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Cold Spring Harbor: Toasting the bar menu & more @ Grasso's

Grilled calamari salad at Grasso's in Cold Spring

Grilled calamari salad at Grasso's in Cold Spring Harbor. (October 2010 ) Newsday Photo/ Peter Gianotti Photo Credit: Newsday/Peter Gianotti

Grasso's, a relaxed and comfortable mainstay on Main Street, has a lot of options for diners. The bargain-priced bar menu is one.

Listening to vocalists, a pianist, a sax player, is a regular event at Grasso's. The best perch is the big, handsome bar. There, you may order a very good Caesar salad topped with a grilled chicken breast, a pulled-pork quesadilla, shrimp cocktail, an 8-oz- burger, more. It's all in tune.

In the dining room, the house's menu also has easygoing appeal. There's a good, slightly smoky calamari salad with tomatoes and arugula; and the Caesar salad, minus chicken, is fine, too. Try the tender loin of pork, with a caramelized apple-and-onion compote and red cabbage. On a cool night, consider the autumn risotto, starring butternut squash, roasted apples, radicchio and chard.

Tomorrow,  the scheduled live entertainment is  Wayne Sabella and Ernie Byrd, piano and vocals; Thursday, pianist Frank O'Brien.

Grasso's, 134 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor; 631-367-6060.

Grilled calamari salad at Grasso's.

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