BRUNCH WITH SANTA: Santa must like the new brunch menu at
Porto Vivo (7 Gerard St., Huntington 631-385-8486 www.porto-vivo.com).
The big man will be at the restaurant to greet children from
10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays, Dec. 11 and 18. Children
who wish to visit with Santa are asked to bring a new, unwrapped
toy which will be donated to Huntington Hospitals Dolan
Family Health Center. Porto Vivo is debuting its new Two
Sides to Brunch menu, featuring their interpretations
of classic brunch selections, like eggs baked in prosciutto
($12); Brioche French toast with Kahlua infused cream cheese
($8); The Benedict, with pancetta and lobster hollandaise
on foccacia ($14); as well as traditional entrees like branzino
filet with fingerling potatoes and broccoli rabe ($18), and
ravioli stuffed with sheeps milk ricotta smoked mozzarella
and spinach, with asparagus and shaved truffles ($14). Tell
Santa the Long Islander Foodies sent you!
THE SEE FOOD DIET: One of the oldest one-liners
in comedy goes like this: the comedian says, Im
on a seafood diet I see food and I eat
it. That was kind of the reaction patrons had to the
seafood sampler, a new menu addition at Neraki Greek Mediterranean
Grill (273 Main St., Huntington 631-385-3474 www.neraki.com).
Chef owner Alex Moschos said that many patrons who saw the
dish being served at nearby tables ordered it for themselves.
The sampler is a broiled seafood platter with a flounder filet,
shrimp, sweet scallops, crabmeat stuffed tomato and
the star of the show an 8-oz. Brazilian lobster tail,
with a vegetable on the side (broccoli rabe on the night we
were there). Like everything at Neraki, freshess and simple
preparation allow the seafood to star.
BREAKFAST IS SERVED: One of the Foodies favorite sandwich
shops is now serving breakfast. The boys at Roast Sandwich
House (827 Walt Whitman Road, Melville 631-629-4869 www.roastsandwichhouse.com)
caught our attention with some of the best fresh made sandwiches
in town when they opened at the old Dinos joint. They
showed us what a difference gourmet fresh, quality ingredients
can make for a sandwich, and now what they did for lunch theyre
doing for breakfast. Heres a sampling: fried eggs and
ham on brioche with cheddar and hollandaise sauce ($4.49);
Tuscan Panini with scrambled eggs, red peppers, baby spinach
and truffle aioli ($4.49); or the Rustic Scrambled - scrambled
eggs, applewood smoked bacon, mushrooms, potato hash and Swiss
on sour dough toast ($4.29). They start serving from 7 a.m.
Monday through Saturday. Breakfast will never be the same.
PRIME CHRISTMAS EVE: Prime An American Kitchen and
Bar (117 New York Ave., Huntington 631-385-1515 www.restaurantprime.com)
is open for a very special Christmas Eve dinner beginning
at 1 p.m. Dec. 24. Chef Gregg Lauletta will prepare specials
in addition to the a la carte menu. These include foie gras
terrine shallot confit, mustard greens and toast points ($19);
oysters Rockefeller ($16); Alaskan king crab medallions with
salsify, leeks, black trumpet mushroom risotto with black
truffle sauce ($49) and chocolate raspberry torte raspberry
coulis, anglaise ($11).
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