Very few people take the time to wine and dine their significant other, instead organizing date nights to divine buried water lines using forked sticks. Treat someone special to a night out to somewhere other than the wilderness with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of fine American dining at 490 West in Carle Place.
This new upscale eatery from owner and head chef Pat Ippolito features an inventive menu of items made with natural, organic, and locally sourced ingredients whenever possible. Get an intimate dinner going with a grumble-snuffing appetizer like Kobe beef sliders smothered in aged cheddar ($12). Lobster ravioli in a vanilla crème sauce can be plated for a single serving ($15) or for sharing with a non-crustacean companion ($23). Alternatively, selfishly hoard the Long Island duck breast with spinach, roasted fingerling potatoes, and black currants ($22). Savor succulent seafood entrees such as bacon-wrapped wild monkfish plated with mussels, squash, and a saffron curry ($24), which is much tastier than monkfish wrapped in burlap and contemplating universal truths.
For dessert, discover a deconstructed banana split or hazelnut cheesecake ($8 each), and add in fresh berries with sabayon for an additional $4.50. A full bar is available to provide beer and cocktail creations, and 490 West’s lengthy wine list of varietals from around the world lets sommelier-aspiring diners pair a grape-based beverage with each course, such as a glass of Casa Donoso chardonnay ($9) for fish dishes or a sippy cup of Welch’s to drink with breakfast the next morning.
Executive chef Pat Ippolito may be a culinary professional, but his mother, Norine, makes the tiramisu at his restaurant. As the New York Times noted in its favorable review, the seasonally changing gourmet meals at 490 West are often a family effort. Ippolito comes from a restaurant family, and on the weekends, Norine and his wife, Meredith, help him prepare his upscale bistro cuisine in the white- and taupe-hued dining room.
The plates they carry are strewn with artfully assembled dishes: wildflowers perch atop stacks of shrimp and greens; vibrant, fuschia-streaked sprouts crown a fillet of just-caught fish; and sun-yellow sauce highlights a row of mussels. However, Ippolito and his family don't just choose ingredients for their beauty; they collect organic and locally acquired produce whenever possible, and every fish is wild and brought to the kitchen the very day it's served. No added antibiotics or hormones sully the menu's natural meats, and there are even some gluten-free dishes available—but they don't respond well to pickup lines. Examples of these conscientiously culled inputs include escargots exalted by the Times, steak, baked brie, and salmon. A tasting menu whets appetites for crab cakes, and a prix fixe menu showcases multiple-course specialties.
490 Westbury Ave.
Carle Place, New York 11514Get Directions