It takes rather a lot to tug us off the North Fork. So belief us after we say these new foodie locations — reachable in about two hours or much less — are ok to make us put the highest down and hit the freeway.
A bacon haven in Glen Cove
Within the 5 years between 2007 and 2012, chef Harry Schwartz had three coronary heart assaults and was recognized with abdomen most cancers. He additionally began making his spouse totally different flavors of bacon. Now in remission, he ran an thought to create a restaurant that served flavored, artisanal bacon by a pal. “They stated they cherished it,” Schwartz stated. Backyard of Bacon opened in Glen Cove in December.
So sure, a triple coronary heart assault survivor is the genius behind a pork-centric restaurant. However Schwartz is aware of higher than anybody that life is brief, so that you would possibly as effectively bask in some cherry maple-flavored bacon when you can. Schwartz says the not-too-sweet taste, made with tart cherry juice, is a favourite of shoppers, who adore it within the store’s house-made BLTs and cubanos.
The artisanal strips are available in a variety of flavors (Asian sesame, Buffalo BBQ), thicknesses and ranges of spiciness, however in the end, Schwartz stated, it’s all concerning the bacon: “Even our hottest flavors, I would like you to style bacon first. I would like the end to be the flavour we created.”
Earlier than you allow, choose up one thing to carry residence to your pup: Connoisseur bacon canine biscuits can be found. — Beth Ann Mayer
Mexican with a twist in Mystic
A ferry journey from Orient Level helps join you to Rio Salado, a vibrant new spot for Mexican meals in Mystic, Conn. “The components are genuine to Mexican delicacies,” stated government chef Frances Medina, “however elevated with a contemporary twist.”
The most important twist stands out as the chef herself, who relishes upending expectations. “When individuals discover out I’m a Puerto Rican lady rocking out tremendous genuine Mexican meals, there are all the time some shocking reactions,” stated Medina. “It’s such a posh delicacies that I’m continuously studying new issues and increasing my data.”
Order the chef’s favourite pairing of puerco de cochinita pibil, a dish from the Yucatán that includes pork sluggish braised in bitter orange and achiote, and Piña Asada, a cocktail of house-infused habanero tequila, lime, vanilla and grilled pineapple. Then, for after-dinner drinks or dessert, head to Combine at Sift, above Sift Bake Store in downtown Mystic. The beautiful new rooftop cocktail lounge is a summer season dream. — Michelina Da Fonte
Genuine Italian from a well-known chef in Smithtown
If bagels are the unofficial breakfast meals of Lengthy Island, Italian is our area’s dinner of alternative. However chef Marco Pellegrini has a secret for you: Most of it isn’t genuine. “If you happen to journey to Italy as we speak, you received’t discover spaghetti and meatballs,” says Pellegrini.
Pellegrini isn’t judging. However he would know what actual Italian tastes like. He had a 26-year profession as a chef in Italy earlier than transferring stateside about eight years in the past. North Forkers will bear in mind him: He served because the chef at Caci North Fork in Southold till it closed in 2018.
Now, the Umbrian native resides his American dream and serving genuine Italian fare in Smithtown as co-owner and chef of Osteria Umbra. Company can watch their meats, like veal and steak, cook dinner on a 13-foot wood-fired range within the eating room. Pastas, together with do-it-yourself ravioli with ricotta cheese and a black truffle sauce, are all do-it-yourself. Pellegrini is hard-pressed to dish on which one he likes greatest. “It’s like should you had been to ask me which one is my favourite son,” he stated with amusing. — B.A.M.
Instagram influenced consolation meals in Huntington
Sal DiBenedetto, recognized to Instagram as @thegrubfather, rose to fame for his double-tap-worthy meals and journey content material. However today, individuals are touring to Huntington to take images of (and eat) the consolation meals made in his first restaurant, The Grub Store. The cheesesteaks have change into an in a single day success; visitors can select from the ribeye or rooster made with a proprietary cheese mix.
“I’ve labored with among the greatest eating places around the globe and have change into so impressed by the business that I knew it was lastly time to color my very own image,” DiBenedetto stated.
That image consists of a big mural of the late, adventurous chef Anthony Bourdain contained in the restaurant. “Anthony Bourdain modified my life and confirmed me that meals goes effectively past simply taste and presentation, but in addition tells a narrative,” DiBenedetto stated. “His work is the rationale I bought into what I do.” — B.A.M.
A Korean meals crawl in Manhattan
Sure, eating places are nonetheless opening in New York Metropolis in 2021, and one of many largest developments is what you would possibly name “artistic Korean.” Impressed by Korean road meals and knowledgeable by different cuisines, these eating places are filled with taste and flat-out enjoyable. Begin on the Higher East Aspect at Kjun, a novel Korean-Cajun takeout-only idea from chef Jae Jung, who has labored at Michelin-starred eating places. Take her meals to go and have a socially distanced picnic in Central Park.
At Ssäm Bar from Momofuku, newly relocated to scenic South Avenue Seaport, one other younger lady chef, Eunjo Park, is serving up dishes like white pepper wings, “extraordinarily spicy” scallop kimbap and the signature ssäm (Korean lettuce wraps) crammed with skirt steak, crispy hake and grilled pork stomach.
Or take pleasure in a metropolis stroll whereas chomping on a Korean corn canine, which come doused in spicy sauces and over-the-top toppings like crispy rice, potato cubes and injeolmi, a candy rice cake. Competing chains Snowy Village (in Instances Sq. and the Meatpacking District) and Two Fingers (within the East Village, with two extra NYC places promised quickly) make sure you’re by no means too distant out of your subsequent snack. — Sara Austin
Small plates with massive taste in Roslyn
With regards to Greek meals on Lengthy Island, Roslyn is on the head of the desk: The city has Kyma, Limani and now, Limani Mezze. Headed up by the identical group that runs Limani, this Greek eatery facilities on a foodie trend-turned-mainstay: small plates.
The menu options about three dozen choices to combine and match, together with octopus and moussaka spring rolls. They’re designed to share and spark conversations, making for a vigorous alternative as diners emerge safely from the final yr of quarantine.
The wine record boasts loads of Greek choices for these on the lookout for an genuine Mediterranean expertise. Clinking glasses within the whitewashed room with gentle blue and wood accents looks like a terrific escape, even when it’s solely about an hour from Riverhead. — B.A.M.