From Baldwin to Huntington to Manhasset, these restaurants offer casual summer fare for this weekend’s picks.
From food reporter Erica Marcus
Lobster with chickens. That’s the surprisingly appetizing twosome now on offer at Kerber’s Farm in Huntington. The lobster is mixed with chopped celery and a minimum of mayonnaise, piled into a toasted hot-dog bun and served with potato chips. While you eat, the chickens cluck contentedly in their coop along one side of Kerber’s lovely gravel-paved backyard.
Lobster rolls are $19.75, griddled hot dogs are $4.50 and roasted ears of corn are $4. And when you’re finished with the savory portion of the meal, head into Kerber’s bakery for one (or more) of the baked goods.
Lobster salad is made fresh daily and has been known to run out. Calling ahead is advisable.
Kerber’s Farm is open until 8 p.m. every night except Sunday when it closes at 7 p.m.
309 W. Pulaski Rd., Huntington 631-423-4400, kerbersfarm.com
From dining critic Melissa McCart
Native Jamaicans Natalie and Patrick Francis have openedCoal House Grill in Baldwin, a no-frills Caribbean fusion spot worth a visit. Plan on trying the spicy and satisfying jerk chicken laced with Scotch bonnet peppers served with a citrus mango coconut sauce. Rice and gungo peas (also known as pigeon peas) come with it, along with steamed cabbage, carrots and corn. It’s $9 for a small order and $14 for a large one. 844 Merrick Rd. Baldwin, 516-442-7063
From food editor Marjorie Robins
If it’s a hot evening around opening time at 5 and you feel like sitting at a cool bar and having a bite or more, then Schout Bay Tavern in Manhasset just might fit the bill. Try a cold brew with mac and cheese, a burger, duck tacos and some PEI mussels. The fries are hot and salty. The place starts to fill up and get noisy by 7 p.m., so an early start is the way to go. Sunday brunch on offer.
118 Plandome Rd. Manhasset, 516-627-2190 schoutbaytavern.com