Cornucopia's Noshery, selected as Newsday's Best Pancakes in Long Island, pelts most of the food pyramid at brunch-goers. With a menu that rotates in tandem with the axis of the Earth, Cornucopia turns out inspired spins on daytime meals. Yolk-swimmers can dive into a pool of three-egg omelettes ($8), such as the Corny Big Boy, an exceptionally large lad dressed snappily in sausage, bacon, and ham. The special pancakes, topped with granola and yogurt or a choice of fruit ($7.50), have been known to sidle up to the toast ($1.50), cheesy hominy, or Irish oatmeal ($3.50 each). Get your own goat with the veggie goat sandwich, grilled veggies, herb goat cheese, mixed greens, and roasted onions living under a focaccia bread bridge ($7.50). An open, sunny eatery that blossomed from the stems of an old flower shop, Cornucopia's supports local farms, organic and fair-trade coffees and teas, and spurring endorphin release with a cascade of comestibles.
The chefs at Bellissimo Ristorante Italiano craft traditional Tuscan and Sicilian dishes as well as their own idiosyncratic takes on classic Italian recipes. While digging into a half chicken breast in sage butter sauce, diners can admire the eatery’s wrought-iron chandeliers and walls painted to resemble an Italian villa. Tromp l’oeil arched pillars frame murals of pastoral Tuscan landscapes, depicting mountains, vineyards, and groups of tourists asking for directions.
To characterize Ginza as swanky is a bit of an understatement. In the expansive dining room plush chairs and candlelit tables rest beneath high ceilings, from which thin, golden chains drape beneath studio lighting. Amid Japanese statues and photomurals of pedestrians, the wait staff ferries platefuls of creations made at the sushi bar and the kitchen, including one of 19 specialty rolls or grilled filet mignon. In the lounge, bartenders pour eight signature cocktails, sake flights, or wines from various countries such as California, France, Italy, and Japan.
It all started with a patty. When Ephraim and Mavis Hawthorne would prepare their family's recipe for the traditional Jamaican meal in their St. Andrew's bakery, their son Lowell would follow along. He would watch studiously as his parents filled golden pastry pockets with steamy mouthfuls of jerk chicken, spicy beef, curried shrimp, soy, or veggies, memorizing the feel and consistency of the patties and the mouthwatering smell gradually filling the warm kitchen. Lowell and his siblings crafted a well-rounded menu from their family’s still-secret recipes and took it to the Bronx, where they opened the first Golden Krust restaurant in 1989. Since then, the popular Caribbean chain has spread over nine states, and Lowell's business savvy has earned him recognition, including an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award and a thumbs-ups from every Fortune magazine in his doctor’s office. The Hawthorne siblings have shared their success with both the American and Caribbean communities, creating a foundation in honor of their parents that grants college scholarships and sponsors educational programs.