Foodie Gossip November 2011

Truly high-quality LI restaurants (whether en masse or individually) seem to have a knack for dreaming up irresistible specials that attract diners in droves. There are also those locales where drink selections are given just as much attention as the food.

Always a highlight for foodies islandwide, November 6-13 brings Long Island Restaurant Week’s triumphant return for a 6th year. All the rich, diverse cuisine from eateries across Nassau and Suffolk can be had all night (until 7pm on Saturday) in a 3-course prix fixe for $24.95.

While there has always been a wealth of expertly crafted beer and wine to be had in LI eateries, two more locations can definitely be added to that already formidable roster. OSO at Southampton Inn (631) 283-6500 recently won a 2011 Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator magazine, an accolade bestowed upon the wine programs of a select few restaurants across the US. OSO’s wine list features 140 different types of wine, specializing in vintages from France, Italy and California and they have a collection of almost 600 bottles. Newly opened Long Island Ale House in Medford (631) 569-5515, in addition to a selection of domestic and imported beers, also has just about every locally brewed beer on tap, (the perfect opportunity for an LI beer tasting party). These include Blue Point Brewing Company, Fire Island Beer Co., Greenport Harbor Brewing Co., Long Ireland and Southampton Publick House.

Top LI steakhouse Prime in Huntington (631) 385-1515 is bringing a bit of the tropics to our increasingly chilled island with their dinnertime “Three-Course Key West Road Trip Menu,” available until December 15. The appetizers are Florida stone crab claws with key lime cocktail sauce (market price) and scallop ceviche with jicama, avocado and mango ($14). Entrées include macadamia nut crusted golden snapper with fresh hearts of palm and chile cucumber vinaigrette ($33) and guava glazed organic chicken with crispy purple potatoes ($25). Stay tuned for their New Mexico and California menus, coming soon.

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