Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

There are special events you wait all year for. 

Thanksgiving is a fantastic holiday. All the food you can eat in sinful proportions? Comfort food, home-cooked goodness, and pastries on steroids? Why the hell not?!

Christmas is delightful. Watching the smiles of delight grace the faces of your loved ones, and feeling one cross your own as you unwrap thoughtful gifts together ... then sit down to feast for the second straight day.

However, a new holiday has joined my list of cold-weather fun: Long Island Restaurant Week. This event is one of the biggest highlights of my year.

From Nassau, "Lawn Guyland" to Suffolk County (the part NYC-ers just don't care about) to the very tippy tip of the East End, around 200 restaurants participate in $24.95 three-course prix fixe menus for eight straight days.

Granted, the food in Long Island isn't always super exciting. A lot of it is actually really reasonably priced, making a $24.95 three-courser just a few bucks cheaper than average. However, for the fine dining restaurants in Huntington, the hidden gems in the South Shore villages, and the waterfront restaurants that outline the island, it's a bangin' steal.

As a stimulus to the reticent and more often than not, conservative diners of Long Island (bar some--just note that my context for comparison is the gamey, French, Creole, and other adventurous co-eaters of New Orleans, Travel + Leisure's #1 City for Fine Dining), the chefs pull out a decent amount of stops in designing these menus. Upcharges of a couple of bucks make it worth it for restaurants like Ruvo to offer some of their bests, in hopes that they'll change a mind or two and get repeat visits.

Either way, I've got four reservations slated for this week, while the other four days of this week will be devoted to running and yoga-ing it off.


  1. It's the time of the year to splurge on various dishes. Always choose healthy recipes as well.

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  2. I agree that Thanksgiving is the best day because we get to eat and eat most of the time. It's a good thing that there are so many restaurants in New York where we could choose from.

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  3. Such an amazing post. I am so pleased to find this post. The festive season is approaching and we would enjoy all the days to the fullest. Have planned a fun family Halloween event at some local Los Angeles venues. Super excited for it.