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First bites: A new WAVE in Port Jeff

Danfords Hotel & Marina is on Port Jefferson

Danfords Hotel & Marina is on Port Jefferson Harbor, in the heart of the downtown shopping area. (Nov. 11, 2010) Photo Credit: John Griffin

WAVE Seafood Kitchen is the latest restaurant to reside at Danfords Hotel & Marina. It's also the best in memory.

Executive chef Jonathan Levine has started his fall menu at the waterside eatery. Full of flavor and style, his fare makes Danfords a destination anew.

From meaty crabcakes with lemon-coriander sauce to lobster-risotto rice balls with fennel aioli, a traditional and tasty lobster potpie to a playful pumpkin ale-braised pork belly with farro ragout, Levine's cuisine makes you want to eat ... and eat again. And leave room for dessert, whether you're up for a warm cranberry-pear galette or a highly stylized banana napoleon.

Levine previously cooked at Guy Savoy, the celebrated Las Vegas branch of the great Paris restaurant; and at The Buffet at Wynn in Las Vegas.

Danfords often is considered a pretty place  on summer days. Of course, it still is that. But now, it's more.

WAVE Seafood Kitchen, Danfords Hotel & Marina, 25 East Broadway, Port Jefferson; 631-928-5200.

Photo: Danfords, a new WAVE on the waterfront.

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