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Five Five 2 opens in St. James
Five Five 2, featuring New American cooking, tapas and a wine bar, has opened in the St. James location that used to be O’s Food & Wine Bar. The chef is Adam Pitré, a veteran of Ruvo in Greenlawn, Hudson’s Mill in Massapequa and the Chop Shop in Smithtown.
The dinner menu certainly establishes Pitré’s New American cred. Starters include Catapano goat ricotta gnocchi with braised pork ragu ($10); a salad of New York State apples, mâche, prosciutto, pecorino and a tarragon dressing ($11); Peeky Toe crab cake with sweet corn and piquillo pepper coulis ($13). Among main courses: “St. James” salad with grilled shrimp, local beets, chevre, yuzu and pistachios ($24); seared Montauk swordfish with eggplant caponata ($29); Kurobuta pork chop with sage risotto and maitake mushroom brodino ($30).
From the tapas menu: Chinatown duck egg roll with shaved fennel ($8); short ribs with Boursin potatoes and caramel-glazed carrots ($12); lobster mac ’n’ cheese with white truffle ($13); and Cheddar Wagyu sliders ($12); tuna tartare with sriracha mayonnaise ($15).
Vincent Stilletti, sommelier and bar manager, said the dinner menu was designed to be enjoyed in one of the restaurant’s two dining rooms, the tapas for the fireside lounge — but that diners can order anything no matter where they sit. Stilletti presides over a 50-bottle wine list, and all selections are available by the glass.
Five Five 2 is at 552 North Country Rd., St. James, 631-584-4600.