The new Park 70 Bistro, a joint venture of chef and
co-owner Fred Burkle and general manager and co-owner Ed Devine, has been
offering contemporary American cuisine for about a week now at 70 Park Ave.,
Bay Shore, the site of the former Candles Steak House. Burkle, who
characterized his fare as exhibiting some Pan-Asian and French influences,
formerly cooked at the Oakdale House in Oakdale, and, in Manhattan, at Windows
on the World, Le Cirque and Sign of the Dove. He described the restaurant's
decor as having a "country look, with lots of copper, cobalt blue and cream."
Churchill's, a new pub-style restaurant, is slated to open Thursday at 18
Park Ave. S., Rockville Centre, 516- 766-2500, where the Bayou Uptown used to
be. The 80-seat eatery is owned jointly by Jim O'Leary of the St. James Inn in
Mineola and Michael Sweeney of B.K. Sweeney in Garden City, Bethpage and
Lynbrook. In charge of the kitchen is executive chef Bruce Wade, of the former
Station House Caf� in Glen Head, whose moderately priced menu includes homemade
potpies, meat loaf, pot roast, a "catch of the day" as well as salads. In
warmer weather, the restaurant will open an outdoor dining patio.
For those who need to do more than just eat when they go out, Jillian's
will be opening in Farmingdale at 261 Airport Plaza, 516-249-0708. The huge
complex (designed, Las Vegas-style, to have neither windows nor clocks) will
encompass, in addition to various game rooms and music clubs, two sit-down
dining venues. One, the Video Caf�, will offer an American menu, and the other,
the Hibachi Grill, will be an "interactive" Japanese-style restaurant where
chef-entertainers will perform culinary stunts while they grill at group
tables. Customers might be called upon to catch their food as it flies through
Changes, Specials, Happenings
Rene Hernandez, who trained with chef-superstar Fernando Adria of El Bulli
in Gerona, Spain, is the new chef at Laguna Caf�, 1362 Old Northern Blvd.,
Roslyn. Hernandez, who also has cooked at Ramiro's Restaurant in Miami, will be
staging several monthly events such as flamenco shows, tapas nights and
holiday specials. For a schedule, call 516-625-7771.
Coles House, 149 Glen St., Glen Cove, will serve lunch Tuesday to Sunday
from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. For information or reservations, call 516-676- 4343.
As part of its guest-chef series,Table 48, 48 Cedar Swamp Rd., Glen Cove,
will host chef Jean-Michel Bournot of Bistro Cassis, the restaurant that
formerly occupied this site, who will prepare a five-course dinner at $65 ($30
additional for a wine pairing) on March 24. For information or reservations,
Lila's Santa Fe Kitchen, 345 Gerard St., Huntington, will have a Beringer
wine dinner March 15, at 7 p.m. At $65 a person, the five-course dinner will
feature a main course of chorizo-stuffed, double-cut pork chop with a pecan and
fig chutney and sweet potato pancakes. For information or reservations, call
In the City
Isla, 39 Downing St., offers a Cuban-style brunch on Sundays from 11 a.m.
to 3 p.m.. For information or reservations, call 212-352-CUBA.