Walt Whitman Shops in Huntington Station has become a whole new entity. Not only has the place had a major facelift and gained a cadre of new stores, but it now boasts a destination dining scene that goes way beyond the food court. --JOAN REMINICK, email@example.com
California Pizza Kitchen
CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN: This contemporary pizza-centric chain serves bright, unconventional pies with toppings like Japanese eggplant or barbecued chicken. Soups, salads, panini, pastas and entrees too. Situated in northwest corridor of mall with outside entrance. (Nov. 23, 2012)
Among the many pizza options at California Pizza Kitchen are the California Club (foreground) with Nueske's applewood smoked bacon, roasted chicken and Mozzarella; it's hearth-baked, then topped with avocado, arugula, torn basil and Romaine tossed in lemon-pepper mayonnaise.
California Pizza Kitchen's shrimp scampi zucchini fettuccine.
Legal Sea Foods
LEGAL SEA FOODS: A reliable standby for very good lobster rolls and such marine specialties as fried haddock, fried cod, fried oysters, broiled Boston scrod, wood-grilled tuna and swordfish, crabcakes with mustard sauce, fried calamari with hot peppers and garlic, and New England-style clam chowder. Situated adjacent to southwest side of mall.
Almond-crusted Atlantic salmon is served atop a bed of ravioli and greens at Legal Sea Foods. (Feb. 24, 2011)
A Maine lobster at Legal Sea Foods. (Nov. 8, 2013)
Cups Frozen Yogurt
CUPS FROZEN YOGURT: A self-serve frozen yogurt spot featuring about 25 flavors and 50 toppings, as well as three sauces. A loungelike decor, high-decibel dance music and a suggestive bra theme are part of the ambience. Enter from outside; faces Route 110. (Nov 10, 2013)
Skyler Zenie and Julia Canigiani of South Huntington have yogurt at Cups. (Nov 10, 2013)
Cups Frozen Yogurt offer about 25 flavors and 50 toppings. (Nov 10, 2013)
ZINBURGER WINE & BURGER BAR: This new burger spot facing Route 110 offers full table service in a setting characterized by wood and earth tones and loud background music. There's a full bar and a wine list of 23 varieties by the glass or bottle. Burgers are made with either Angus or American-stye Kobe beef, ground daily. Also on the menu: sandwiches, salads and hand-cute fries. Finish with a malt, shake, float or slice of banana cream pie. (Nov 10, 2013)
Zinburger server Michelle McGovern delivers a burger to Nicole Ponti. (Nov 10, 2013)
Zinburger 's breakfast burger is served with an egg on top. On the side: zucchini fries, a milk shake and banana creme pie. (Nov. 10, 2013)
Brio Tuscan Grille
BRIO TUSCAN GRILLE: A decorator's showplace, beautifully appointed in faux Tuscan elegance, is the setting for an Italian-American menu with such options as barbecue chicken pizza, lasagna Bolognese and grilled salmon salad. Faces Route 110; enter from outside.
Brio Tuscan Grille at the Walt Whitman Shops in Huntington Station.
The salmon fresca salad at Brio Tuscan Grille features asparagus spears. (Nov. 8, 2013)
Margherita flatbread at Brio Tuscan Grille, Huntington Station. (October 2013)
STARBUCKS COFFEE: This full-service branch of the Seattle-based coffee chain replaces a kiosk. Not only can you get the coffee of your choice ground to order and made by the cup, but you can also grab a sandwich from the refrigerator case and have it heated. Or else sit down with one of the company's new line of baked goods from La Boulange. (Aug. 21, 2009)
San Francisco's La Boulange Cafe & Bakery supplies pastries (but no jam) to Starbucks. (September 2013)
The Cheesecake Factory
THE CHEESECAKE FACTORY: The noise may be deafening, but this gilded marble palace has it all, from a "Skinny-licious" diet menu to diet-busting cheesecakes including the S'mores cheesecake (pictured). Inventive small plates. Adjacent to southwest side of mall. (Nov. 9, 2013)
PANERA BREAD: A bakery cafe with a full roster of sandwiches, salads and soups, as well as cakes, cookies and pastries for dessert or to take home. Adjacent to the southeast side of the mall. (Nov. 8, 2013)
Breakfast sandwiches at Panera Bread include a bacon, egg and cheese on ciabatta (pictured) and a steak and egg on an everything bagel.
59TH & LEX CAFE AT BLOOMINGDALE'S: This subterranean cafe within Bloomingdale's serves very good frozen yogurt, salads, sandwiches, wraps, pastas and entrees. Sit at the counter or at a table. (Oct. 27, 2010)
Dining options at 59th & Lex Cafe at Bloomingdale's include mango chicken salad, vegeable soup and a chicken salad sandwich. (Nov. 10, 2013)
CIRELLA'S AT SAKS: At this popular cafe on the first floor of Saks Fifth Avenue, the sushi is fresh, delicate, beautifully cut; salads are big and bright; you'll also find a fine array of sandwiches, wraps, burgers. (Sept.12, 2006)
P.F. Chang's China Bistro
P.F. CHANG'S CHINA BISTRO, Huntington Station: This P.F. Chang's joins other branches in Westbury and Lake Grove to offer Long Islanders dishes including Mongolian beef (pictured) as well as sushi.