A heaping helping of local restaurants’ breaking news:
360 Taiko Sushi & Lounge opened in downtown Patchogue at 47 S. Ocean Ave, a half block south of Main St. The 4,900-square-foot Pan-Asian restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, as well as Sunday brunch. The group of owners, including Eric Lin and Ansen Wang, spared no expense. It boasts a bar and sushi bar, two private dining rooms and a huge drum at the back of the restaurant (taiko is a reference to Japanese drums).
Tullulah’s in Bay Shore, located at 10 4th Ave, is doing an East Coast versus West Coast raw oyster bar in July so locals can get a sense of the different types and tastes from both sides of the country. Chef Steven Scalesse said it’s not a contest, per se, but more of an educational experience. His favorite? The naked cowboy variety, plucked from the wilds of Long Island Sound.
Speaking of oysters, Bay Kitchen Bar at 39 Gann Road in East Hampton kicks off each dinner with a $1 oyster hour from 4 to 7pm. Glasses of $5 rosé are also served.
After a frenetic nine-day renovation, Ideal Cheese + Wine Cafe in Huntington reopened with a new look, a new name and some new items on the menu. The shop, located at 308 Main St, is now called Ideal Elements to reflect the earthy elemental décor, such as its burning fireplace, and the overall goal of creating a cozy, romantic lounge feeling, said general manager Chris Binetti. The restaurant has an expanded menu of burgers, wings and small plates. The adjoining cheese shop can be entered on Green Street.