Hot potato, the earliest dish designed to be passed, is nearly extinct due to the constant ravages of grade-school appetites. Today’s Groupon revives shifting sustenance: for $15, you get $35 worth of globally 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 small plates and tapas, although bigger entrees are available to stockpile in secret Swiss bank accounts. Chef Alexis Trolf cooks up starters such as frites served with curry aiolo ($5) and fry bread panzanella, a bread and salad sea of grapes, celery, and goat cheese tossed with artichokes, tomatoes, and vinaigrette ($9). Sandwiches, tacos, and paella are available in addition to the tiny yet mighty small plates, which include skirt-steak skewers with grilled olives and chimmi-churri ($9) and jumbo crab with vine-ripened tomatoes, avocado, and herb vinaigrette ($11). Large plates such as braised Monkfish ($22) ease miniature-phobics into the cool waters of tasty tidbits.
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 petrified hummingbirds. Daily drink specials and live music are also available Wednesday though Sunday.
104 Waterview Rd.
Island Park, New York 11588Get Directions