Start with the calamari and save room for the fresh catch at Patchogue's Harbor Crab Co. — this Patchogue seafood spot has quite the selection.
Unwind with a glass of wine or cocktail with your meal — this restaurant has a wonderful selection of drinks to accompany your dinner.
You won't need to get a sitter before heading to this restaurant — kids are more than welcome at this family-friendly establishment.
Harbor Crab Co. is ready to make any occasion a special one with a great space and thoughtful food.
What do you need at the end of the workweek? A happy hour at Harbor Crab Co.
Getting online is easy with Harbor Crab Co.'s free and convenient wifi.
At Harbor Crab Co., there's no need to confine your meal to a traditional dining room — outdoor seating is available when the weather is warm.
Harbor Crab Co. features live DJs that are sure to amp up your evening.
This restaurant's most sought after items include Prince Edward Island Mussels, a Raw Deal, Italian Calamari, jumbo Shrimp Cocktail, and Baby Bay Crab Cakes.
If you're heading to the restaurant on a Friday or Saturday, don't get stuck in line with the rest of the crowds — reservations are accepted.
Comfort is prioritized at Harbor Crab Co., and guests are encouraged to come as they are.
If you're hoping to make a smashing impression at your next soiree, you can also have Harbor Crab Co. cater for you.
No time to sit down? No worries! This restaurant offers a take out option so you can grab your food on the go.
Score free parking at the lot adjacent to Harbor Crab Co.
You'll also find plenty of safe spaces to lock up your bike if you prefer to cycle to the restaurant.
Harbor Crab Co. is a mid-priced establishment, with the average meal costing under $30.
At Harbor Crab Co., you have the option of paying by major credit card.
Harbor Crab Co. provides morning, afternoon, and evening service, so you can easily find time to dine.
So treat yourself to something nice this weekend and head over to Harbor Crab Co. for a scrumptious seafood dish.
Throw back a few beers at English-style pub Brick House Brewery and Restaurant, and enjoy an "across the pond" experience.
With G-free dishes and fare that's low in fat, you won't feel guilty about dining out at Brick House Brewery and Restaurant.
Follow the game or the news from the TVs in the bar.
Take the kids along too — this bar is a great spot for families with food that even little ones will love.
When the weather is nice, hurry to Brick House Brewery and Restaurant to grab a spot on the patio.
Enjoy wifi here free of cost.
Seating is readily available at Brick House Brewery and Restaurant for those with large parties.
Brick House Brewery and Restaurant also serves live tunes with dinner, so guests should wear their dancing shoes.
The bar is on the noisier end, which is something to keep in mind when planning intimate get-togethers.
Crowds tend to pack the place on weekends, so call ahead to reserve a table.
Brick House Brewery and Restaurant promotes formal attire, so you can finally get some use out of your favorite, dressiest dress.
Hosting a swanky shindig? Call up Brick House Brewery and Restaurant for their catering services.
Need to get out of the house? Order and pick up from this bar.
Street parking is available, or, on busy nights, a nearby lot is another option for drivers.
Make use of the safe and efficient bike parking at Brick House Brewery and Restaurant.
Brick House Brewery and Restaurant may cost you a little bit more than some spots, but this deliciousness is fairly-priced (and well worth the few extra bucks).
Come see why Brick House Brewery and Restaurant is one of the top British pubs in Patchogue.
There's an amazing burger at Brick House Brewery and Restaurant with your name on it, so head on over today!
Any time is a good time for a burger at Brick House Brewery and Restaurant.
When you're craving a juicy burger, head over to Brick House Brewery and Restaurant and munch on one of the highly-rated choices.
PeraBell Food Bar offers a wide variety of classic American dishes.
PeraBell Food Bar is a jackpot for those looking for low-fat and gluten-free meal options.
Don't go thirsty during dinner! This restaurant also offers a splendid drink list featuring wine, beer, and more.
Little ones are just as welcome as their parents at this restaurant.
On warmer days, you can take advantage of PeraBell Food Bar's al fresco patio seating.
PeraBell Food Bar is a fine restaurant for those with large and small parties.
Don't go off the grid! With the free wifi at PeraBell Food Bar, you can surf the web and get some work done.
Don't be the last one waiting! Reserve a seat so you can eat when you're ready.
The dress code is strictly casual at PeraBell Food Bar, so come as you are (and as you are comfortable).
Looking for something delicious to serve at your next party? PeraBell Food Bar also offers catering.
If time is of the essence, this restaurant's take-out option may be a better fit.
PeraBell Food Bar's diners can safely park on the street, as well as in a nearby lot.
Make use of the luxurious bike racks at PeraBell Food Bar.
For great dishes that fall smack dab in the middle when it comes to price, PeraBell Food Bar is a reasonable option for diners of different budgets.
All major credit cards are accepted, including Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.
When you're craving a true American classic, such as a burger and fries, make your way over to PeraBell Food Bar.
Pay PeraBell Food Bar a visit today and fill up on some classic American dishes in a casual environment.
Main Street Cafe does pasta right — this Patchogue restaurant is known for its top-of-the-line Italian recipes.
For pizza or pasta just the way you like it, the restaurant offers quite the selection.
Gluten-free? Not a problem. Main Street Cafe is serving up delicious dishes with and without gluten.
Don't go thirsty during dinner! This restaurant also offers a splendid drink list featuring wine, beer, and more.
This restaurant is a terrific spot for families to gather with its kid-friendly ambience and menu.
Your large group can all sit together at Main Street Cafe.
Come order a flavorful feast at Main Street Cafe, and sit outside if it's nice!
Wifi is on the house at Main Street Cafe, so bring along your tablet or laptop.
The restaurant accepts reservations, so you can get around the busy crowd.
Leave the fancy duds at home — patrons at the restaurant dress informally.
Main Street Cafe is known for serving great food, and they are able to serve it at your next event with their excellent catering.
You've heard correctly. This restaurant offers both delivery or carryout.
Both street parking and lot parking are available near Main Street Cafe.
Store your bike at one of the many racks outside of Main Street Cafe.
Fancy snacks do come at a higher price, but wow are they delicious.
AM, midday, and PM meals are served at the restaurant, but supper takes the cake for best in show.
For a lovely Italian night out, look no further than Main Street Cafe.
If you're craving a taste of Italy, come on over to Main Street Cafe and check out the flavorful menu options.
For juicy and flavorful burgers, head to Dublin Deck.
This burger joint also operates a bar, so a round of drinks with dinner is not out of the question.
Gather the whole family for a trip to this burger joint — everyone will find something to like (even the pickiest little eater) on the menu here.
Make those early evening hours happy ones and swing by for some discounted food and drink deals after work.
Large groups will appreciate Dublin Deck for its ability to seat them quickly.
On warmer days, you can take advantage of Dublin Deck's al fresco patio seating.
Dublin Deck also features a DJ and dancing.
A relatively loud burger joint, this is not the place for a quiet night out.
Perfect for an after-work outing, Dublin Deck won't require you to change outfits before dining as the dress here is super casual.
Always five minutes behind schedule? Pick up your food to go instead.
Hosting a swanky shindig? Call up Dublin Deck for their catering services.
The only thing tastier than our food and drinks is the free parking.
At Dublin Deck, bikers can lock their bikes safely outside.
Most items on the menu are reasonably priced, so expect to spend around $30 per person at Dublin Deck.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at Dublin Deck, so come by whenever it fits your schedule.
Dublin Deck serves up some tasty and unique burger creations, so stop by today and treat yourself to something new.
So when you're in the mood for a casual dining adventure, head to Dublin Deck and try one of the tasty burgers.
Deemed "pizza of the year" every year by Del Fiore Pizza Co.'s loyal fans, this deliciously-cheesy pizza served in the heart of Patchogue will have you reaching for seconds, thirds, and even fourths.
Treat yourself to a tasty, vegan meal at Del Fiore Pizza Co.
Tots and tykes will be right at home at this pizzeria with its kid-approved food and ambience.
Your large group can all sit together at Del Fiore Pizza Co.
Lines can get long with no reservations, so be sure to plan for an early arrival.
Call Del Fiore Pizza Co. for catering if you have a big event coming up.
With food this good, you'll be running into this pizzeria to pick it up yourself.
Free parking is available to Del Fiore Pizza Co.'s diners that need it.
Expect your bill at Del Fiore Pizza Co. to come in at around $30 per person.
Breakfast bites, light lunches, and delicious dinners are all offered at Del Fiore Pizza Co.
Smothered in piping hot cheese and toppings of your choice, the pies at Del Fiore Pizza Co. come highly recommended by pizza connoisseurs.
If you can't get enough pizza, be sure to try the pies at Del Fiore Pizza Co., which earn ratings too hot to handle.
For mouthwatering pizza in a casual setting, look no further than the highly-rated Del Fiore Pizza Co.
So when pizza is calling your name, head on over to Del Fiore Pizza Co. and give into your craving.
Siu mai: small pork dumplings. Each has a thin wrapper that needs to be delicately pleated by hand. Easily, they’re one of the most labor-intensive items at Phoenix Restaurant in Chicago, where each weekend this Chinese restaurant serves 80 different varieties of classic dim sum snacks.
This little fact about the siu mai is one of many surprising stories I learn from Eddy, the chef at Phoenix, where he also handles a million other tasks to keep the restaurant running smoothly. When I first came in, he was waving at a group of regulars while on the phone haggling with a seafood vendor.
“What we are serving in this restaurant is what we are eating in Hong Kong. ... It’s very typical,” Eddy says.
In 1996, Phoenix was one of the first restaurants to introduce dim sum to Chicago. Its customer base has grown over the years, and today, even with other dim sum restaurants up and down the block, you’ll find long lines winding out the door on any given Sunday.
Sound intimidating? It doesn't have to be.
Here's our guide to dim-sum dining, with a few tips from Eddy.
On the weekend: order dim sum off a cart
On weekends and special holidays, the wait staff winds traditional dim sum carts around tables, lifting lids off stacked steamer baskets to reveal the enticing contents. Should you see something you like, they leave the basket on your table and put a checkmark on your bill (it’s tallied at the end).
Phoenix is one of the only dim-sum restaurants in Chicago that still uses these carts. When I ask Eddy why they keep them, he says “tradition.” Not only to impress the tourists who come in, but also to let Chinese-American customers share this bit of culture with their kids.
Hot tip: if you want to experience the pushcarts without the crowds, head over on a Saturday, which tends to be less busy than Sundays, Eddy says.
On a weekday: order dim sum off the menu
Cartless weekdays offer a quiet, more peaceful atmosphere for ordering off the paper menu, which you can find near the hostess stand. Don't be intimidated—the menu has pictures; it has numbers; it has names written in both Chinese and English. And best of all, you need only point to what you want to have it brought out from the kitchen.
So what should you get?
“Everyone has their favorites,” Eddy says. The most popular dishes with Westerners are ha gao (shrimp dumplings) and siu mai (pork dumplings mentioned above). Kids gravitate toward the crunchy, easy-to-grip shrimp rolls and sweeter fare, from mango pudding (pictured above) to custard rolls.
Foreign travelers, especially those from Latin America, and adventurous eaters alike seem to love the chicken feet (pictured at bottom-right of top photo), a more exotic dish consisting of skin and tendons. While all these dishes are traditional, the chefs can tweak the recipes to accommodate for special diets or food allergies.
When diners are new to dim sum, Eddy encourages them to experiment. He’ll point out a few of the more popular dishes; if there’s something they don’t end up liking, it can easily be swapped out for something else. This way, by the second or third visit, diners will have a better idea of what they like.
And don't forget the tea
At dim sum, the tea is equally important to the food. Phoenix serves three different types: green tea, white tea, and brown tea. “Each one has its own usage,” Eddy says. While we talk, we drink jasmine tea, which is good for getting rid of toxins.
You can show your dim sum know-how by obeying proper tea etiquette. When your teapot is out of water, prop the lid off to the side. This signals to the wait staff that you need more hot water.
Eddy pours more tea and tells me to tap my fingers lightly against the table when the cup is nearly full. “When your friend or host fills your tea, this means ‘thank you’,” he says. “It’s part of the custom.”
Photos by Andrew Nawrocki, Groupon
I had no idea what to expect upon arriving at Elizabeth, the Michelin Star winner from Chef Iliana Regan. But an unmarked, unremarkable storefront between a tire shop and a sporting-goods store certainly wasn’t it. With few exceptions (Schwa, most notably), Chicago’s upper-echelon restaurants boast exteriors that match their illustrious River North and Restaurant Row addresses.
But as it turns out, Regan has no taste for that sort of superficial flash. She dons no chef’s whites. She displays no awards. She does not raise her voice to the Gordon Ramsay–level roar or even the Rachael Ray-ish rollick that TV cameras eat up.
Instead, this northwest Indiana native quietly built her reputation as someone who hunts for frogs and spears them herself. Someone who has suffered tick bites and poison-ivy rashes foraging for wild flora. Someone who has penned an essay on intensity for Lucky Peach and once themed an Elizabeth tasting menu after those violent and visceral A Song of Ice and Fire novels.
So yeah, I was kinda terrified to eat her food.
I’d never done a tasting menu before. And I wouldn’t necessarily classify myself as a picky eater, but I’m not a particularly adventurous one either, particularly when it comes to meat. (I can barely look at plated octopus without shivering.) I’d heard that Regan once served edible ants. Which are, like, bugs.
My nerves were calmed upon walking into Elizabeth, though. Austere yet charming, the whitewashed space was accented by light fixtures made from bare tree branches; dining chairs draped with faux-fur slipcovers; a chef’s counter armed with Elder Scrolls and Vikings Funko Pop! dolls. It was all in support of the season’s menu theme: vikings.
There were two options: land or sea. Or, as the first in a delightful succession of servers explained it, “Imagine a viking ship has reached the shore. One group goes on land to look for food, the other into the sea.” My friend Erin and I opted to order one of each to share and, despite my trepidation of certain meats, placed no restrictions on what we would eat. (You can arrange for some allergies and dietary needs in advance.) We wanted to go all in.
After the amuse-bouche—a surprisingly complex roasted whey carrot dressed with goat’s-milk cheese and edible flowers—came our first courses. The land dish was … a bowl of rocks. The server assured me the top “rock” was actually a baked potato coated in edible clay. But it was very convincing as a rock, so I bit in with trepidation. As Erin ate the rest, dipping it into the cheese and butter puddings it was served with, I forked into her langoustine with lingonberries. (Pro tip: don’t try to tear off the claw without looking. You will stab your finger on a spine.) So far, so very good.
As the servers continued to weave their culinary narrative, I realized there was an unmentioned character in their tale—Elizabeth itself. The restaurant is small, seating about 16 or so, and the kitchen is wide open. It was impossible not to get caught up in what was happening back there, particularly when sous chefs were wielding brûlée torches and “plating” on gorgeous pieces of handmade pottery. And the line between front and back of house was practically nonexistent. One moment, you’d see someone in the kitchen stirring and slicing; the next they’d be presenting your next course or clearing your table. (Chef Regan included.)
This created an unexpected intimacy, one that removed any hesitation when asking about a particular dish. It’s clear the teammates take a deep yet quiet pride in their collective work. They spoke warmly about where ingredients came from, excitedly about the preparation techniques used. They always used “we” or “our,” never “me” or “Chef Regan.” (Again, Chef Regan included.)
Over the next few courses, there were so many charms. An herb-rolled, soft-boiled quail egg served in an actual nest; impossibly chewy seaweed bread darkened by squid ink; a cauliflower-mushroom soup that Erin about died over. I was particularly fond of a course called Barnyard: headcheese dusted with beet powder, paired with a collage of root vegetables and flavored puddings reminiscent of something out of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Modern Wing.
And that’s the thing. Never in my life would I have thought that I’d be fond of headcheese. I would have probably never eaten it if it weren’t for this meal. But it was fun to break out of my culinary comfort zone.
The other surprising thing? How full we were, considering it was a tasting menu. By the time we were served the entree courses—rare lamb medallions wrapped in swiss chard and pickled fish in a sauce of its own bones—we were taking deep breaths between bites. I’m pretty sure they were the only two plates we didn’t completely clean.
We managed to buck up for our “one-and-a-half” dessert courses, as the server put it. (The “half” was a palate-cleansing sorbet.) Our favorite was Under the Sea, a spongy coral-seaweed cake so realistic looking it prompted me to ask the server just how much of it we could eat. “All of it,” she said. We complied.
Maybe, as a writer, I’m just a sucker for a good story. But I was enchanted by Elizabeth, both in backstory and in not knowing what was coming next throughout the culinary adventure. And while I probably won’t be buying headcheese any time soon, I’m excited to see what Chef Regan has up her non-chef’s-whites sleeves next season.
Shop Chef Iliana Regan's tasting-menu experience at Elizabeth Restaurant:
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As useful as WD40 and much more edible, coconut oil is a powerhouse. In fact, just one jar of the stuff can replace several household staples, from kitchen ingredients to baby wipes. Here’s how to substitute it for 16 total items in 3 rooms of the home:
1. Coffee: Coconut oil is a reputed energy booster. Swallowing a spoonful or two in the afternoon can be a healthful alternative to a cuppa.2. Coffee creamer: Emulsified and poured into coffee, it’s much tastier than (and probably just as nutritious as) that bulletproof stuff.3. Butter or oil (when sautéing): Coconut oil’s high smoke point makes it great for cooking on the stovetop, especially at high heat. Try swapping it in when making stir-fries, scrambled eggs, or pancakes, especially if you like a very mild coconut flavor.4. Oil (when baking): The oil imparts a delicious je ne sais quoi to baked goods—even boxed ones. Use it to give from-the-box brownies an upgrade, and you’ll dream about them for days.5. Condiments: Drop it into quinoa or oatmeal for added nutrients and healthy fats. You can also put it on top of sweet potatoes instead of butter!
6. Moisturizer: It works on your body and your face. It’s naturally SPF 4, so it offers a bit of protection from UV rays, too.7. Leave-in conditioner and anti-static agent: Rub a small amount between your hands and smooth them over your hair to control flyaways.8. Lip balm: It soothes sore, chapped lips, and other skin irritations.9. Eye-makeup remover: Rub it between your fingers until it liquefies, smear it on your lids, and wipe it off with a cotton pad.10. Face wash: Add a little water and rub it in your hands until it foams.11. Hand and foot cream: Massage it into cracked knuckles, or slather it onto your soles and stick them into socks for an overnight soak.12. Shaving cream: It’ll give you a smooth shave, plus additional moisture for your skin.
13. Ouchie ointment: Dab it on cuts and scrapes, which will benefit from its antimicrobial properties.14. Anti-itch cream: Coconut oil reduces itching from bug bites, and helps to calm sunburn, eczema, and cradle cap.15. Diaper cream: A layer on baby’s bottom guards against (and soothes) diaper rash flare-ups.16. Baby wipes: Simply mix it with hot water and pour it over a stack of paper towels that you’ve cut in half. Keep the towels in an airtight container so they stay moist.
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