By The Foodies
You simply couldn’t go wrong at East Northport Chamber of Commerce’s 12th annual Taste of Long Island, the yearly charitable and gustatory extravaganza at The Larkfield, where dozens of restaurants gathered to strut their stuff.
Waterside Caterers (828 Ft. Salonga Road, Northport 631-757-3663 watersidecaterers.com) practically stole the show with a complex salmon and fantastic pork. Swallow (366 New York Ave., Huntington 631-547-5388 swallowrestaurant.com) was another fine-dining favorite, presenting snap-peas, pea tendrils, radish, carrots, kumquat, yuzu essence and avocado mousse, topping yellowfin tuna, in shot-glass sized portions. Crew (138 New York Ave., Huntington 631-549-3338 crewli.com) impressed with cool, refreshing chicken salad.
For those however seeking specialists in the art of comfort, there were plenty of those opportunities, too. Kerber’s Farm (309 West Pulaski Road, Huntington 631-423-4400 kerbersfarm.com ) wowed with its award-winning, decadently delicious mini chicken pot-pies, bite-sized brownies and Kerber’s “candy bars” – a graham cracker crust, condensed milk and toasted coconut.
La Villini Family Style Restaurant (288 Larkfield Road, East Northport 631-261-6344 la-villini.com) and BiVio (1801 E. Jericho Turnpike, Huntington 631-499-9133) dished out traditional Italian pastas and poultry, and Mr. Sausage (3 Union Place, Huntington 631-271-3836 mrsausagefinefoods.com) stopped the show with their sensational lasagna. Anthony’s Coal-Fired Pizza (6401 Jericho Turnpike, Commack 631-858-2625) brought out the meatballs, Italian-style chicken wings and eggplant.
Sweet Mama’s (9 Alsace Place, Northport 631-261-6262 sweetmamaskitchen.net) went luxe with its comfort food, presenting lobster mac ‘n’ cheese, and The Whale’s Tale (81 Fort Salonga Road, Northport 631-651-8844) went Tex-Mex with its popular tacos. Storyville American Table (43 Green St., Huntington 631-351-3446 storyvilleamericantable.com) did gumbo, Smoka Burger (380 Larkfield Road, East Northport 631-266-2600 smokaburgers.com) had pulled pork sliders and wraps, and the Fireside Caterers (4097 Jericho Turnpike, East Northport 631-462-0900 firesidecaterers.com) dished out wings and mac ‘n’ cheese.
Light and fresh was the order of the day for Northport Fish & Lobster Co. (827 Ft. Salonga Road, Northport 631-757-3474 ) which laid out an array of shellfish and crustaceans for the picking. The Aegean Grill (354 Larkfield Road, East Northport 631-266-3300) brought classic Greek fare, including a flavorful, flaky spanakopita that really hit the spot. Nisen (5032 Jericho Turnpike, Commack 631-462-1000 nisensushi.com) dished out plenty of freshly-crafted sushi, and Pumpernickel’s (640 Main St., Northport 631-757-7959 pumpernickelsofnorthport.com), one of Huntington’s oldest restaurants, delighted with German delicacies.
Among those presenting incidentals to fine dining, Northport’s Backyard Brine Pickle Company (631-754-1050 backyardbrine.com) brought an array, including a taste bud-twisting “everything pickle.”
And, of course, Bon Bons Chocolatier (319 Main St., Huntington 631-549-1059 bonbonschocolatier.com) and Copenhagen Bakery (75 Woodbine Ave., Northport 631-754-3256 copenhagenbakery.net) provided a sweet finish indeed. And if the half-dozen or so vineyards and craft breweries weren’t enough to wet your whistle, there was always a chance to freeze it with Frosae wine sorbet.
While the hundreds of guests delighted in dining, the biggest winners were certainly the Visiting Nurse Service and Hospice of Northport, the East Northport Rotary and the chamber itself – the benefactors of the evening’s proceeds.