That Meetball Place
At this small plates eatery, the titular orb can be had in the classic meat format or vegetarian or lobster…or the chorizo-bearing “Balls of Fire.” It goes on: The balls can be doused in Italian or Asian sauces, placed between breads and/or covered with cheese, covered with a fried egg and more… The environs are made of reclaimed NYC brick and wood from a barn. Pulse has tested the offerings and approves.
Commack’s Asian-fusion hotspot has two new locations in Melville and St. James. Each will have a different spin on the original space’s innovatively-structured décor, but the cuisine will be consistent with the first. For lunch, their bento box packages are a draw and the dinner sushi and sashimi menu includes plenty of Otoro, the most prized part of the tuna.
Topping Rose House
The restored 1842 haute eatery/luxury hotel helmed by superstar chef Tom Colicchio has begun a monthly winter farmers’ market in their restored barn. Happening this month on the 15th from 11am-2pm, expect local artisanal goodies (chocolate, eggs, wine, cheese, olive oil, etc.). The market so far has coincided with big TRH events—you may catch a close (culinary) encounter with Colicchio himself.