NEW AT JONATHAN’S: What’s happening at
Jonathan’s Restaurant? The first class Wall Street,
Huntington, (631 549-0055) eatery closed for a few days last
week and caused a stir in the foodie community. All is well
and owner Roberto Ornato and chef Tito Onofre are back. They
reopened after four days of around-the-clock work with some
renovations to the back of the restaurant, including an Italian
stone floor, and new back entrance featuring a renovated mahogany
coffee bar area. The addition of mirrors and scones soften
the already pleasant mood to complement the exquisite menu
offerings. See you there!
STARBUCKS LIGHT: Staying ahead or creating
the curve has since its 1971 founding, been Starbuck’s
trademark in the coffee industry. Just last week, we noticed
a sign saying something like: “Our new default milk
is 2% milk. If you want whole milk, you must ask,” attached
to the barista counter in our favorite break spot in the Village.
We noted the ongoing commitment to the cause of health by
abandoning whole and replacing it with 2% fat content but
were equally intrigued with the application of semi techno-linguistics
to food stuff. Default, appropriately describes the standard
option if nothing else is specified, but the folks at The
Long Islander never envisioned “default fries”
with a burger or “medium-rare” as the “default”
steak. Those Starbucks folks are trailblazers – in language
AY CARAMBA!: Yup, that’s the name of
the new exciting restaurant where Viva Juan used to mix it
up (441 East Main Street, Centerport, 631 261-2828, email@example.com).
New owners Mark and Martie Weiner have brought with them new
décor, menu and Mexican flair.
A TOAST: Robert Palmer of Huntington has
something to raise a glass to. His Palmer Vineyards 2005 Reserve
Char-donnay won a gold medal at the prestigious International
Eastern Wine Competition. The winery, which is located on
the North Fork of Long Island, also took a silver medal for
its 2005 Sauvignon Blanc and a bronze for its 2003 Merlot.
One of the oldest and largest competitions in the United States,
this event is held each May in Watkins Glen in the Finger
Lakes region of New York, topping over 2,100 entries in recent
years with wines from 16 countries and 34 states. Palmer Vineyards
produced 700 cases of the gold medal winning 2005 Reserve
Chardonnay, which retails for $16.99 per 750ml bottle. This
wine balances ripe pear and butterscotch flavors with the
toasty aromas of 100 percent French oak fermentation.
PARTY TIME: Whether you are having a
few couples over for dinner, or are trying to plan your parent’s
anniversary celebration, Bedlam Street Fish and Clam Company
(55 Main St, Cold Spring Harbor, 631 692-5655, bedlamstreet.com)
has a catering menu for you. They’ll design a menu
and specific dishes that will suit your tastes and the feel
of your event whether you’re entertaining at home, at
another facility or in their dining room. And they’re
offering “Lobster Bakes To Go,” a fun and delicious
way to enjoy the best of a Long Island tradition in your own
home. The package includes steamed lobsters, clams, corn
on the cob, drawn butter, cole slaw, baked potatoes and everything
you’ll need to enjoy a memorable meal at home.
LIVE MUSIC: Café Toscano (399 Jericho
Tpke., Jericho 516-931-2727) is doing it live, Tuesdays at
6 pm, and there’s great food too. Eat and party!
WHAT’S BREWING? Men’s Journal’s
third annual survey pronounced that American craft
brewing has come of age. “Adventuresome brewers are
now producing beers that are at once mind-bendingly flavorful
and perfectly refreshing on a hot afternoon.” One of
their top 25 is Long Island brewed: Southampton Double White.
You can find Southampton Beers and Ales locally. Ask for it
at Canterbury Ales (631-549-4404) Huntington Village and Legal
Seafood Restaurant at the Walt Whitman Mall (631-271-9777)
or pick up a six-pack at Huntington Beverage, Shoreline
Beverage, Super Star Beverage in Huntington, East Northport
Beverage in East Northport and DeMar Beverage in Northport.
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