November Foodie Gossip

November is a big month for LI dining. A veritable smorgasbord of specials and unique culinary offerings are on hand, and the month is starting off with a bang.

Long Island Restaurant Week (, returns for the fourth time November 1-8. This is an LI foodie’s gold mine. Fifty-seven diverse restaurants from Nassau County to the East End will be having a $24.95 three-course prix fixe every day except after 7pm on Saturday. But the rest of the month is no slouch.

Nothing beats a voluptuous steak on a chilly fall evening for discerning carnivores. Mac’s Steakhouse in Huntington (631) 549-5300 is all about dry aging their cuts of beef, which creates an exceedingly tender and flavorful steak. In addition to the Porterhouse and Ribeye, the New York Strip Steak is available aged 30 days for $42 and 60 days for $49.

One of the great things about Long Island cuisine is its diversity in price points. The Bellport in Bellport (631) 286-7550 is having a “Monday Evening Recession Special,” which features 3 courses of their American cuisine for $19 from 5:30-9pm Monday evening. On the other end of the scale, Stonewalls Restaurant in Riverhead (631) 506-0777 is having an $80 five-course dinner on November 13 starting at 6:30pm. It will feature smoked eel and duck rilettes for an appetizer and such sumptuous dinner choices as wild Pacific salmon genevoise and medallion of venison Grand-Veneur.

After all that evening partying, check out Thyme Restaurant & Café Bar in Roslyn (516) 625-2566 for the $15 Sunday brunch. All of the classics will be on hand, including Mimosas, Bloody Marys, steak and eggs, jumbo lump crabcakes and more.

Finally let’s face it; hosting a Thanksgiving Day celebration is a lot of work. Maybe this year, let WAVE Restaurant at Danfords in Port Jefferson (631) 928-5200, ext. 176 do it for you. In addition to the turkey and trimmings, they are offering beef bourguignonne and roasted New England cod. The cost is $39.95 and for children under 12, $19.95. Reservations are a must.