May 11-20 brings the second installment of Long Island Craft Beer Week (longislandcraftbeerweek.com). This is craft beer enthusiast nirvana—more than 100 events islandwide at bars, breweries, retailers and restaurants that include craft beer tastings, beer dinners and educational programs.
Follow Gino’s advice and take mom out for Mother’s Day, she deserves your thanks with a sumptuous feast. While there are specials galore on this day all over the Island, View in Oakdale (631) 589-2694 has the quintessential LI Mom Day menu on Sunday, May 13 from 12-7pm. Go local or international with the appetizers—Crispy Blue Point Oysters with cucumber mignonette and chili-lime vinaigrette ($12) or try the Thai Calamari with peanuts, lime, cilantro and a sweet chili glaze ($13). Entrées include Pan Seared Sea Scallops with sweet Montauk lobster-white truffle risotto and citrus beurre blanc ($26) or go for full-on indulgence with the Surf & Turf ($49) which features filet mignon, Maine lobster tail, garlic confit potato purée, butter-poached asparagus and caramelized shallot demi-glace.
Glen Cove Mansion (516) 674-2955 is having 1pm and 4pm seatings on the 13th for a Mother’s Day feast inspired by historic Gold Coast menus. Expect luxury on a plate. The cost is $55 for adults (plus a complimentary glass of champagne or passion fruit mimosa), $27 for kids 4-13 and children 3 and younger eat free. Reservations required.
After all that, some lighter vittles might be in order. Check out the Energy Kitchen location in Syosset (516) 864-0400, an eatery turning the fast food concept on its head by declaring that fare need not be unhealthy in this culinary niche. Everything is cooked to order in every manner except frying, and no menu item exceeds 500 calories. All meat is lean and vegetable accompaniments are plentiful.