Foodie Gossip June/July 2011

Occasionally, there’s a restaurant that comes around which refuses to pull punches in their presentation of superlative cuisine. Mitch and Toni’s American Bistro in Albertson (516) 741-7940 is just such a place. Headed by the already-successful chef/owner Mitchell SuDock and general manager/owner Toni Contino, they seek the highest quality ingredients to stimulate all five senses and even the smallest details are important to them. Appetizers ($9-$20) include “dual tartares” of spicy-crunchy tuna tartare and miso-soy salmon tartare, seasonal ravioli and highly elaborate salads. Main courses ($22-$42) include pistachio crusted day boat halibut, roasted Long Island duck breast and leg confit, bacon wrapped monkfish, grilled flat iron steak and more, each with complementary side dishes.

On the bar/nightlife side of things, two notable LI eateries have redone their interiors and are celebrating the chic new spaces with summer specials. View in Oakdale (631) 589-2694 celebrates “Tropical Thursdays” all summer. Along with the beautiful Great South Bay view, a steel drum/flamenco guitar duo will start performing at 7pm, the first 50 Coronas ordered are free and the drink specials are positively paradise—mojitos, rum punch, ‘tinis, ‘ritas and more. Italian cuisine hotspot Ristorante Gemelli in Babylon (631) 321-6392 redesigned their lounge area and in tribute, they’ve dreamed up a new menu that includes personal pizzas and antipasto selections and have made martinis a specialty with such flavors as sour apple, watermelon & Limoncello and “rainbow cookie.”

In a final adult beverage-related note, Greenport Harbor Brewing Company (http://www.harborbrewing.com) is spearheading the drive for locally accessible beer ingredients. Partnering with Wesnofske Farms in Peconic, they have inaugurated the “Wesnofske Farm Hop Project.” One hundred hop rhizomes of three different varieties arrived from Oregon and are happily growing on the farm. This means one less element of beer creation that has to be brought in from outside LI and is a landmark moment for the LI craft beer universe.

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