The Best Week November 2012

November is the season to be daring with your food and wine. This issue offers good coverage of both (as well as some other dining and spirits), but there is, occasionally, a need for more than just eating, drinking and being merry. The good news is, we have a collection of those stories, too. Enjoy this sneak preview to having the best week.

3 Can’t Miss Events

November 4-11
Long Island Restaurant Week

Over 170 eateries across LI feature three-course prix-fixe dinners.

November 9-12
Long Island Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

Cinema Arts Centre, Huntington
The best films in this genre with celebrity receptions and parties.

November 23-24
Steve Rannazzisi
McGuire’s, Bohemia
Governor’s, Levittown

The LI native and star of hit FX series The League performs stand-up.

Seven Great Days

Swing by Miloski’s Poultry Farm (Calverton) on your way to the NoFo to order your Thanksgiving turkey and pick up some Exotic Meats (see our article here). That night, take in a show at Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center (Justin Townes Earle, see our article here, appears on November 11).

This is your last chance to make good on that 2012 resolution to lose weight. Start with a Real Ryder class (bragging rights included). We suggest Cycle Evolution in East Islip (see our article here). Sate that appetite with a dry-aged Black Angus steak at George Martin’s Strip Steak in Great River.

Channel your inner performer at Jack Halyards’ open mic night in Oyster Bay (rockin’ on this month’s Music Joints). You can sing along safely in the crowd or be daring and jump onstage to belt out an old favorite. Before or after, revive your palate at Jellyfish’s late night wine room. Now open in Centerport.

Take a trip on Robert Neuman’s Ship to Paradise—the exhibit is now on at Heckscher Museum of Art in Huntington (tickets here). Continue feeding your adventurous spirit with sweetbreads at Café Buenos Aires (appetize with our feature here). It certainly isn’t bread and it may not be sweet, but it’s a tender, velvety treat.

It’s not on the menu, but if you ask for it, Insignia restaurant will deliver one perfect hundred-dollar steak. And you will be very, very happy to cozy up to the wine lounge as its forefather, Tony Scotto does (read about it here). Suggested palliation? The Grapes of Rhône (get schooled here).

Top off the week with a night on the town. Long Island’s Gourmets Dish on top NYC restaurants you can frequent (read about it here) prior to attending a hit show. Back on the stage this fall, with a surprise change of player, is Glengarry Glen Ross (our stage article tells you about Pacino).

Take the whole day to enjoy something new and something true on the East End. Parrish Art Museum assumes its new position at their (finally) completed new building in Water Mill (and online here). But Southampton Publick House is the same as it ever was.

Wild Card: Steal a day to fan your edgier side. Start west and work your way east. Eat in Manhattan’s Café Mogador (snapshot available here). Drink good wine at Red Hook Winery (Brooklyn’s maestro of Long Island grapes here). Play a game of chance at Resorts World Casino (Queens).