Lost & Found has carved out an artful, little niche in Long Beach, heightening dining out in the city post-superstorm Sandy.
The quirky, eclectic, west-end storefront is a cash-only, bring-your-own-bottle spot that seats about 30, a third at a communal table, and most on stools. The kitchen is very open. It's the tiny domain of chef-owner Alexis Trolf, whose Caffe Laguna was a Sandy victim.
Here, he's fashioning stylish, flavorful small plates, plus a couple of big ones. Current winners include roasted skate wing with tart sauce gribiche; and juicy, chile-lime roasted chicken. Also look for the charred octopus with chickpeas; truffled, rustic potatoes with aioli; and the mound of shaved carrots with apple, chickpeas and spiced yogurt.
The seats go in a hurry here, so it's best to reserve yours at least a week in advance.
Lost & Found, 951 W. Beech St., Long Beach; 516-442-2606.