Springtime in the LI food universe means seasonal restaurants are coming out of hibernation and all are gearing up for the warmer months—a time when the maximum amount of diverse cuisine is available.
I can’t overemphasize the need for LI foodies to eat out every night from April 22-29 at any of the 150+ dining spots participating in Long Island Restaurant Week (longislandrestaurantweek.com). These locales will have special menus with at least three choices of appetizers, entrées and desserts for $24.95. The prix fixe lasts all night, but only until 7pm on Saturday. To help you navigate, a Long Island Restaurant Week mobile app is available for iPhone and Android.
Seasons 52’s newest outpost just opened in Garden City (seasons52.com), bringing its farm-fresh offerings and extensive wine list to LI. Seasons 52 is the creator of the “mini-indulgence,” shrinking such sinful treats as key lime pie and carrot cake to fit in a shot glass. And even though they serve such voluptuous favorites as grilled rack of New Zealand lamb and the char crust filet mignon, each menu item does not exceed 475 calories.
Amongst the bevy of Hamptons hotspots, chef/owner Matthew Guiffrida is presiding over the newly-opened Muse in the Harbor in Sag Harbor (631) 899-4810. The latest of his numerous dining hotspots on the East End and beyond, Muse goes New American. Check out the $18 tuna “Ménage A Trois” appetizer—ahi tuna tartar atop Moroccan vegetable tabouli spiked with wonton crouton, blackened tuna lollipop with candied wasabi crust on whipped avocado, and hot stone seared tuna carpaccio with seaweed salad. For the main course, try the $32 wasabi jerked Long Island duck au poivre served alongside herb grilled sweet potato risotto with caramelized Vidalia onion and cranberry duck confit.