Watching your favorite chef cook up some magic on TV can easily get cravings started. Luckily, some of them have given Long Islanders the opportunity to try their grub firsthand. These three old and new restaurants from famous TV chefs are necessary to add to your foodie bucket list.
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Spuds Pommes Fries, Bellmore
It’s all about french fries at Spuds Pommes Fries—but who’s complaining? Joe Ciminera opened the french fry-themed restaurant in Bellmore in September. The chef, known for hosting Taste This TV on public television, is serving fresh cut potatoes cooked in organic pure seed oil. Even better are all the house-made sauces diners can dip them in. There’s basil pesto, roasted garlic aioli, spicy buffalo sauce, cheddar cheese sauce, curry ketchup and 17 others to choose from. Special toppings like pulled pork, Philly cheese steak and chili with black beans can even be added on top. Phone: 516-665-8333 | Address: 2600 Merrick Rd Click to go
Bobby’s Burger Palace, Garden City and Lake Grove
When it comes to burgers, celebrity chef Bobby Flay knows the tricks of the trade. The Food Network and Cooking Channel star brought his cooking chops to Long Island when he opened his popular chain, Bobby’s Burger Palace, at the Smith Haven Mall in 2008. A Roosevelt Field location followed three years later. Expect an ultimate American experience with several unique burger options, including the New Mexico made with queso sauce, roasted green chiles and pickled red onions. There’s also yummy sides like buttermilk onion rings and shakes with whipped cream (some are even spiked). Garden City, Phone: 516-877-7777 | Address: 630 Old Country Rd || Lake Grove, Phone: 631-382-9590 | Address: 355 Smith Haven Mall Click to go
A Long Island native, Chef Tom Schaudel is a big deal on the Long Island restaurant scene. (He’s been the driving force of more than a dozen eateries.) Chef Schaudel is also no stranger to the small screen, having appeared on Gordon Elliot’s Door Knock Dinners on the Food Network and Chef’s Night Out on Metro Channel. Locally, he often graces channel 12 and 21. Foodies should head over for an upscale dining experience at Jewel, which earned a favorable review by the New York Times. This elegant spot is known for its seafood with options like pan seared crab cake and grilled oysters. But the pizza options, meats and sushi rolls from sushi chef Shigeki Uchiyama are just as worthy. Phone: 631-755-5777 | Address: 400 Broadhollow Rd Click to go