Jewel, the restaurant that may be Melville’s answer to Vegas, is slated to open late next week. All that remains to be done are the final inspections. So says executive chef /co-owner Tom Schaudel, who also owns Coolfish in Syosset, A Lure in Southold and A Mano in Mattituck.
The multimillion dollar project, in a Route 110 office building just South of the Long Island Expressway, was overseen by Schaudel and major financial partner Mark Beige. There will be two chefs in charge of its farm-to-table kitchen — Schaudel and Michael Ross, of the former Bel Posto in Huntington and Fiddlehead's in Oyster Bay. Sommelier Tony Caracci, aka “Tony the Wine Guy,” was at Hudson's Mill in Massapequa.
On Jewel's New American menu: tuna tartare ($14), lamb with za'atar rub ($34), bone-in rib eye ($46) and “millionaire's pizza” made with black truffles ($21). A long list of vegetable side dishes includes smashed sunchokes and Brussels sprouts ($9) each.
Schaudel describes the showplace as endowed with “fountains, lights, waterfalls, flying monkeys and dancing pigs.” The men’s room, whose photo-on-glass mural “comes alive,” promises to be a red-carpet experience, Schaudel says. There will be an open kitchen, a chef’s table and several private dining rooms. And more. For a preview, click here.
Jewel is at 400 Broadhollow Rd., Melville, 631-755-5777.