MOTHER'S DAY SPECIALS: Tutto Pazzo (84 New York Ave., Huntington
631-271-2253 www.tuttopazzo.com) will offer its over-the-top
Sunday brunch buffet on Mothers Day for $39 per person
($19 per child). The full buffet is offered in two seatings,
11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; the regular menus available after
1 p.m. Tell Luigi and Joey the Foodies sent you. Macs
Steakhouse (12 Gerard St., Huntington 631-549-5300 www.macssteakhouse.com)
puts out the Farmers Brunch spread for Mothers
Day seatings at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.; or a buffet brunch
with carving stations from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Three-course
Mothers Day specials on the dinner menu include roast
prime rib dinner ($34.95) and Macs famous surf and turf,
a lobster tail and filet mignon ($39.95). Besito (402 New
York Ave., Huntington 631-549-0100) is offering up tacos de
papa y chorizo ($18) for their brunch special - potato and
chorizo sausage served with Mexican scrambled eggs and fresh
tropical fruit; for dinner, enjoy huevos rancheros ($13),
two fried eggs over fresh tamale cakes topped with salsa ranchera
and queso fresco.
JONATHANS PRIX FIXE: Jonathans Ristorante (15
Wall St., Huntington 631-549-0055) celebrates Mothers
Day with a special prix fixe menu from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. ($29
for brunch, $16 for children under 10, plus tax and tip).
Appetizers include a choice of minestrone soup or gazpacho,
mozzarella di bufala, spiced artichokes salad, fritto di calamari,
smoked salmon with creme fraiche, caviar and baby arugula,
baby artichokes alla Romana, Caesar salad or Maryland crab
cake. For a main course, consider homemade waffles with blueberries
and vanilla gelato; frittata primavera with goat cheese, tomato
and arugula salad; French toast with strawberries and vanilla
gelato; organic chicken breast with green peppercorn sauce;
Scottish salmon with fig Balsamic and baby root vegetables;
gnocchi Bolognese or grilled shrimp over baby arugula, beets,
corn and avocado. Dessert is a choice of panna cotta, flourless
chocolate cake, gelato or sorbet.
MOMS LOVE CUPCAKES: Especially the extra-fancy, girly ones
youll find at Caffe Portofino (249 Main St., Northport
631-262-7656) especially for Mom. Hand-decorated butterfly
or hydrangea cupcakes are beautifully packaged with ribbon
and a special card. Mom might think theyre too beautiful
DONT MISS FRAPPY HOUR: As many of us are
scrimping and saving on calories ahead of summer beach season,
this might be the cruelest promotion ever but boy,
is it tasty! If you have not yet partaken in Frappuccino Happy
Hour (or frappy hour) at one of the towns
many Starbucks Coffee shops, visit from 3-5 p.m. through May
13 (this Sunday) to get half-off on your favorite frappuccino.
Or try the new cookie crumble frappuccino, a chocolate lovers
dream with mocha, vanilla syrup, Frappuccino chips, Starbucks
signature Frappuccino Roast coffee and milk blended with ice
and topped with whipped cream and chocolate cookie crumbles.
Quite frankly, if that doesnt put some pep in your step,
call it a weekend.
IT PAYS TO WORK OUT: Porto Vivo (7 Gerard St., Huntington
631-385-8486 www.porto-vivo.com) is making your workout worth
it. The Huntington hotspot is offering a special deal to New
York Sports Club members. Show your NYSC membership ID for
10 percent off the food portion of your restaurant tab. Go
ahead, eat. You can work it off later.
TWO LOAVES ARE BETTER:
than one. Which is why we love
Thursdays at Copenhagen Bakery (75 Woodbine Ave., Northport,
631-754-3256 www.copenhagenbakery.net). Every Thursday is
two-for-one bread day at Copenhagen. Its a great time
to stock up for the weekend.
NoLa IN YOUR BACKYARD: New Orleans may be almost 24 hours
away by car, but its possible to get great Bayou flavor
just minutes from Huntington. Maras Homemade (236 W.
Jericho Turnpike, Syosset 516-682-9200) sells three pounds
of crawfish, boiled in Cajun spices and presented in a large
bucket for $30. Just in case thats not enough
and they will do doggy bags for an extra $5
theyll throw potatoes, corn on the cob and mushrooms
into the bucket. Dont expect to eat and run, though;
crawfish are a southern delicacy that take some time to master.
The general concept is to hold the head in one hand and the
tail in the other, gently twist and pull the tail off, peel
back the shell from the widest part down, and enjoy. Dont
even think about using a fork, and keep a supply of napkins
LOVE THAT PRIX FIXE: Lovers of prix fixe dining deals will
find plenty to love about XO Wine and Chocolate Bar (69 Wall
St., Huntington 631-549-7074 www.xowinebar.com). For $24.95,
select from appetizers, including: Caesar Salad, Goat Cheese
Salad, Jumbo Lump Crab Cake, Pulled Pork Dumplings and Mac
N Cheese. For your entrée, choose from:
Pan Seared Salmon; Chicken Rollatini, Grilled Skirt Steak,
Sesame Crusted Yellowfin Tuna, Mezza Luna and the XO Burger.
Finish off with chocolate soufflé, crème brulee,
sorbet or gelato. Prix fixe dining is available Sunday-Thursday,
and Friday and Saturday until 6:30 p.m.
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