Kerriann Eats: The Best of 2016

2016 was rough on everything but our tastebuds.

2016 was an adventure in dining. What I love about my job (besides eating delicious food), is that I have the opportunity to meet so many talented chefs and restaurant owners, and that I get to share their amazing stories with you. It’s unfortunate that there are still people who believe you can only get really good food in New York City. I beg to differ. The dedication, quality, and service I have seen in so many restaurants on Long Island since I started writing Kerriann Eats is truly outstanding. I love supporting our local restaurants, farmers, vineyards, bakers – the list goes on and on. So I’d like to take this time to say “thank you” to the chefs and owners who have shared their love of cooking with me. It has truly been a pleasure.

Here are my favorite picks for 2016.

Best Cocktails

Relax it's the weekend ! Cheers ! ?✨

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Jema, Huntington – Joy de Vivre

Rincon Criollo, Huntington Station – Rincon Express

California Pizza Kitchen, Huntington Station – California Roots

Del Frisco’s Grill – The VIP

Best Salads

Palm Court at the Carltun, East Meadow – Layered beet and goat cheese salad

Polo Steakhouse at the Garden City Hotel, Garden City – Burrata with heirloom tomatoes

Best Appetizers

 

Verde, Deer Park – Roasted clam appetizer with Sarvecchio and pork belly

Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas, Garden City – Seared Sea scallop with creamy truffle turnip puree in brown butter sauce

Best Tapas

#saturdaylunch ?? #winebar #charcuterieboard

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LeVin, Lake Grove – Beef bone marrow with horseradish gremolata

LeVin, Lake Grove – Charcuterie board with Imberico ham

Jema, Huntington – Quail egg with white truffle sabayon and burgundy truffle

Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas, Garden City – Bruschetta with fresh strawberries, mascarpone, basil and honey

Best Foie Gras

Verde, Deer Park – Foie gras with chestnut conserva, vermouth and carrot currant granola

Best Chicken

Plans tonight? #sunday #burrata #locustvalley #oysterbaycove #oysterbay #sundayfunday #dineout #yummy

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Osteria Leana, Oyster Bay – Organic freebird roasted chicken

Best Fish

Seared Tuna, Polo Steakhouse at the Garden City Hotel

Palm Court at the Carltun, East Meadow – Black sea bass with scallops and chorizo

The Cove, Glen Cove – Whole cooked Branzino

Polo Steakhouse at the Garden City Hotel, Garden City — Seared tuna with miso glaze, shiitake mushrooms, sesame oil, soy sauce, scallion and toasted sesame seeds

Jema, Huntington – Shinnecock Bay scallops with celery root, risotto and burgundy truffle

Taverna 38, Williston Park – Grilled Spanish octopus with grilled shrimp and arugula

Best Soup

Osteria Leana, Oyster Bay – Cucumber gazpacho with spicy tomato jam and mascarpone toast

Coast Kitchen at the Montauk Yacht Club, Montauk – Lobster Bisque

Best Crepe

This oreo crêpe is delightful? Thank you @_chris_kay #LongIsland_Eats

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My Creperie, Wading River – Nutella, peanut butter and banana crepe

Best Burgers

Gluten free dirty burger ! #lovedirtyburger #glutenfree

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Dirty Burger, Plainview – Lamb burger with “dirty spice” and tzatziki

S.T.A.G.S Tap House, Huntington – Korean barbeque burger with pulled pork and fried egg

Best Wines

Palm Court at the Carltun, East Meadow – 2010 Poggio Morino Vermentino from Maremma

Osteria Leana, Oyster Bay – 2015 Fiorino, Lambrusco Grasparossa Becca Rosa, Italy

Verde, Deer Park – White Merlot from Lieb Cellars, Second Label Bridge Lane Wines, Long Island

Spuntino – Elouan Pinot Noir, Oregon

 

Best Paella

Chicken / Seafood Paella .. Celebrate! ?

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Rincon Criollo, Huntington Station – Paella from old family recipe

Best Pasta

House made Pappardelle Bolognese. Tasting plate. #greatrestaurantsoflongisland #pappardelle #bolognese

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Osteria Leana, Oyster Bay – Summer chitarra with lobster

Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas, Westbury – House made ricotta gnocchi with braised wild boar

7T8 European Fusion, Northport – Shrimp Fra Diavolo

Best Lobster

Things I accomplished today… Finished my taxes and crushed a 2lb lobster. #longisland #treatyoself #cognacsauce

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Casa Rustica, Smithtown – 2 1b lobster prepared and flambéed with brandy, tableside

 

Best Desserts

Banana Foster Creme Brulee, S.T.A.G.S Tap House, Huntington

Palm Court at The Carltun, East Meadow – Truffle chocolate soufflé

S.T.A.G.S Tap House, Huntington – Banana Foster crème brulee

7T8 European Fusion, Northport – Miniature cinnamon donuts with vanilla mascarpone cream and salted caramel

 

 

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Kerriann Flanagan Brosky

Seven-time, award winning author and historian Kerriann Flanagan Brosky is best known for her Ghosts of Long Island books and her inspirational novel The Medal. She has been featured in a number of publications, and has appeared on radio and television. She is the co-author of Delectable Italian Dishes for Family and Friends with Sal Baldanza. Historic Haunts of Long Island: Ghosts and Legends from the Gold Coast to Montauk Point is her latest book. When not writing Kerriann spends her time cooking. Visit her at www.kerriannflanaganbrosky.com.