News & Events cont"d . . .
Two Hamptons favorites, Fresno Restaurant
 324 8700 in East Hampton and Wölffer Estate Vineyards
in Sagaponack, partner for a $75 per person wine dinner of local bounty by Executive Chef Gretchen Menser on April 13th. Among the five-courses paired with South Fork wines are local fluke tartar, pan-seared local monkfish with littleneck clams, local cheeses and famous Fresno donuts with Milk Pail apple cider caramel.
Spring has sprung new items at Four Food Studio and Cocktail Salon
 577-4444 in Melville. Sample menu items include: lamb raviolis with olives, apricots, rosemary, sheep’s milk ricotta & marcona almonds, prosciutto flatbread with arugula, fontina, shaved parmesan & Tuscan olive oil, and pan seared halibut cauliflower puree, roasted tomatoes, fried capers, lemon & parsley.
Those who have brunched at The Garden City Hotel
 747-3000 know it’s the finest in the land but now so does GAYOT.com.
The world famous travel guide chose Chef Steven De Bruyn’s fare as one of the top ten luxury hotel brunches in America and singularly representing New York.
Wine and dine at Mac’s Steakhouse
(631) 549-5300 in Huntington. They are hosting a Grgich Hills wine dinner on Monday, April 28th from 7 to 9:30 p.m. The five-course dinner will be paired with wines. The menu will feature crispy seared Kona Kampachi, braised Niman Ranch lamb shank, and a trio of chocolate cake. Cost of the dinner is $125 pp.
Chef Matthew Guiffrida of MUSE Restaurant & Aquatic Lounge
(631) 726-2606 in Water Mill will cook a five-course dinner at The James Beard House on Thursday, April 24th beginning with a reception at 7 p.m. Menu items include: roast pork and Latin-spiced kimchee; “Hamptons harvest salad” with granny smith apples and brown sugar vinaigrette; “deep south sampler” with mini buttermilk fried chicken drum stick and shrimp and grits; “monkey business” with banana crusted sea scallops and banana tartar; and “fluffer nutter” with peanut butter mousse and crème brulee French toast. Cost is $125 for members and $155 for the public.
Go Asian at Nisen Sushi
(516) 496- 7000 in Woodbury. They have introduced some new menu items to their dinner menu along with some new specialty cocktails. Some new items are, the Woodbury Roll with spicy yellowtail crunch, cucumber, and spicy tuna on top of rich crunchy and puffed rice Chilean sea bass with hedgehog mushroom, heart of palm, sake braised leek sauce and lobster dumplings. And don’t forget to try a Green Tea martini!
(631) 506-0777 in Riverhead presents a special wine dinner on Friday, April 18th at 6:30 p.m. featuring Jamesport Vineyards. The dinner includes fresh mushroom salad, scallops, rack of lamb and chocolate puck. Cost is $60 pp.
* Hot Spot of the Month *
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This month"s hot spot: Café Formaggio
in Carle Place, New York, sits across from the bustling Roosevelt Field Mall on Old Country Road. Opened in June 2006, the comfortable and welcoming Italian restaurant is the first joint venture for three Italian-American families, who are committed to making their newest project a real “family” place. Executive Chef/Owner Joe Licata serves traditional and contemporary Italian dishes with emphasis on fresh, top-quality ingredients at reasonable prices. Sample menu items include: Formaggio fondue with grilled chicken, broccoli, ciabatta bread and grilled shrimp; sole limoncello with risotto, spinach and mushrooms; la focaccia pizza, from the authentic wood-fired brick oven, with fontina cheese, prosciutto, mozzarella, ricotta, garlic and oil; nutella pizza “di bosco” with warm “nutella” hazelnut chocolate, bananas, apples, strawberries, caramel and powdered sugar. They also offer gluten-free menu items, an express lunch option, and take-out. The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
That’s it for now until next month, Bon Appetit!