Years of chasing the perfect surfing waves once led Danny and Jodi O’Donnell to Rincón, Puerto Rico, and specifically, a break named Tres Palms. When they found themselves returning to Tres Palms time and again, they knew they’d found something special—something that now lives on inside the O’Donnell’s restaurant of the same name. Overlooking the great South Bay, and offering a fresh mixture of land- and sea-based dishes, Danny and Jodi’s version of Tres Palms provides a brief island getaway right in Babylon Village. Or, as the Tres Palms website puts it, a chance to enjoy “fine dining in flip-flops.”
Numerous Irish counties lend their names to Lily Flanagan?s Pub's traditional Irish and internationally influenced meals, such as the Kerry corned beef and cabbage made with locally grown greens. The Galway Bay fish 'n' chips pairs beer-battered cod with chips that are cut by hand rather than lasers, and the Portrush pork chop flirts with the flavors of Italy with accents of sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, goat cheese, and bacon alfredo sauce.
It?s not just the food that transports diners across the pond, but the dark wood wainscoting and furniture topped with kelly-green padding. The bar pours foaming glasses of Guinness and Smithwick?s, perfect for slowly sipping while watching one of the pub's 15+ flat-screen TVs.
With a name like Monsoon, a restaurant better make an impression. So when the owners behind some of Long Island’s top restaurants, including Prime, Tellers Restaurant, and Verace, decided to open their first Asian-fusion eatery, they pulled out all the stops to ensure their bold name choice was warranted. Since opening in 2012, Monsoon has made some lasting impressions. The New York Times called it “an exciting new entry in Babylon,” and Newsday gave it a four-star review and named it No. 1 in fine dining for 2012. The restaurant is housed in a stunning 1920s bank building whose gray stone is floodlit with dramatic lighting outside to match the equally dramatic decor inside. When customers enter, they find an elegant mix of reds and purples, sleek black wall art, and modern, dark wood furniture. The artistry of this contemporary decor is reflected in the menu, which features a blend of Vietnamese, Chinese, and Thai dishes artfully plated and made with bold, colorful ingredients. Executive Chef Michael Wilson, formerly of Verace and Prime, creates dishes ranging from lobster rangoon to miso-glazed black cod to grilled rib eye with shishito peppers. The signature-drink list also flaunts creativity with cocktails such as the green-tea mojito and the Babylon Express, which features Crop cucumber vodka, St-Germain liqueur, pineapple juice, and fresh lime.
Upon disembarking at the Babylon stop of the Long Island Rail Road, the aromas from Bistro 111 already permeate the air. Less then a block away, patrons open the door, spilling forth the sight of merlot-hued walls and the cherry hardwood of a fully stocked bar. While admiring framed photos of Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe, diners peruse chef Anthony Marrali's Italian menu, which strives to bring the old country to life with recipes passed down from generation to generation. Tables fill with golden pizza dough slathered in marinara and adventurous ingredients such as prosciutto, artichoke hearts, and broccoli rabe. Patrons drop knives through steak and fish in sauces reduced to bring forth the thick, earth essence of balsamic vinegar and wines, but are discouraged from slicing into the framed landscape paintings to verify their authenticity.