American Beauty Bistro, a contemporary eatery with a nostalgic pinup theme, is open in North Massapequa. It takes over the Central Avenue storefront that used to be Mugsy Magee’s.
Michael Cassano, formerly a partner at Acacia in Huntington, is the owner here, along with Maria Pallotta and chef Joseph Tinnelly. Cassano and Tinnelly grew up in Massapequa; Pallotta came all the way from Bellmore.
Tinnelly’s menu is based on modern comfort food. Starters include edamame dumplings ($10), cast-iron artichoke and kale fondue ($11), beer-battered soft-shell crab with lemon aioli (market price) and a “Beetz by Joe” salad of roasted baby beets, candied pecans, goat cheese, spinach, quinoa and raspberry vinaigrette ($10).
Mains include brick-pressed chicken ($19), pork chop with sweet-tea-brined pork and peach-bourbon glaze ($24), Kobe meatloaf ($25) and steak frites with truffle-cream spinach ($26). Among the lunch sandwiches are the 8-ounce chef’s burger with bone marrow, aioli, bourbon-bacon jam, cheddar and a fried egg ($13) and grilled chicken with kale pesto, mozzarella, tomato and arugula on seven-grain bread ($11).
To drink: beer (including a dozen craft beers), wine (including eight by the glass) and 10 specialty cocktails. For now dinner is served Tuesday to Sunday, lunch Tuesday to Friday. Look for brunch in the coming weeks.
American Beauty Bistro is at 24 Central Ave., North Massapequa, 516-590-7477