Summer may be coming to an end, but if you ask me, August is just peach-y. The sweet, juicy fruit calls August its peak season (and social media mavens call August #NationalPeachMonth). Send summer off in satisfying fashion by indulging in Long Island peach fare at these five favorite spots. And remember: Swimsuit season is almost over. Go ahead and spring for the pie.
Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas, Garden City
This modern Italian eatery is falling fork over spoon for the fruit of the month. Three peach dishes are on the August menu.
The first is a grilled mascarpone bruschetta, a dish that is known to have guests’ mouths watering before they’re done reading the menu description—fresh grilled peaches and a mascarpone cheese spread atop a warm crostini. A drizzle of honey, a sprinkle of basil and a crunch of almonds round out the dish.
Peach crostata is another favorite, featuring cinnamon, vanilla and brown sugar roasted peaches mixed with brandy and baked into a puff pastry. Salted caramel is drizzled over the top of a scoop of vanilla gelato to bring it all together.
Since Sangria is a popular summer beverage, Spuntino put a peach spin on the drink for August. Between white peaches, peach schnapps and pinot grigio making up this refreshment, it’s hard not to kick back and enjoy the season, however fleeting it may be. Phone: 516-228-5400 | Address: 1002 Old Country Rd. Click to taste
Swallow Restaurant, Huntington
Swallow’s summer salad is filled with grilled peaches, veggies, feta and walnuts. Between a fresh and rich taste, this dish allows diners to enjoy peach month to the fullest—without the dessert guilt. Phone: 631-547-5388 | Address: 366 New York Ave. Click to taste
Mirabelle, Stony Brook
Mirabelle is taking it to another level with this seared foie gras and roasted peaches offering. Served with local plum sauce and miniature Long Island baked potatoes, this appetizer feels and tastes sophisticated and summery at the same time. Phone: 631-751-0555 | Address: 150 Main St. Click to taste
Briermere Farms, Riverhead
A Long Island staple, Briermere Farms has never failed to impress with its freshly-baked pies from scratch. This month, get a mouthful of the peach or peach cherry pie. I dare you to try to save some for later. Phone: 631-722-3931 | Address: 4414 Sound Ave. Click to taste
Harbes Family Farm, Mattituck
From Saturday, Aug. 19–Sunday, Aug. 20, Harbes Family Farm will be hosting its first ever Peach Festival. Not only will there be loads of entertainment and things to do, but there will also be plenty of plump fruits to sink your teeth into—straight from Harbes’ Mattituck farm! Phone: 631-298-0700 | Address: 715 Sound Ave. Click to taste