Kitchen A Bistro's chef changes the restaurant’s menu––which features regional Mediterranean flavors grounded by classical French techniques––on a daily basis. This ever-rotating selection of rustic-yet-refined food—which Zagat rated in its "extraordinary to perfection" range—is created with fresh, organic ingredients. Tender braised duck can sit atop a bed of hand-cut pasta, savory pork is occasionally accented with polenta and roasted fennel, and clams simmer in a saffron-tinged chowder. With its dark wooden tables, cream-colored walls, and windows covered by burgundy drapes, Kitchen A Bistro's dining room almost resembles an elegant family home instead of a restaurant. Sconces cast a soft glow throughout the earth-toned space, illuminating the walls' collection of framed pictures and bronzed spelling tests.
Spezia comforts diners with hearty Italian entrees such as the "homey, meaty lasagna," according to an article in Newsday or "a classic done right" in their linguine in clam sauce from The New York Times review. Whether ordering à la carte or from the prix-fixe menu, housemade pastas and sauces, and veal, chicken, and seafood entrees are all so comforting that customers take their leftovers home to stuff into their pillows.
Live music and a duo of fireplaces create a cozy ambience inside Restaurant Five Five 2, an eatery named for its address on North Country Road in St. James. Chef prepares small-plate tapas such as the PEI mussels steamed in lobster broth and salmon tartare served on crisp wontons with spicy mayo, and also more substantial entrees such as New York Strip Steak or Linguini Pescatore. Don't miss out on desserts such as the crème brûlée, which a New York Times food writer called "perfect: thick, cold and satiny." Five Five 2 was also voted one of the best restaurants of 2013 by Newsday.