Stone Creek Inn
405 Montauk Hwy. East Quogue, NY 631-653-6770
Sunny and handsome, Stone Creek Inn is a conversion of an early 1900s residence. Tables are dressed in crisp, white cloth, and the main room features a fireplace set to warm the chill from Quogue's winter air. Here, Christian Mir pulls off a Mediterranean-New American reverie.Hours: Seasonal. Reservations: Recommended Accessibility: Yes
Sunny and handsome, Stone Creek Inn is an essay in white and a masterful conversion of an early 1900s residence. The place is defined, however, by the refined cooking of Christian Mir and the well-run dining room of Elaine DiGiacomo. The food is a beguiling blend of French and Mediterranean, with new American accents. Some of the fine appetizers are tuna tartare, surrounded by a smoked-salmon skyline; lobster salad with fennel, basil and orange; and a super, cool crabcake. Main courses may include an herbaceous rack of lamb; seared duck breast with a fennel-honey lavender sauce; and oven-roasted monkfish in sage broth. The berry napoleon and the creme brulee ars stellar ways to end the meal.
Tuna: Chef Christian Mir's elegant, subtle yellowfin tuna tartare is tossed with ginger, chives and soy sauce, and capped with a flourish: "wasabi caviar," or flying-fish roe, coated with what's often called Japanese horseradish. It's one of our 10 favorite tuna dishes on Long Island.