Jam in Massapequa Park: First bites

Lobster roll at Jam in Massapequa Park. (November Lobster roll at Jam in Massapequa Park. (November 2013) Photo Credit: Newsday / Joan Reminick

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A recent visit to the new Jam, a breakfast and lunch cafe in Massapequa Park, revealed that the place has not yet quite jelled.

Not that it isnt hyper-popular. Or decorated with flair. But the cute corner restaurant couldnt deliver on the first and signature menu item: a jam flight ($6) featuring a trio of house made jams with mini-biscuits and croissants. We only have one jam, the waitress said.

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Another ambitious item, a crisp breakfast bread pudding ($8), showed up as deep-fried cubes, blackened and hard on the outside. There was almost no sign of two ingredients in the menu description Cheddar cheese and creme anglaise yet, mysteriously, unmentioned bits of sausage showed up in the interior. Also on the plate: an orchid, aerosol whipped cream and foil-wrapped pats of butter.

Much better were a pal's admirably light blueberry pancakes ($6 short stack; $8 tall stack), which she got with a side of bacon; but the rigid strips had been virtually incinerated.

The star of the meal was an item on the lunch section of the menu: a lobster roll ($18) featuring lots of lobster meat and very little mayonnaise, served on a brioche bun. Accompanying matchstick fries were nothing short of addictive.

Jam is at 1025 Park Blvd., Massapequa Park, 516-797-2000, jamonpark.com.

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