Tasty Crêpes's capable crepe craftsmen flip sweet and savory griddle cakes, artfully dressing them in delectable toppings that include local and sustainable fruits and vegetables. Strolling down a cafeteria-style line, patrons belly up to the serving counter to admire cooks as they sizzle traditional or whole-wheat batter on hot plates and then shout out specialty ingredients to customize their edible pouch. In honey-mustard crepes ($6.50), chicken, honey mustard, and herb crème shimmy through fluffy caverns, and chocolate brownies and bananas sweetly cohabitate inside the Brownie Passion crepe ($5.50). For satiating self-expression, diners can color a plain flour canvas ($3.99) with an assortment of cheese, meat, fruit, and nut toppings ($1 each). To wash tender morsels down hatches, nibblers can sip a 100% juice fruit smoothie—a much safer way to get your daily dosage of fruit than ransacking a still-life art class.
OceanView Bistro’s BYOB policy doesn’t apply to its chefs, who use wine as an ingredient in several dishes, including a chicken stew marinated in red wine and mussels sautéed in white wine. The bistro's dinner menu boasts an all-French lineup of escargot hors d’oeuvres, stews, seafood, and dessert crepes drizzled in lemon or orange sauce and served with scoops of ice cream. During breakfast and lunch hours, the chefs shift gears from French to American and serve up deli sandwiches, burgers, and pancakes.
Dena Fenza’s love for cooking isn’t just evident in the artfully prepared and meticulously garnished plates that top the tables at BlonDee’s Bistro & Bar, it’s in her blood. Having learned how to cook the old-fashioned way—by spending time in the kitchen with members of her large, Italian family—she developed a passion that led her to cofound the catering company Two Blondes and A Stove. At the beginning of 2013, Dena transformed her business into BlonDee’s, where she augments her family’s European traditions with twists from other continents, producing dishes such as thai meatballs and duck au poivre tacos. During breakfast hours, her diners are presented with croissant french toast with Nutella and an omelet made with lump crab and tarragon butter, and lunch guests dig into a Blonde Bombshell burger on brioche roll. Dishes named after famous figures make their way onto the kids menu, which includes Winnie The Pooh pancakes and a Miss Piggy quesadilla.
After breakfast and lunch, Dena and her team transform the spacious restaurant into a cozy evening eatery complete with cloth-covered tables and twinkling candles, as highlighted by Long Island Newsday. Amid this romantic scene, the staff serves tapas-style dishes made from a range of international ingredients such as green mussels from New Zealand, the country whose people are called Kiwis and birds are called Robots. Not one to hog all the talent, Dena shares her secrets during hands-on cooking classes held in the restaurant’s kitchen, where she goes the extra mile by providing students with complimentary wine and cheese.
Five-year-old local favorite Ludlow Bistro cooks up innovative, yet simple cuisine and compliments it with modern décor and a friendly, attentive serving staff that will try to meet any request—except for those beginning with "I dare you to…" Diners can dig their claws into artfully arranged appetizers such as the lump crab cakes, whose citrus-marinated fennel and carrots jam harmoniously with chili aioli ($13). Pastas, such as the fresh buccatini, take tongues on a tour of the Tuscan countryside with a merry band of pan-seared chicken, hand-crushed plum tomatoes, and bruchetta goat cheese ($23), along with a sassy 40-year-old divorcée trying to find herself. Savor a whiskered water dweller with the Cajun seared cat fish, paired with a zesty duo of spicy coleslaw and chili cream-corn beurre blanc ($25). Carnivorous connoisseurs, meanwhile, will want to feast on finless finds such as the rib eye with herb gnocchi, caramelized peppers, and a port-wine reduction ($28) or a grilled pork chop, accompanied by braised red swiss chard, gorgonzola mashed potatoes, and caramelized peaches ($26). Oven originals are also on hand, including freshly baked breads and desserts.
Servers at The New York Stuffed Cone Company scoop ice cream crafted from natural ingredients, alternating creamy layers with crushed candy, fruit, and other toppings. The resulting creation, a stuffed cone or sundae, might require a spoon to do the heavy lifting needed to eat brownie bits and bananas mixed with flavors such as english butter toffee, chocolate-raspberry truffle, and coconut avocado. Sweet-seekers can opt for a belgian waffle stuffed with caramelized bacon or cupcakes baked fresh onsite. With free WiFi, they can wile away their stay by browsing the Net and sipping italian espresso and cappuccinos.