Foodie Gossip April 2014

Burger Thyme
Some of the most unique burgers on the Island appear on a special menu every Wednesday night at Thyme, a quaint and classy home-turned-eatery adjacent to Roslyn’s iconic tower. The Classic beef burger and a craft beer will please purists, while the adventurous can tuck into the Thanksgiving: A turkey burger topped with Brussels sprout and cranberry pecan chutney. A fish burger—ahi tuna topped with avocado, pickled cucumber and wasabi crème—is also eye opening and satisfying.

The Trattoria
Steven Gallagher, head-chef-turned-owner of The Trattoria in St. James has had the offseason to adjust after boss Eric Lomando handed over the reins in November. Gallagher is not tinkering with the successful rustic Italian formula that made The Trattoria a hit with those seeking authenticity in Italian cuisine. (Amen.) Food comes in discrete courses and to experience the range of flavors and ingredients The Trattoria recommends a $35 appetizer/entrée/dessert prix fixe. In the mood for pasta? Try the squid ink black pasta with calamari in a spicy tomato sauce.

Winter’s belated end means scenic dining by Great South Bay is back on the table. Located in the luxe environs of the former William K. Vanderbilt estate, View in Oakdale is a catering hotspot, but is also attracting foodies in the know for dinner. The pick here when dining is seafood. There is a prodigious sushi menu as well as big game fish like swordfish and yellowfin. Undecided? Try the all of the above decadence of the View Seafood Tower—an icy behemoth of oysters, chilled lobster, littleneck clams, lump crab and shrimp cocktail.

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Michael Isenbek, Associate Editor, dabbles in both fiction and nonfiction writing, coordinates the Pulse event listings and writes the text for "Zoom," among other editorial tasks. He has a Master's Degree in Liberal Studies and a Bachelor's Degree in Cultural Studies with a concentration in Journalism from SUNY Empire State College.