Foodie Gossip

Snapper Setting Sail
The Snapper Inn, located on the shores of the Connetquot River in Oakdale, has struck up an alliance with the Priscilla, a restored oyster sloop that first set sail in 1888 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This partnership means a few seaworthy customers will be able to enjoy dinner while under sail this summer.

The pearls of information are still forming on this one, but Blue Island Oyster Co. is opening in Sayville. The business is primarily an oyster farm, but supposedly they’re going to offer kayak tours of the operation, lunch and beer on the dock.

Easy to Swallow
One of Long Island’s premier restaurants, Swallow, which has locations in Huntington and Montauk, has welcomed a new member to its team. Executive chef Adam Bordonaro most recently worked at the Charlie Palmer Group and will continue Swallow’s tradition of using local ingredients to create soulful flavors.

Opened, Closed or On the Move…
The East End is stirring in anticipation of the upcoming season. Winston’s, a new Caribbean restaurant on Montauk Highway in East Hampton has opened (where Nichol’s used to be). Osteria Salina has replaced Georgica’s at 108 Wainscott Stone Rd and Muse of Sag Harbor has opened a branch in Montauk that will serve new American cuisine.

Burger Boss
Two of Bistro Cassis’ most popular dishes, the steak tartare and the colossal hamburger, are now on the menu at the new Café Mendoza in Commack. Cassis’ owner, Hugo Garcia, also owns Cafe Buenos Aires in Huntington and had long wished to put the popular plates on the menu at that location. He held off because the two are too close together. But since Café Mendoza is some distance away, the dishes have been added to the new menu there.

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