Catfish Cafe is more than just a restaurant. It's a place that seeks to nourish both the body and soul with Southern specialties. Chicken comes in myriad forms, fried and sided with waffles or cooked in one of three styles—baked, barbecue, or jerk. If seafood is your thing, try the catfish, whiting, or tilapia entrees, or opt for the hearty seafood platter, complete with all three fish in nugget form. You can keep your taste buds guessing by pairing meals with collard greens and candied yams, or by finishing things with a slice of sweet potato pie.
Chefs at Prime Catch Seafood Bar & Lounge grill, roast, and broil a smattering of surf 'n' turf selections, serving them up in a lively, cozy dining room with festive, cinnamon-red walls and warm, glowing string lights. Swordfish, ahi tuna, and lobster headline the bill of seafood options, which arrive drizzled with savory sauces such as sambuca-infused dijonnaise and lemon-chardonnay cream. Turf-based dishes include the classic chicken parmesan and the 10-ounce filet mignon. A full bar proffers European draft beers and several signature martinis, and an extensive wine list includes tasting notes that make it easy to pair beverages with menu items and to cram for the wine quiz that's delivered with every dessert. Daytime patrons can nosh on lighter lunch fare⎯such as a surf ‘n’ turf wrap or fish and chips⎯on the outside patio during the summer months, or drop in on a Friday night for live music and karaoke.
Chef Ayhan opened his first restaurant on Long Island more than 35 years ago, setting the stage for a fiefdom of successful Mediterranean restaurants across the region, each one serving up freshly caught seafood, succulent kebabs, and creamy hummus. The menu draws inspiration from the cuisines of Cyprus, Turkey, Greece, and Israel, entertaining taste buds with an eclectic mix of dishes, such as doner gyro kebab, spinach-and-feta pie, sesame-crusted salmon, and char-grilled calamari.
By taking its name from a classic 18th- and 19th-century painting style used to create seascapes, Aquarelle 45 calls the ocean to mind. The eatery juts out over the Long Island Sound, providing its diners with stunning vistas of Manhasset Bay and the pristine marina on three of its four sides. These sights can be enjoyed from amid the dining room's airy, cream-hued walls and floors designed to resemble planks of beached wood, or on the outdoor patio during the warmer months. Here, the staff has created a setting intended to be reminiscent of a majestic Mediterranean isle, far away from the shores of New York.
This dedication to the comforts of the Mediterranean also inspires the chefs, who incorporate elements of Greek, Italian, and French dishes into their cuisine. While the prominent display of on-ice fish and live lobsters demonstrate a passion for ocean-fresh seafood, Aquarelle 45 adopts a wider approach to cooking healthful and flavorful cuisine. Steaks, chicken entrees, and pasta dishes all appear throughout the menu, which changes regularly to accommodate seasonal ingredients and the Oxford English Dictionary's most current spelling for "shrimp."
Not even Hurricane Sandy could stop Rachel’s Waterside Grill from treating its guests to feasts of fresh seafood. One year after the devastating storm, the completely refurbished cafe dishes up sandwiches, salads, and hearty brunches and breakfasts made with locally acquired ingredients, earning praise from regulars and awards from regional chambers of commerce.
The waterfront eatery—voted Best Seafood on Long Island in the Long Island Press's Best of LI in 2011, 2012, and 2013—hooks up its customers with delicious, fresh-from-the-sea catches, like a dating service for mermen. Cooks simmer these seafoods in housemade sauces and speckle them atop veggie-laden plates. An indoor seating area treats guests to a painted seascape, while the expansive, heated seaside deck regales al fresco diners with the real thing.
Since 1988, diners have been struggling to decide whether Nautilus Cafe’s artfully plated dishes or its waterfront views are more pleasing to the eye. Today, Chef Brian Crofton and Chef de Cuisine Edwin Segovia continue the restaurant’s tradition of serving both classic preparations of prime steaks and maine lobsters, and their innovative twists garnered an OpenTable Diner’s Choice win for seafood in 2011. In the kitchen, they swathe tilapia in a macadamia crust and top it with champagne beurre blanc and mango salsa, and they roast long island duckling before serving it with a port-wine raspberry sauce. The chefs host two-for-one Lobsterfest every Monday and Steak Night every Wednesday, where diners pair boneless prime rib or a veal porterhouse chop with Brooklyn beer or a Grey Goose martini. If you look quickly at the dining room, you might be fooled into thinking you’re on a docked ship. Large, square windows tilt slightly to the outside of the restaurant, where Woodcleft Canal’s boats are docked and on display, and wooden booths call to mind a captain’s salon without the usual Popeye calendar. Wooden beams travel the length of the ceiling to the bar, where glasses swell with wines from California, France, Italy, New Zealand, Australia, and Germany.