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Plainview: Cassis firing on all cylinders

Moules mariniere at Brasserie Cassis in Plainview.

Moules mariniere at Brasserie Cassis in Plainview. Credit: Newsday / Ana P. Gutierrez

Lovely dinner a few nights ago at Brasserie Cassis, which was nearly full on a Thursday evening. My pal and I split a starter of moules marinières, steamed mussels with white wine and garlic, unimpeachable—and plentiful.

I ordered the hanger steak, which comes with truffled spinach and roasted fingerling potatoes. I asked if I could have green beans instead of potatoes and someone in the kitchen had the idea to saute the spinach and beans together. Brilliant. Steak was excellent too.

The presentation of the daily special, canard a l’orange, was a little unorthodox—the half a roast duck was separated into leg and breast portions and stacked on top of a bed of wild rice—but the taste was absolutely classic. Bonus garnish: perfectly cooked carrots and green beans.

Bravo to Brasserie Cassis for not messing too much with tradition. Dishes that are prepared the way they should be—to me that’s the most comforting food there is.

Brasserie Cassis is at 387 S. Oyster Bay Rd., Plainview, 516-653-0090.