Foodie Gossip – February 2011

The best antidote for the post-holiday winter blues is a hearty multi-course repast prepared by a skilled chef. And there are plenty of LI restaurants that offer just that in their own unique ways.

Cool Fish Grille & Wine Bar in Syosset (516) 921-3250 is a chic space masterminded by local uber-chef Tom Schaudel and features a Chef’s Table for up to 12 guests at a time with an extensive tasting menu composed of the eatery’s global, contemporary cuisine, heavy on unique fish preparations. Maria’s Mexican & Latin Cuisine in Nesconset (631) 979-7724 has the Latin American version of the tasting menu, with their Tapas nights. Creatures from the land include Cordero Argentino or baby lamb chops seasoned with sun dried tomato chimichurri topped with chipotle goat cheese and creatures from the sea include Ostiones Maria or pan seared sea scallops over roasted corn-avocado relish topped with mango vinaigrette. And much more, all prepared with Maria’s unique verve.

H2O Seafood Grill in Smithtown (631) 361-6464, with the Earth-friendly “Sustainable Fish of the Day” and “Sustainable Shellfish of the Day” menu items also have the hearty “H2O Surf and Turf” option. Combine one of three choices for surf (grilled shrimp, steamed king crab legs or broiled 8oz lobster tail) and one of three for turf (marinated skirt steak, porterhouse lamb chops or filet mignon) and get a side of grilled asparagus and mashed potatoes.

Finally, Lombardi’s On the Bay in Patchogue (631) 654-8970 has emerged as a contender in the local steakhouse-style beef world with their offering of Lombardi’s Chairman’s Reserve Certified Premium Beef, a rigorous beef carcass selection process that ensures maximum tenderness, juiciness and flavor. All the usual steak cuts are available with a choice of Hollandaise, Bernaise or Peppercorn sauce.

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