Foodie Gossip-September

On the Island this September, there are some interesting light eats/drinks combos, restaurants that are thinking outside of the box with their specials menu and a new eatery that was the brainchild of high-class culinary leaders.

The Library Café in Farmingdale (516) 752-7678 has “Tap & App” night every Tuesday starting at 7pm. A special half-price appetizer menu, composed of twenty diverse starter plates such as Cajun Popcorn Shrimp and Remoulade Dip and Nachos Rancheros, is offered alongside $3 domestic beers on tap. The new modern American cuisine restaurant Rugosa’s in East Hampton (631) 604-1550 is having Bar Bites Wednesday through Monday from 5pm to 11pm. The menu includes Steamed Prince Edward Island Mussels by the half-pound for $7, Bluefish Rillettes for $11, and Sirloin Tartare for $13. Each can be mixed and matched with a vast selection of $8 wines-by-the-glass.

Horace & Sylvia’s in Babylon (631) 587-5081 has quite a diverse rotating price fixe ranging from $10.95-$22.95 a person from 4pm-7pm Sunday through Thursday. For example, on Thursdays, diners can go herbivore or carnivore with the “Greens and Grapes or Burger & Brew” special, with a choice of either a salad and a glass of wine or a burger with a draft beer.

Porto Vivo in Huntington (631) 385-8486 has just opened, presenting a rustic Italian grill concept within an upscale atmosphere. Executive Chef Steven Lecchi is a longtime veteran of renowned restaurants in Italy’s Tuscany region while Consulting Chef John Doherty was Executive Chef at New York’s Waldorf Astoria for 23 years. The menu’s pizzas, pastas, seafood and meats lean towards traditional Italian fare, but the beef, for example is top-quality Angus and the spirit of all the dishes is both quality and freshness.

Finally, the always-innovative Burton & Doyle Steakhouse in East Great Neck (516) 487-9200 is having a two 2lb lobsters special for $55 as well as the highly anticipated opening of their Liquid Nitrogen Below Zero Bar.