Executive chef and owner Matthew Guiffrida infuses contemporary fare with an innovative spirit in Muse Restaurant & Aquatic Lounge’s menu, which has been lauded in the New York Times. Not Ya Mama’s meatballs ($12) dress up the savory spheres in four varieties: Asian-style with sweet-and-spicy chili sauce, Italian-style with pomodoro sauce and shaved parmesan, a Thanksgiving-inspired treatment with a cranberry and caramelized-vidalia-onion compote, and standard swedish. Upscale couch potatoes can surround themselves with elegance without sneaking into a king's blanket fort as they feast on The T.V. Dinner, which consists of milk-fed-veal meat loaf with grilled portobellos and homemade ketchup glaze ($26). The Breakfast 4 Supper cloaks black-pepper-and-parmesan french toast with chipotle-maple syrup, served alongside sweet-potato corned-beef hash, a poached egg, and béarnaise sauce ($24). Simply Grilled entrees give new york strip or Atlantic salmon a more minimalist treatment and an entourage of garlic-infused whipped potatoes and grilled asparagus ($29).
The close-knit crew at DoLittle’s Restaurant slings out a diverse menu of continental cuisine that runs the gamut from basic burgers and pastas to lobster tails and steak. Patrons seeking homespun fare can dive into Cajun-chicken-club wraps ($14) and baskets of crispy fish 'n' chips ($15) and upscale appetites chow down on 16-ounce New York–sirloin steak ($22) or seafood pasta teeming with mussels, clams, and shrimp ($22). As the fight about the herb-stuffed brie ($12) and its toasted french bread and green-apple slices rages at tables around the room, DoLittle’s Restaurant’s master mixologists are busy behind the bar pouring drams of ale and whipping up cocktails.
At Four, chefs prep fresh Long Island edibles, which are under the influence of Asian-American flavors and techniques. Lunch and dinner menus include wonders such as tomato and mozzarella flatbread ($12), and crispy calamari with mango chutney, banana chips, and jalapeno cream ($15). Entrees include complex servings of pan-roasted black bass with hearty veggies and warm truffle vinaigrette ($24 at lunch, $29 at dinner), and a 12 ounce NY strip ($17 at lunch, $38 at dinner) with enough fried zucchini, horseradish, and green peppercorn sauce to make a taste bud retire, take up golf, and spend more time with his saliva glandchildren.
The sushi chefs at Black Lantern Sushi Den, a registered Green Restaurant, cook up a full roster of Japanese delicacies, tightly enveloping ingredients within more than 35 sushi rolls. Nosh on all-natural options like the stuffed baby mushrooms ($12), plump with breadcrumbs, or sink ravenous teeth into nigiri and sashimi ($4.50+). Eel and cucumber play fine neighbors to seaweed and rice within the Azalia roll ($13). Meanwhile, the Violet Lily Roll ($16) sets up seared ginger salmon and goat cheese on a tasteful double date with roasted portobello and jalapeños before letting them bunk together in one rice sleeping bag.
As the largest comedy festival on Long Island, the Long Island Comedy Festival hosts both a large-bodied comedian (6'6" Chris Roach) and a large lineup of human jokeboxes. The festival promotes the art of stand-up, comedy that relies on one man’s fast-paced jokes and stories rather than a group’s prolonged bouts of pie-flinging. Friday's lineup includes Al Lubel (featured on The Late Show with David Letterman), Maria Walsh (also known as "America's Naughtiest Mommy"), and Richie Byrne, who has had comedy appearances on Comedy Central and VH1. Saturday's 7:30 p.m. show includes J. Jay Boyd (who grew up in Port Jefferson, went to Port Jefferson High School, and is now a national headliner), Robin Fox, George Gallo, and Randy Levin, and the 9:30 p.m. show features Frankie Pace (featured on The Tonight Show and SNL) Christine O'Leary, Willy Sacco, and Paul Anthony. Check the schedule for new developments. Call ahead, as seat reservations are required.
Haft2Laugh Comedy Productions, helmed by New York native Eric Haft, beckons comedians from the tri-state area to Hotel Indigo East End’s stage to ignite thunderous guffaws. Haft steers the night into funny-bone-tickling territory with his unique blend of comedy and theater, cracking up audiences with standup bits that have included impersonations of Marlon Brando and Robert De Niro acting in Shakespearean plays. Fellow laugh magnets Jim Gallagher, who has appeared on MTV and Comedy Central, Rich Walker, voted Best Comedian on Long Island by Best of LI 2012, and Stevie GB join the night's reverie, along with an unknown roster of surprise guests. Between chuckle fits and slapping strangers’ knees, audience members sip from glasses of wine to help loosen their diaphragms for more contagious laughter.