The fresh fare at Berry Healthy Cafe helps keep taste buds happy and bodies in shape. Lean meats and veggies are the stars of the menu's toasty wraps and paninis, such as the Tuscany chicken and the Greek-a-licious—a bundle of chicken, feta, sun-dried tomatoes, and Destiny's Child. Patrons can customize fresh chopped salads by first choosing a base of iceberg, romaine, or spinach, then mixing in five or more toppings that range from roast beef to herbivore-friendly chickpeas, artichokes, and olives. Low-fat smoothies include the Sunrise Sensation, which blends peaches, mango, and pineapple. Supplement-enhanced smoothies fortify muscles or immune systems with potent ingredients such as goji berries, açai, and whey or soy protein.
One of the oldest operating bars in Huntington, Finnegan's serves a mix of classic pub fare, contemporary dishes, and timeless brews for all palates and personalities. Cozied up along the dark wooden bar, guests can gander through the recently updated menu—a menu that was designed by culinary director Peter Lessing, the 2006 winner of the American Culinary Federation's Chef of the Year award. Visits get off to a steaming start with the hot spinach and artichoke dip served with tortilla chips ($8.95), and then hit their true stride with angus beef, ground turkey, or chicken pub burgers ($8.50 each) available with toppings such as swiss cheese, honey mustard, bacon, or pesto ($0.75 each). After a long, transatlantic doggie-paddle, champions from across the pond can refuel with fish and chips—traditional beer-battered cod served with tartar sauce and malt vinegar ($15.95)—while carnivorous connoisseurs dig into the marinated, onion-topped flank steak framed by mashed potatoes and sautéed vegetables. All entrees, bunned or sans bun, are served with a choice of french fries, sweet potato fries, onion rings, or coleslaw.
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.
Owner and Chef Michael Hauser established Crew Kitchen & Bar within a renovated home across the street from Huntington Harbor, according to Huntington Patch. It’s a setting that perfectly complements the Zagat-rated restaurant's commitment to homespun charm. This commitment is readily apparent throughout the menu of internationally influenced comfort foods. Braised boneless short ribs with garlic mashed potatoes embrace classic american flavors, but dishes such as paella and sesame-crusted tuna with ginger-hoisin sauce demonstrate the chefs' willingness to borrow from other cuisines. Cerulean dominates the dining room's color scheme. With the exception of the stark-white chair rails and the photographs in simple white frames, the deep shade of blue blankets the walls and even appears on the carpeted floors and flowing curtains. When the weather permits, the restaurant opens its side doors and allows diners to enjoy their meals on the sun-soaked porch.
Though the frozen yogurt at The Frozen Kettle Yogurt & More can be enjoyed year round, staff like to switch up some of the shop's other offerings based upon the season. In the summer, for example, they serve Uncle Louie G gourmet Italian ices alongside the 18 daily flavors of frozen yogurt. But when the weather starts getting cold, guests can warm up with four varieties of piping hot Hale & Hearty soups, before cooling off again with a frozen dessert. That the eatery likes to shake things up shouldn't come as a surprise––after all, their signature frozen yogurts can be customized with 55 toppings such as fresh fruit, candy, and whipped cream, meaning guests never have to have the same treat twice.