Hungry stomachs are forced to contemplate cooking their own food while our brains are busy plotting ways to make Hollywood starlets fall in love with our ungainly cousins. Quell an insurgent appetite with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of southwest-influenced dishes and cocktails at Coyote Restaurant & Waterfront Lounge, located on Waterview Road in Island Park. You can also reach Coyote by sea in Reynolds Channel before Long Beach Bridge.
Coyote Restaurant's recently revamped menu focuses on the cuisine of the southern border region. Starters such as chorizo, roasted corn, and avocado quesadillas ($9) and pulled pork carnitos sliders ($8) draw deliciously on influences from both side of the Rio Grande, while new entrees like ancho seared salmon ($22), slow cooked baby back ribs ($21), and warm lobster and avocado salad ($21) hold their own against Coyote classics like the Grilled Cowboy Steak, served with Texas mashed potatoes, caramelized onions, and romesco sauce ($27) (no cowboys are harmed during the making of this steak). Add extras like chili-lime fries, roasted corn and green chili rice, tobacco onion rings, or ranchero beans, each $5.
In addition to the warm, rustic interior, Coyote also offers romantic waterfront seating on an outdoor patio that's covered with a canopy to protect diners from spontaneously petrifying hummingbirds. Daily drink specials and live music on the patio on weekend nights keep things lively.
104 Waterview Rd.
Island Park, New York 11588Get Directions