Last month, Long Island lost one of its most creative restaurants with the closing of Cornbread & Caviar in Baldwin.
I reviewed the place a few months after it opened in 2006, calling chef owner Karlton Harris’ Southern-Caribbean-New American cooking “classy and compelling.” I still fondly recall his “Hotlanta” fried chicken and jerk ribs.
The restaurant was actually the reprise of an earlier version, which opened on Sunrise Highway in Baldwin in 1998 and lasted two years.
I spoke to Harris, who said that while the restaurant itself is closed, he's still running the catering arm of the business, Cornbread & Caviar Caterers, 516-377-7779.
The dining room at Cornbread & Caviar (Newsday Photo, 2008 / Thomas A. Ferrara)