By Tes Silverman
The Clubhouse has been a landmark Huntington steakhouse for 54 years.
Husband and wife former owners, John and Geraldine Bies opened and operated the on 320 West Jericho Turnpike restaurant in 1962 until they passed the helm over to their son Jeffrey and his wife, Cassandra 35 years ago.
Jeffrey and Cassandra now operate with Chef Charles Labartino, who brings 21 years of culinary offerings to the table, and the restaurant prides itself on consistently drawing customers to dine on American fare, especially steaks and seafood.
“We have a large number of clientele that are regulars who expect to have their martinis or steaks to be served the same way each time they dine here,” Jeffrey Bies said.
He added, “Our diners like to walk in and see the familiar faces of owners and staff.
“We may not be the fanciest place in town, but we want our customers to feel that once they come in to our restaurant, something in the world is consistent, and familiar, from the food, the beverage and the staff.”
To start, Clubhouse offers a few non-typical appetizers, including the Oysters a la Clubhouse ($14). The oysters are topped with spinach, gorgonzola, bacon and Pernod. The delicate texture of the oysters combined with the creaminess of gorgonzola, the crispiness of bacon and the sweetness of Pernod results in an appetizer that is rich in both flavor and texture.
Another appetizer not to be missed is the seared yellowtail tuna ($15). The sushi-grade tuna is sesame-crusted, served over Wakame (seaweed) salad with sweet soy, sriracha, wasabi and ginger. The freshness of the tuna, along with the sesame crust, the subtly sweet flavor of the seaweed salad and the different condiments that are mixed in make up an appetizer fit for a sushi lover.
Of course, Clubhouse is a steakhouse so steak lovers might have a hard time deciding on which cut of steak to order. But the best of the bunch might be the bone-in ribeye ($41). The tender steak prepared medium-rare melts in the mouth.
Fish-lovers must go no further than the Chilean sea bass with shrimps ($30). The dish is made with tomatoes, basil, garlic and butter sauce, the ingredients enhance the mild flavors and firm textures of the shrimp and sea bass.
As for sides, diners should consider the stuffed baked potato ($7). The side is whipped together with the sour cream, cheddar cheese and chives, and stuffed back into the skin, resulting in a very creamy and filling side dish.
For a sweet ending, the desserts to choose are the chocolate fudge ganache ($10) and Mrs. Bies’ homemade pecan pie ($7).
The fudge ganache is creamy and rich, decadent enough to satisfy one’s love of chocolate.
The pecan pie is light, and not too sweet, so it’s great for the diner who prefers something less heavy.
Tuesday-Thursday 12-10 p.m.
Friday 12-11 p.m. Saturday 5-11 p.m. Sunday 4-9 p.m.
320 West Jericho Turnpike, Huntington