6 new foodie destinations worth checking out from North Fork
It takes a lot to get us out of North Fork. So trust us when we say that these new foodie destinations – accessible in about two hours or less – are good enough to get us down the roof and hit the highway.
A bacon paradise in Glen Cove
In the five years between 2007 and 2012, Chef Harry Schwartz had three heart attacks and was diagnosed with stomach cancer. He also started making his wife different flavors of bacon. Now in remission, he came up with the idea of starting a restaurant that served homemade flavored bacon by a friend. “They said they loved it,” Schwartz said. Garden of Bacon opened in Glen Cove in December.
So yes, a triple heart attack survivor is the genius behind a pork-centric restaurant. But Schwartz knows better than anyone that life is short, so you might as well indulge in some maple cherry bacon while you can. Schwartz says the not-too-sweet flavor, made with tangy cherry juice, is a favorite with customers, who love it in the store’s homemade BLTs and cubanos.
The artisan strips come in a range of flavors (Asian sesame, Buffalo BBQ), thicknesses, and spiciness levels, but at the end of the day, Schwartz said, it’s all about bacon: “Even our hottest flavors. , I want you to taste bacon first. I want the finish to be the flavor we created.
Before you go, get something to take home for your puppy: Gourmet bacon dog cookies are available. – Beth Ann Mayer
Mexican with a touch of Mystic
A ferry ride from Orient Point connects you to Rio Salado, a bustling new spot for Mexican cuisine in Mystic, Connecticut. “The ingredients are authentic to Mexican cuisine,” said executive chef Frances Medina, “but with a modern twist.”
The biggest twist may be the chef herself, who relishes the rising expectations. “When people find out that I’m a Puerto Rican woman shaking up super authentic Mexican food, there are always surprising reactions,” Medina said. “It’s such a complex kitchen that I’m constantly learning new things and expanding my knowledge.
Order the chef’s favorite pairing, puerco de cochinita pibil, a Yucatán dish made of slow-braised pork with bitter orange and achiote, and Piña Asada, a cocktail of house-infused habanero tequila, lime, and vanilla. and grilled pineapple. Then, for an after-dinner drink or dessert, head to Mix at Sift, above the Sift Bake Shop in downtown Mystic. The brand new rooftop cocktail bar is a summer dream. – Michelina Da Fonte
Authentic Italian from a familiar chef in Smithtown
If bagels are Long Island’s unofficial breakfast food, Italian is our region’s dinner of choice. But chef Marco Pellegrini has a secret for you: most are not authentic. “If you travel to Italy today, you won’t find spaghetti and meatballs,” says Pellegrini.
Pellegrini does not judge. But he would know what real Italian tastes look like. He had a 26-year career as a chef in Italy before moving to the United States about eight years ago. He will be remembered by North Forkers as the chef at Caci North Fork in Southold until it closed in 2018.
Now the Umbrian native is living his American dream and serving authentic Italian cuisine in Smithtown as the co-owner and chef of Osteria Umbra. You will be able to watch their meats, like veal and steak, cook on a 13 foot wood stove in the dining room. The pasta, including the homemade ravioli with ricotta and black truffle sauce, is all homemade. Pellegrini struggles to prepare the one he prefers. “It’s like asking me which one is my favorite son,” he laughs. – BAM
Instagram Influenced Comfort Food In Huntington
Sal DiBenedetto, known on Instagram as @thegrubfather, has become famous for his double-endorsed food and travel content. But these days, people are flocking to Huntington to snap photos (and eat) of the comfort food made at his first restaurant, The Grub Shop. Cheesesteaks became an overnight hit; customers can choose between rib eye or chicken made with a proprietary cheese blend.
“I’ve worked with some of the best restaurants in the world and became so inspired by the industry that I knew it was finally time to paint my own image,” said DiBenedetto.
This photo includes a large mural of the late adventurous chef Anthony Bourdain inside the restaurant. “Anthony Bourdain has changed my life and has shown me that food goes far beyond flavor and presentation, but also tells a story,” said DiBenedetto. “His work is the reason I got into what I do. ” – BAM
A Korean Food Tour in Manhattan
Yes, restaurants are still opening in New York in 2021, and one of the biggest trends is what you might call ‘Creative Korean’. Inspired by Korean street food and informed by other cuisines, these restaurants are full of flavor and unfailing pleasure. Start on the Upper East Side at Kjun, a unique Korean-Cajun take-out concept from Chef Jae Jung, who has worked at Michelin-starred restaurants. Take her food to go and have a social distancing picnic in Central Park.
At Momofuku’s Ssäm Bar, recently relocated to quaint South Street Seaport, another young chef, Eunjo Park, serves dishes like white pepper wings, ‘extremely spicy’ scallop kimbap and ssäm (Korean lettuce wraps) filled with skirt steak, crispy hake and grilled pork belly.
Or enjoy a stroll around town while eating Korean Corn Dog, which is drizzled with spicy sauces and over-the-top toppings like crispy rice, cubed potatoes, and injeolmi, a sweet rice cake. Competing chains Snowy Village (in Times Square and the Meatpacking District) and Two Hands (in the East Village, with two more New York locations promised soon) ensure you’re never too far away from your next snack. – Sara Austin
Big Flavor Small Plates in Roslyn
When it comes to Greek cuisine on Long Island, Roslyn tops the table: the city has Kyma, Limani and now, Limani Mezze. Run by the same group that runs Limani, this Greek restaurant focuses on one mainstay of the food trend: small plates.
The menu has around three dozen options to mix and match, including octopus and moussaka spring rolls. They’re designed to share and spark conversations, making them a lively choice as diners safely exit the final year of quarantine.
The wine list has plenty of Greek options for those looking for an authentic Mediterranean experience. Clinking glasses in the whitewashed room with pops of light blue and wood feels like a great escape, even if it’s only about an hour from Riverhead. – BAM