BEDLAM: Chef/owner Jonathan Passman may be sipping
too much of the Cognac sauce. The culinary force behind Bedlam
Fish & Clam Company (55 Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor.
631 692-5655) has gone creative not only with his seafood
but with his new Tuesday night promotion. Has he gotten himself
into a stew? Is something fishy? The idea is simple: dine
at the wonderful restaurant on Tuesday nights and “Pay
what you think your meal is worth.” Alcohol, tax and
tip are not included but you’ll decide how much your
dinner should cost. Just go any Tuesday night and tell them
the Foodies sent you.
PRIME PLACE: Saturday night at Prime (117
New York Avenue, Huntington, 631-385-1515, www.restaurantprime.com) is
not in the cards for the Foodies. The newest Huntington hotspot
is so hot you can’t get in on weekends. On a recent
attempt to get a Saturday night table we were told that between
6 and 10 p.m. Saturday nights are not available for five weeks.
Hey, can you make an exception for the Foodies?
MEXICAN COOKING: Learn to Cook Mexican Cuisine
with Corporate Chef Matthew Lake of Besito (402 New York Avenue,
Huntington, 631-549-0100, and 1500 Northern Boulevard, Roslyn,
516-484-3001) who will present a free cooking demonstration
at The Viking Cooking School, which is located within the
Loaves & Fishes Cookshop (835 Franklin Avenue, Garden
City 516-877-1010). On Saturday March 10 from 12 to
2 p.m. Lake will be preparing a guacamole and tortilla soup
and as well as providing an introduction to Mexican cuisine.
BAKERY BLARNEY: When Irish eyes are smiling…
it’s time to stock up on the caraway seeds. That’s
because it’s a key ingredient in Foodie favorite Irish
Soda Bread, and like corned beef and cabbage, the bread is
in demand as St. Patrick’s Day approaches. Though A
Rise Above Bake Shop makes the bread year ’round, demand
skyrockets as the Irish holiday gets closer. Instead of the
half-dozen or so loaves a day they sell on an ordinary day,
they’ll bake several hundred a day in the time between
the St. Patrick’s parade and the actual holiday, said
owner Mary Murray.
ALL THAT JAZZ: Friday and Saturday nights at
105 Harbor (Cold Spring Harbor, 631-367-3166, www.105harbor.com),
listen to Bill Jarres on Drums and a new Jazz trio or Quartette
featuring talented musicians and a vocalist on Saturdays.
Playing in the Bar Room between 7 and 11 p.m., enjoy fine
music and fine food at this beautiful scenic setting.
34 GOOD NEWS PIZZA: Gourmet Pizza in Huntington
was pioneered at Uncle Geoff’s in the Village, owned
by Geoff, the original owner of Arcade Pizza on Semon Road.
Back in the day, when Uncle Geoff’s had lines out the
door, he won numerous awards for creative pies at the Huntington
Street Festivals when they had pizza competitions. Six years
ago, Geoff and Steve Camas opened 34 New Street (34 New St.,
Huntington, 631-427-3434, www.34newstreet.com). Then in late
2001, Steve and his wife Siobhan took over the restaurant
which continues to dazzle with gourmet pizzas based on Geoff’s
original recipes and techniques, their impressive kitchen
and family friendly prices. Their pies include: Grilled Chicken
ala Vodka, Chicken Honey Dijon, Eggplant Florentine, Potato
au gratin — by the pie or by the slice. If you’ve
never had one of their pies before, stop by and they’ll
sell you a large regular pie for $5. Better yet, ask for their
Sampler Pizza for only $7.25: One quarter each of the Honey
Dijon, Eggplant Florentine, Margherita, and regular cheese.
They also list exciting weekly specials on their website.
The Foodies are regulars.
NO HOLDS BARRED: Jonathan’s Ristorante
(15 Wall Street, Huntington, 631-549-0055) has a new bar menu
with an expanded assortment of red and white wines by the
glass, ranging from $3- $12, and also 11 different beers.
The bar is open daily – noon until close Monday through
Saturday and 4:30 p.m. until close on Sundays. Bar menu: Shrimp
& Artichokes Risotto $10; Antipasto Misto $12; Sirloin
Burger with Swiss cheese, arugula salad and French fries $13;
Sandwich Vegetariano with fresh tomato, mozzarella, zucchini,
eggplant, pesto and mayo on Roma bread $11; Fritto Misto with
shrimp, calamari and zucchini $12; Shrimp Cocktail $13; Sesame
Crusted Tuna Teriyaki $14.
WILD WEDNESDAYS: It’s ladies night
every Wednesday at Wild Fin (368 New York Avenue, 631 549-5757,
www.wildfin.info) Half-price drinks for everybody but men
from 8-11pm plus live music with Peter Mazzeo and guest. See
PARTY TIME: Cafe Toscano (399 Jericho Turnpike,
Jericho, 516-931-2727) offers Party Packages starting at 29.95
per person + tax and grats which includes: Tre Colori Salad
tossed in lemon thyme vinaigrette topped with imported salatta;
Choice of penne ala vodka or penne filette classico served
al dente. Choice of three entrées: Vitello E Funghi
– veal scallopine in a brown, Marsala wine sauce topped
with Portobello, Shiitake and Garden Mushrooms; or Pollo Portofino
– chicken breast with prosciutto and homemade mozzarella,
prepared in a white wine and lemon butter sauce topped with
artichoke hearts; or Sogliona Al Limone – egg battered
fresh filet of sole served in a white wine lemon butter sauce.
Unlimited soda, iced tea and coffee. Entrée upgrades
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