Marc Anthony Bynum has come home. The Farmingdale-born chef, who has cooked all over Long Island, won Food Network’s Chopped (twice) and consulted in kitchens throughout the NYC metro area, has opened his own restaurant in his own hometown. Called Hush Bistro, it started serving farm-to-table fare Thursday, right on Main Street.
Bynum, named a Newsday all-star chef when he was running the kitchen at Tellers: an American Chophouse in Islip, has been laboring over every square inch of Hush: Tables are made from old sewing treadles and salvaged wood; the host stand is a reclaimed printing machine. Original artwork by Jared Long (of the Long Island arts cooperative Art Off Paper) adorns the wall.
The long, narrow room is dominated by a 10-seat bar (fitted with hooks for ladies’ handbags) behind which is an open kitchen. There’s one six-seat table and five two-tops for a total of 26 seats. The dinner menu is also compact: five appetizers (including a baby beet salad with marcona almonds, $12, and a “surf & turf” of butter-poached lobster, baby lamb chop and hen-of-the-woods mushroom, $18). The six entrees include pan-roasted half chicken with potato puree and wild mushrooms ($21) and wild salmon with bicolor quinoa and baby turnips ($24).
Lunch is devoted to burgers and sandwiches. Bynum's "The Buger" is made with organic beef from the Farmingdale butcher Main Street Meats and then topped with Mecox Bay Dairy cheddar cheese, house-cured bacon and shallot jam. This gets piled onto a pretzel roll and served with hand-cut fries that have been fried in duck fat.
Hush Bistro is open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday, lunch on Sunday. It’s at 291 Main St., Farmingdale, 516-293-4872.