This April, some of Long Island’s best restaurants will participate in the First Annual Spring Long Island Restaurant Week, giving restaurant goers the opportunity to try out their unique service and menu at a fix prix of $24.95 for appetizer, entrée and dessert. The first annual Spring Long Island Restaurant Week will be held on April 3 – 10, 2011.
A familiar tradition on Long Island in the autumn, Long Island Restaurant Week will be a welcome treat, after the winter cold. The list of participating restaurats include Long Island’s award winning steakhouses, seaside restaurants and menus designed and prepared by notable Long Island chefs. Choose from and a variety of tastes from around the world including Chi Dining Lounge in Westbury, N.Y. and Besito Mexican Kitchen and Agave Lounge in Huntington, N.Y. If you’re wondering where to dine, there are some of participating restaurants in Nassau County, Suffolk County and on the East End.
Seafood and Elegant Dining
Enjoy fresh Long Island oysters, lobster or crab at La Marmite in Williston Park. Experience elegant dining at the Palm Court Restaurant & Wine Cellar at the Carltun in East Meadow. The Fat Fish Wine & Bistro in Bay Shored features a raw fish bar, Alaskan king crab and fresh lobster with a view of the shore; while the Thyme Restaurant & Cafe in Roslyn takes an elegant approach to brunch and seafood.
Steakhouses, Bistros & Lounges & Casual Dining
There is no end to great casual dining on Long Island. The American Graffiti Grill in Woodbury features a creative menu of the American palate. Hemingway’s in Wantagh, a steakhouse which also features fresh Chilean bass and tuna. Enjoy the community atmosphere at Peppercorns in Hicksville and Café Joelle on Main Street in Sayville offers a mix of classic and original American dishes.
For fine Italian cuisine, choose from several restaurants across Long Island. For Northern cuisine, Cielo Ristorante Italiano in Rockville Center has a full menu of seafood and Italian specialties. Travelling east, you’ll find Ristorante Gemelli featuring dishes from both Northern and Southern Italy. For French/French-American cuisine, dine at Le Soir in Bayport or La Plage in Wading River. And for a taste of Spain, visit Costa de Espana Tapas Bar & Restaurant in Port Jefferson.
Art & the Social Scene
Great food and local artists at Painter’s in Brookhaven Hamlet where the food and culture combine for a special Long Island event. Local artists showcase their work in a small family style, yet Bohemian atmosphere. Menu items feature seafood. In Nassau County, stop by Sugar Dining Den and Social Club for drinks, music and a lively atmosphere. And Honu Kitchen & Cocktails in Huntington features a sophisticated menu and decor.
On the East End
The East End offers good food and a chance to get away from it all. With its straight lines and country atmosphere, the North Fork Table & Inn in Southold centers around an American and European menu using the best of Long Island seafood, produce and fresh foods to create a truly local experience. At the Jamesport Inn in Southold, Long Island history and an American menu with a Mediterranean twist combine for a classic yet unique experience. And for a taste of France, the Stone Creek Inn offers French Mediterranean cuisine in East Quogue.
These are just a sampling of the many fine Long Island restaurants that will be participating in this event. So, take a moment to recover from the wintertime blues and take a trip to one of the great restaurants on Long Island. Reservations are not necessarily needed but recommended.
Save the date this fall ….
Already a culinary tradition on Long Island, this fall, the Fitth Annual Long Island Restaurant Week will be held on November 6 – 13, 2011.
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