A steakhouse is about to be born. Watch for the debut, over the next month or so, of J. Michaels Tuscan Steakhouse, situated in the historic Northport manse that, for decades, housed La Capannina.
Co-owner and “concept director” Vincent Michaels said the restaurant’s name is derived from his own and that of his business partner, Jay Kaufman. Michaels, who owns the consulting firm VPM Hospitality, brings no shortage of restaurant cred to the table; he was corporate restaurant director for Scotto Brothers and executive vice president of the Rothmann's Steakhouse Group. He was also instrumental in opening Chi in Westbury and Brooks & Porter in Merrick, among others.
The new steakhouse — which doesn’t have a sign but rather, a discreet brass door plaque — sports an outdoor waterfall. Michaels described the interior as very “Old World,” with an antique fireplace, wall-mounted candles and a communal “Morgan table” (from the old Morgan Hotel in San Francisco). As for the Tuscan steakhouse concept, Michaels put it this way: “Il Mulino meets Peter Luger.”
Turning concept into reality will be chef de cuisine Ron Gelish. You may remember Gelish from the former Lemongrass and Tease in Roslyn as well as Rothmann’s Steakhouse in East Norwich and Mac’s Steakhouse in Huntington. On the menu (no prices yet): "Chef Ron's New World lobster meatballs,“ a Tuscan regional antipasto, a Tuscan-rubbed boneless rib-eye and monkfish osso buco. “Old World” side dishes include classic creamed spinach and a 1-pound Idaho sea-salted baked potato. On the roster of “New World” side dishes: sweet velvet corn polenta and lobster fettuccini Alfredo.
J. Michaels Tuscan Steakhouse will be at 688 Fort Salonga Rd., Northport, 631-651-9411
Above: J. Michaels Tuscan Steakhouse in Northport