As winter stares us down, some restaurants are tacking toward a reconfigured cooler season. Figuring out how to make indoor dining as safe and accessible as possible will be part of the new mission as we move toward this increased understanding of dining in this mid-pandemic age.
Enter Prime 1024, a modern Italian steakhouse in Roslyn, which aims to marry fine dining and public safety. The restaurant, which is owned by the Spyropoulos family—the family owns both Limani, on Long Island and New York, and Oniro, on Long Island—has added glass and dark wood partitions between each of its tables, which have been incorporated into the design of the restaurant so that guests do not even feel the presence of the partitions. And while al fresco dining may eventually fade away (save us with your outdoor heaters!), even the restaurant’s outdoor tables are separated by glass partitions and curtains, for what they describe as a “cabana-style” experience.
Actually, as it happens, the restaurant will continue to keep outdoor dining alive at least through its Thanksgiving service, for which it will offer three services: 12:00 to 12:45 p.m.; 3:00 to 3:45 p.m.; and 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. For $85, guests can enjoy a prix fixe meal, courtesy of chef Greg Yarrow, which will include a choice of soup (butternut squash with crispy pancetta, creamy turkey soup, or pumpkin lobster bisque); choice of salad, meatballs, or clams oreganata; choice of family-style entrée (turkey with traditional stuffing, ham with pumpkin-sage ravioli); choice of three sides (garlic mashed potatoes, mac ‘n cheese, pecan-crusted sweet potato mash, creamy truffle spinach, pan-fried Brussels sprouts, creamed corn, green bean casserole); and dessert (pecan pie, apple pie, pumpkin pie).
Dine outside, or inside in a space that has been designed to keep people safer, this fall. And if Thanksgiving at home this year feels like too much of an undertaking (don’t worry—we know), Prime 1024 has you covered. Chill out with your pod in your own outdoor cabana and enjoy the privilege of having someone else doing the dishes for a change. And while we can’t promise that there won’t be a political argument this year at your Thanksgiving table, we can promise that letting someone else do the heavy lifting will make the aftermath a little easier to stomach.