Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Louis XVI Restaurant

600 Ocean Avenue, Patchogue, NY 11772, 631-654-8970

We LOVE it here. We're in the area during the summers and this place is beautifully situated on the Great South Bay. The dining room is elegant and comfortable with plenty of room between tables so you can focus on your food and your companion. Service is friendly and relaxed. You won't be rushed out here! The food is classic and delicious French with unusually generous portions. In between courses, the wonderful chef sends out several rounds of amuse bouche, the most heavenly tasting little "offerings."  And just when you think you can't eat another bite...the signature chocolate dessert is a religious experience and must not be skipped! Save up your money and bring your appetite. You won't be disappointed!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Le Boeuf A La Mode

539 East 81st Street, New York, NY 10028, 212-249-1473, www.leboeufalamode.net

We frequently pass this restaurant on our way to the upper east side river promenade. Although it's closed during the day when we walk by, it’s unusual, out-of-the-way location piqued our interest so we returned at dinner time.

Monday, May 11, 2009


1431 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10028, 212-650-0850


This Turkish/ Mediterranean offers meze's (small dishes) in a beautiful, colorful setting. The inlaid Mosaic-topped tables are pretty but small and, since the whole menu concept involves sharing, dining can be a little cramped. But the taste largely makes up for it.

Monday, May 4, 2009

American Bounty Restaurant at the CIA

American Bounty Restaurant at the CIA
Asparagus Salad
The menu at the American Bounty is seasonal with a lot of emphasis on presentation. A classic beet & goat cheese salad got an updated look but retained the great classic taste and a gnocchi appetizer was perfectly flavored. An entree of fillet of beef served with purple potato salad and fried plantains was tender and delicious. Unfortunately, we did find the plantains to be a little overdone and tough. A BBQ short rib that melted in the mouth was served over a tasty spiced coleslaw and fabulous yucca fritters.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

The Culinary Institute of America - Hyde Park, NY

The Culinary Institute of America  -  Hyde Park, NYDining at any of the restaurants at the Culinary Institute of America is much more than just a meal.