Brasserie 214 traces its roots far across the space-time continuum. The original iteration of the restaurant launched way back in 1938, but recent renovations and menu evolutions have brought French, Northern Italian, Belgian, German, and Scandinavian culinary traditions to the fore. Entrees such as salmon niçoise and duck à l'orange, as well as specialty schnitzels, exemplify the kind of elegant dinner, lunch, and brunch fare prepared by the skilled chefs. Imported beers and stateside craft brews pour from the taps to complement that selection. Of course, it wouldn't be a Long Island brasserie or a valid retirement destination without a robust cocktail selection. To that end, bartenders mix together specialty martinis, sangria, and sidecars with Bacardi, Disaronno, and fresh lemon juice served in a sugar-rimmed martini glass.
Meats, cheeses, fruits, and veggies line the counters and display cases at DaVinci Gourmet Market, where chefs draw upon a palette of fresh ingredients to compose take-home entrees and catered meals each day. To-go containers nearly overflow with wild-rice salad or crab cakes, and entrees of grilled salmon or roasted chicken make for ephemeral table centerpieces. The sun rises over omelets and traditional two-egg breakfasts, and the lunch menu’s specialty paninis invoke the Leaning Tower of Pisa with their stacked toppings and unstable groundwork of toasted ciabatta bread.
Capers has dry-cured a name for itself as a steady purveyor of specialty Italian meats, cheeses, and imported European delicacies, in addition to filling neighborhood bellies with classic deli fare. In the wee hours of each morning, Capers hoists itself out of bed to nourish its patrons with morning fare that ranges from basic to downright savory, including signature breakfast sandwiches ($3.99–$4.99) and three-egg omelettes ($4.99).
Certified Zumba instructor and passionate professional dancer, Elizabeth Mooney, guides students of all shapes and sizes on the path toward health and wellness. A medley of upbeat, Latin tunes infuse the Zumba studio with electric energy as Elizabeth takes up to 50 classmates through a series of easy-to-follow dance steps. Calories and inhibitions are shed as clients hone lower-body strength and moves that make wedding crashing seem like a welcomed practice. Classes are currently available three days per week (Mondays and Thursdays at 5 p.m., and Fridays at 11 a.m.).
Inspired by cuisines of the world, Collette at Sunflower Catering whips up meals with seasonal and natural ingredients, as well as pinches of exotic spice. From harissa-infused Israeli-style couscous and hoisin chicken to American-style chicken pot pie, Sunflower Catering customizes its menus to suit hosts' tastes and budgets. Sunflower Catering sets up each meal buffet-style and returns to collect loaned servingware after guests have gone home or curled up under the table.