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.
On Sunday at Cannon's Blackthorn, a fluid collective of flutists, drummers, and fiddlers gather around brick fireplaces and play traditional Irish music through the afternoon. They welcome all musicians into their circle, as well as the occasional Irish dancers, whose footfalls reverberate off the dining room's stone floors and wood walls. Though Sundays provide the liveliest display of Irish pride at Cannon's Blackthorn, the eatery celebrates Irish culture in more subtle ways throughout the week. Dining companions can settle into private enclaves to share a romantic dinner and whisper sweet nutritional facts into one another's ears before noshing on hearty meat stews and pot pies. Additionally, bartenders pour brews until 4 a.m. seven nights a week.
When not detailing playing-card cakes from moldable fondant, Get Baked prides itself on being a one-stop shop for lounging and noshing on all things crumbly sweet and oven baked. Fragrances of fresh-made focaccia, apple turnovers, and 100% Arabica blend coffee fill the quaint bakery where modern hanging lights dangle overhead like blown glass flowers. Beside red and black armchairs, display cases boast neat rows of cookies, brownies, and signature cupcakes such as roman apple and caramel Snickers. Get Baked also offers gelato and sorbet made with all-natural Italian imported ingredients, and 100 flavors of chilly snoball, made with ice crushed by the boxing gloves of Italy's own Rocky Balboa.
At Cielo Ristorante Italiano, candles cast orbs of light on white linens. Marble columns intersperse potted palms, and marigold walls sport paintings of the Italian countryside, where meatballs roam free. In addition to the decor, Cielo Ristorante Italiano pays homage to the Mediterranean with traditional Italian dishes and drinks. Chefs toss pastas with fresh tomatoes and italian meats and drizzle free-range chicken and veal with herb-infused white-wine sauces, and servers happily suggest pairings from the eatery’s ample Italian wine menu.
The soft glow of flames emanates from the stone fireplaces at Grillfire Long Beach, rippling over wall-mounted wine racks and settling upon diners with plates of herb-grilled pork chops and house-made chicken pot pie. Servers suggest wines from the wine list to complement these dishes as well as herb-grilled pork chop entrees, rich portions of macaroni 'n' cheese crowned with a layer of toasted herb bread crumbs, and the customer's iris color. Live music mingles with conversation during live performances on the weekends.
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.