Cars whizzing down the North Wading River road could easily miss Michael Anthony's Food Bar, a handsome restaurant nestled amid leafy trees and residential homes at the threshold of wine country. The lucky patrons who do find the eatery, however, are rewarded with the dazzling site of pristine white tablecloths set with sapphire glasses, colorful hot-air balloons dangling from lofty white rafters, and bright walls speckled with vivid decor. Diners can then take a seat upon one of the soft cushions to nibble on oysters and toast their great discovery with a glass of fine wine.
Meanwhile, in the restaurant's kitchen, Chef Michael Anthony is hard at work folding fresh seafood, premium meats, and imaginative sauces into a variety of small plates, pastas, and seasonal specialties such as the pumpkin chicken with balsamic-rosemary butter or the duck breast with apricot-apple chutney. Michael has spent the last 25 years perfecting his signature "New American Cuisine" recipes, favoring inventive ingredients such as toasted-sage olive oil.
Daniel Carmody's Restaurant & Public House treats patrons to ice-cold beers paired with a spread of hearty plates home-made with fresh ingredients, from beer-battered fish and chips to rib eye steaks and spicy chicken wings. As they laugh with friends and sip frosty brews, guests watch sports on an arsenal of 25 televisions, or dance and sing along to live music each Friday and Saturday night.
The Gateway mounted its first production in 1950, making it the region?s oldest professional theater. But the venue's rich history isn't without skeletons?and many of them aren't props. During Halloween season, Gateway's talented directors, actors, and designers come together to create their own brand of terror: Gateway's Haunted Playhouse.
Each year brings new haunted themes, which often play on the theater's own history. Down dimly-let hallways and across moving floors might wait demented prop masters, deranged caretakers, or ushers who have no clue where the bathrooms are located. Audio and lighting effects add to the scares, as visitors get up close with actors decked out in high-quality makeup and costumes. The overall effect is that of an immersive play, and that unique professionalism has earned the Haunted Playhouse rave reviews and local awards.
Castello di Borghese Vineyard & Winery cultivates its grapes in Long Island soil, but its culture can be traced back to ancient Italy. In addition to Italian-inspired and wine-centric events, owners Marco and Ann Marie Borghese use old-fashioned growing and fermentation techniques to create their red and white wines. A fruity pinot noir and crisp sauvignon blanc are among their most popular varietals, but they also produce cabernet franc, meritage, and chardonnay. These wines—and the care that goes into them—have earned praise and awards from the New York Wine & Food Classic and the New York Times.
A true micro-brewery, Port Jeff Brewing Company's brewers create high-quality beers in super small batches--each batch yields just 220 gallons of beer. As a result, the beer is ultra-fresh, and brewers are allowed the freedom to create a wide variety of interesting and unique batches. At the tasting room, visitors can try the brewery's flagship Schooner Ale or the summer seasonal, White Beach Wit. They can also fill up a growler to take home for later.