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Open in Huntington: IMC Restaurant and Bar

At IMC Restaurant and Bar in Huntington, braised

At IMC Restaurant and Bar in Huntington, braised pork cheeks are served with spaetzle, Oct. 9, 2014. Credit: Newsday / Erica Marcus

Sleek, neon-lit, clubby and meat-centric, IMC (Imperial Meat Company) erases all memories of Buoy One, the classic fish restaurant that used to occupy this prime Main Street location.

Chef Alex Tchernikov has cooked at 11 Madison Park and Tao in Manhattan. Here he takes full advantage of the culinary opportunities afforded by the restaurant’s owners, who also own Imperial Meat Market in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn.

The menu starts out New American, with appetizers such as a salad of quinoa, kale, walnuts and jalapeño vinaigrette, and lobster mac and cheese with smoked Gouda and truffle oil. But then it takes a sharp turn into an exotic terrain that calls to mind the opulence of a Tsarist banquet. 

Among the more intriguing entrees: grilled Wagyu skirt steak ($24), grilled veal flank steak ($18), quails stuffed with foie gras and risotto ($18 for two), beef cheeks ($20) or pork cheeks ($18) served with spaetzle, duck-confit ravioli with morels ($20). The dessert menu features something called “insane homemade Snickers bar.”

IMC is at 279 Main St., Huntington, 631-824-6222.

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