71: In any restaurant, the table nearest the bathrooms
or the kitchen are considered the worst tables in the house.
At Huntington hot spot Blue Honu, the restrooms are tucked
far enough from the dining areas to not be an issue. But the
kitchen… that’s a different story. The table right
next to Blue Honu’s open grill area is known on the
restaurant’s seating charts as Table 71. It’s
right next to the sometimes very noisy kitchen, and the traffic
passing by the table is often so intense that wait staff practically
create wind gusts as they fly past. Yet many of Blue Honu’s
regulars actually request Table 71 when they’re making
reservations. Why . . . “Anybody who sits there gets
the royal treatment,” explained a restaurant spokesperson.
If the chef is slicing up a tenderloin, a few slices will
be thrown to the “poor souls” at Table 71. Extra
appetizers, desserts… not to mention the extra attention,
make the worst table in the house the one that’s most
in demand. So ask for it by name… and tell them the
Foodie guys sent you.
NEW PASTRY SHOP: Word on
the Foodie street has Fiorello Dolce, an upscale pastry shop,
scheduled to open this month, a few doors down from Off The
Wall. The proprietors, we are told, are the folks from Huntington’s
Red on New York Avenue. They will be serving retail and the
trade with Italian and American pastries including: croissants,
brioche, tarts, cakes, chocolates, truffles, gelato and cookies
all to be made on premises.
PAN ASIAN: The newly renovated
Sitar Restaurant (665 West Jericho Turnpike, 631-271-8600)
has recently added a Pan Asian menu to their existing Indian
fare. They are offering for the sixth year, a Mother's day
brunch/lunch buffet as well as a dinner buffet with about
50 items featuring several different stations with chefs cooking
in front of the guests.
MEET ME AT FINNEGAN'S: The
Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce, which is what they’re
calling themselves again these days, has scheduled its next
Business After Hours networking event for this Tuesday, May
9 at Finnegan’s (5 Wall St., 631-423-9696) in Huntington
Village. The Chamber’s meet-and-greet events are part
social occasion, part business, and always a good time. Chamber
members (and who can say if a few non-members stop in) will
begin to fill the venerable watering hole at 5:30 p.m. and
we’ll venture to say that many will be quite surprised
at the turn the place has taken. In most ways it’s the
same Finnegan’s as we know it, but since Lessing’s
brought their culinary expertise to the premises, the bar
is earning a reputation for excellent dining. So stop by…
maybe you'll run into the Foodies.
WHITMAN MALL IS COOKING:
Food fans can enjoy a unique, free, day-long, celebration
of food, wine and cooking at Walt Whitman Mall on Saturday,
May 13, 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Host of Food Network’s
“Sara’s Secrets,” celebrity chef Sara Moulton,
chef of the executive dining room at Gourmet magazine and
food editor for ABC-TV's Good Morning America, will highlight
the live cooking performance event hosted by TV host Bill
Boggs. The event also will feature culinary demonstrations
by local popular chefs including Tom Schaudel, executive chef
and/or owner of several of Long Island exciting restaurants
including Huntington’s Rockfish, as well as Syosset’s
Coolfish; Guy Reuge, chef/owner of Mirabelle in St. James;
Zane Smith, chef at Oyster Bay’s Wild Honey; and others.
You’ll enjoy food and beverage sampling, sponsor pavilions,
wine seminars, cookbook sales, autograph and book signings
and other fun culinary.
BEER FEST: The first Long
Island Beer Festival will be held on Friday, May 12, 6 to
10 pm at the Hilton Long Island Hotel in Melville. Tickets
($45; designated drivers $10) are available online at.longislandbeerfestival.com.
The festival will benefit North Shore Animal League in Port
Washington – the world's largest no-kill pet rescue
and adoption organization which is worthy of your support.
The Beer Fest will bring together for the tasting, hundreds
of exclusive gourmet beers and samplings of the specialties
of dozens of Long Island’s finest restaurants. Also,
tutored tastings, guest speakers, and live music!
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