If you’re looking for a restaurant recommendation for the weekend, we’ve got a couple of good places for you:
From restaurant critic Melissa McCart
I’ve been dreaming of the dishes at Gingerbites since I visited Marie Michele Destil’s little Haitian restaurant a few months ago. If you haven’t been, try the griot — fried cubes of pork — served with fried plantains, rice and beans and pikliz, a pickled relish of super finely diced onion, cabbage, carrots and Scotch bonnets that falls among my new favorite condiments. Gingerbites now serves beer and wine.
730 E. Jericho Tpke., Huntington Station; 631-427-2483, gingerbitescatering.com
From food reporter Erica Marcus
A quick detour off the Meadowbrook Parkway, Left Coast Kitchen & Cocktails is an exuberant gastropub with a generous hand and a sense of fun: Jolly Green Giant ravioli are stuffed with spinach and cheese, topped with pesto and green vegetables, charred radicchio and ricotta salata; the Porky McPub Platter features braised pork belly, braised slab bacon, smoked pork sausage and root-beer glaze. On weekends, breakfast is served from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and the wacky pancakes contain everything from trail mix to Oreos to pumpkin.
1810 Merrick Rd., Merrick, 516-868-5338, lckny.com