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Ivy Cottage

Pork chop (stuffed with sausage, served with sauteed

Pork chop (stuffed with sausage, served with sauteed cabbage, mashed potatoes and applesauce) at Ivy Cottage in Williston Park. Photo Credit: Newsday / Erica marcus

Snug and romantic, Ivy Cottage is the kind of restaurant you'll want to seek out when the winds kick up. You and someone special can get a table by the fireplace and, in surroundings quaint but not kitschy, enjoy the forthright American cookery of chef-owner Joseph Lester.

Know beforehand that even on a weeknight, you'll need reservations, especially during the hours of the terrific three-course prix fixe dinner, which runs Sunday to Thursday from 5 to 6:30, that goes for less than $20.

You could begin with a fine jumbo lump crab cake, offered with remoulade sauce. A portobello mushroom Napoleon is fresh and pretty, the grilled mushroom slices layered with fresh mozzarella and roasted red pepper, everything drizzled with a light balsamic vinaigrette. But shrimp fried in a coconut batter with a mango chutney is too weighty and too sweet.

On a chilly evening, potato-crusted chicken will sustain you. It's crunchy on the outside, juicy within, with roasted potatoes and sauteed vegetables.

One "early bird" dinner began with a fortifying bowl of vegetable and sausage soup. A roast loin of pork came with house-made applesauce, roasted potatoes and bright sauteed vegetables. Crisp-skinned roast duck, paired with a sweet but appealing raspberry-cherry sauce, was another winning entree.

For dessert, the choices might include a wedge of delicious key lime pie or a cherry crumble (hope they don't microwave yours). A slab of homey butterscotch crunch cheesecake and a luxurious house-made black-and-white mousse cake (available a la carte) are pleasing a la carte alternatives.

Heartwarming fare in cozy surroundings.

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