Foodie Gossip – October

October dining specials on LI offer either total immersion in thoroughly local ingredients or a deep dive into a variety of European delights. Other big news is the fourth annual Long Island Restaurant Week, which promises to be an LI foodie’s dream.

Rugosa in East Hampton (631) 604-1550 is introducing “From the Farm,” a local tasting menu–six-courses with local ingredients such as seafood and duck for $58. Add local wine pairings for an additional $30, plus tax and tip. The menu changes weekly and is offered every night from 5pm but Tuesdays when the restaurant is closed.

The Library Café in Farmingdale (516) 752-7678 is going Teutonic with “Octoberfest 2009” from October 12 through October 26. The restaurant will offer German food specials, craft beers and German beers. There will also be an Octoberfest Beer Dinner on Wednesday, October 21. Reservations are required.

City Cellar Wine Bar & Grill in Westbury (516) 693-5400 will visit the Iberian Peninsula with the fourth in a series of “Harvest Wine Dinners” celebrating the flavors of Spain with Spanish wines on September 22 beginning at 7pm. The menu will feature such delicacies as Bacalao Croquettes, Jamon Iberico, Braised Angus Short Rib with Chimichurri and much more.

Madison Steakhouse & Fine Seafood in Hauppauge (631) 231-6909 is saying buon giorno to Italy with a $9.99 (plus tax and tip) Pasta Night every Monday and Tuesday night. There is a choice of classic pasta shapes and sauces and for $2 more you can add classic meat accompaniments as well. A bonanza of inexpensive Italian wines and desserts completes the meal.

Sensual dancing and sensuous cuisine: Tango Argentine Steakhouse in Central Islip (631) 234-6623 offers not just a selection of voluptuous steaks, but also one-hour Tango lessons with your meal. Be there on Thursdays at 7:30pm for dining and dancing.

Finally, the fourth annual Long Island Restaurant Week will be takes place at 57 restaurants from Long Beach to the Hamptons and North Fork from Sunday November 1 through November 8. For these eight days, the participating restaurants (an eclectic bunch) have a special fixed price of $24.95 for a three-course meal offered all evening except Saturday after 7pm. For more info go to