The Return of Krispy Kreme
Just when you thought you were looking good in that new bathing suit, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts opened a new store in Farmingdale on July 31. The first of a new chain of stores to open on Long Island, this one receives twice-daily shipments of doughnuts from a plant in Connecticut. Most of the doughnuts arrive undressed and are iced and filled at the store. At the end of this month a new store will open by the Baldwin train station on Grand Avenue. That store will be set up to bake all the doughnuts and will distribute to the Farmingdale store. Krispy Kreme arrived with great fanfare throughout LI and NYC in the ’90s, when long lines of cars waited for hours at the East Meadow location for a taste of the hot glazed rings from the legendary Southern doughnut chain. The chain was known for the red neon sign that read “HOT,” which they would turn on when the doughnuts emerged from the ovens. There is no sign in Farmingdale, but the trademark glazed doughnuts are still pretty awesome (more so when you pop them in a microwave) and I think I could become hooked on the Maple Glazed as well.
95-123 Fulton St. (Hempstead Tpke)
Fulton Street Plaza
Just Opened In The Hamptons (And Without The Traffic)
141 Montauk Hwy
This airy spot opened in July and sports a large, comfortable bar where patrons are encouraged to dine on Brian Finegan’s seasonally changing creative American menu. Entrées ($16-$30) on the summer menu include: Almond Crusted Flounder, Pan-Seared Local Sea Scallops, Filet Mignon, Rack of Lamb and a Crab Cake Sandwich. Finegan spent nine years at Coast Grill as well as many other Hampton spots.
Ciao Bella Senhora
322 W. Montauk Hwy
In the spot that briefly housed Zachary’s, this Northern Italian/Portuguese hybrid has a somewhat confusing menu policy. They define themselves as “fine cuisine and churrasco of the Euro-Americas,” whatever that is. Italian seems to dominate every night but Sunday, when the Portuguese menu becomes available on a separate menu. But certain Portuguese dishes such as Picadinho Mix, an assortment of steak, pork loin and sausage and potatoes, are available everyday. Also, any meal can be ordered family style, which presumably will serve more than two people for double the price of any entrée. Single entrée prices range $16-$32 for meat and $24-$32 for fish. Meat dishes are grilled over wood charcoal like traditional churrasco. The Sunday menu includes Suckling Pig, Pork Loin and Clams and the traditional stew called Feijoida.
1 North Steakhouse
1 North Rd
Young local chef Chris Cariello just opened this comfortable steakhouse just east of the Shinnecock Canal down the road from Tidewater’s. He offers an interesting menu of reasonably priced steaks ($26-$30), plus the mouth-watering Triple Prime Beef Bacon Cheeseburger with Black and Tan beer battered onion rings. And there’s Cedar Plank Roasted Salmon, Seared Sea Bass and a signature Crab and Brie Bisque.
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