Mill Pond House
437 E. Main St. Centerport, NY 631-261-7663
EDITOR'S NOTE April 2012: Andrew Crabtree, executive chef at Piccolo in Huntingon, now heads the kitchen at Mill Pond House in Centerport, too.
New American food and sushi served in an idyllic setting.Hours: Lunch: Noon-4 p.m. Daily. Dinner: 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 4 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Ambience: Very Good Service: Very Good Reservations: Recommended Credit cards: Accepted
There's an easy way to enjoy eating on Long Island. Just keep following chef David Intonato. Intonato, whose cooking starred at Jamesport Manor Inn in 2009, now is executive chef at Mill Pond House. He has broadened and improved the steak-and-seafood, Italian-and-sushi restaurant's repertoire. You still can come here for all that. But Intonato energizes the specials and makes the veteran seem new again. The waterside location has always has been part of the appeal here. The restaurant sits on a curve of Route 25A overlooking Mill Pond and, in the distance, Northport Bay. Dine inside or out. Enjoy summer's twilight. Intonato ensures you'll be back in autumn, too.
An opener of "burnt ends" elevates the idea by using filet mignon, while adding caramelized onions, wild mushrooms and barbecue sauce. You may not reach the level of ecstasy Calvin Trillin found at Arthur Bryant's in Kansas City, but this enriched version is very good. Lobster home fries takes a still-questionable concept and makes it work: tender lobster meat with caramelized onions, hot cherry peppers and Sriracha-sparked crème fraîche. KK Farm tomatoes boost an heirloom salad. Seared yellowfin tuna does the same for sake shuga maki, paired with avocado, salmon and ginger vinaigrette. Standout main courses include a thick cut of splashingly fresh, roasted Montauk swordfish, capped with miso-wasabi aioli and panko bread crumbs; and terrific, buttery lobster stuffed with lump crabmeat and toasted bread crumbs -- a perfect version of a much-abused dish. Sweet corn puree boosts the plump, pan-seared diver scallops. Good strip steak, grilled pork chop, assorted sushi rolls; better "twice roasted" Crescent Farm duck. And have a banana split for dessert, with serious gelati.
Standard baked clams oreganata, linguine with clam sauce, sauteed calamari, salads, rice pudding.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Room with a viewpoint.