoticed.
BEL POSTO DOES BRUNCH: Bel Posto (15 New St., Huntington 631-421-4600
www.belpostony.com) is serving brunch every Sunday from 11
a.m. to 3 p.m. A two-course prix fixe is available for $20
with unlimited mimosas, screwdrivers, Bloody Marys, fruit
juice or soft drinks. Formaggi and carni is also available
a la carte. Prix fixe includes: Antipasti: Prosciutto with
melon, salads, soup of the day or fresh fruit. Entrée:
poached eggs; eggs with pappardelle, peppers, onions and brown
butter sauce; steak and eggs frittata; omelets; French toast
with blueberries, and sweetened ricotta cheese; rigatoni with
eggplant; tortellini with smoked chicken; fresh ricotta gnocchi;
orrechiette Bolognese; Mediterranean-style grilled fish of
the day; chicken paillard; eggplant Parmesan di Modena; smoked
salmon flatbread; tuna niçoise; or prosciutto and fig
flatbread with mozzarella, olive oil and mixed greens.
WINE AND CHOCOLATE: A few of our favorite things wine
and chocolate come together at Northport Tasting Room
where Matthew, Bill and Roxanne (Northports former-mayor-turned-chocolate-sommelier)
bring together distinct global wines and organic artisan chocolates.
The next monthly class is Sunday, May 22, 4 p.m. Its
$65 for six pairings. Reserve a place at 631-261-0642.
WORLD-RECORD FOR DESSERT: As part of the many events which
will take place in the month of May to celebrate the 30th
anniversary of Tanger Outlets Centers parent company,
Steven B. Tanger will ring the closing bell on the floor of
the New York Stock Exchange on May 12. Simutaneously, an attempt
will be made to set a new record for the Guinness Book of
World Records for the World's Largest Dessert Party. Guinness
auditors will count the number of the company's party guests
simultaneously celebrating from 3-3:15 p.m. on the floor of
the NYSE, at the company's headquarters in Greensboro, NC,
and at each of Tanger Outlet Centers' 34 outlet shopping centers
in 22 states. Dessert fans can participate at both Tanger
at the Arches in Deer Park and Tanger Outlet Center in Riverhead.
HALF-PRICE WINES: HONU Kitchen & Cocktails (363 New York
Ave., Huntington 631-421-6900 www.honukitchen.com) offers
half-price wine by the glass and select bottles every Wednesday
night. Choose from the extensive wine list; see it on the
website at honukitchen.com.
PRIX FIXE AT VITAE: Vitae Restaurant & Wine Bar (54 New
St., Huntington 631-385-1919 www.vitaeny.com), newly opened
at the former Abel Conklins, offers a three-course,
prix fixe dinner, Monday and Tuesday nights at $29.95 per
person. In addition, all bottles from the wine cellar are
20% off. This spectacular newcomer to the Huntington village
restaurant scene is getting great reviews. This is a great
way to give them a try.
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