What's old can also be new — that's the notion driving the recently reopened Old Fields in Greenlawn.
Earlier this year, David and Christine Tunney took over the venerable Old Fields Inn, a fixture near the Greenlawn LIRR station since 1956. David Tunney (also a partner at HONU in Huntington and Besito in Huntington and Roslyn) said his aim was to update the space (which has a working fireplace) while maintaining its cozy ambience. Affordability and a family-friendly vibe were also priorities.
I stopped in for dinner one recent evening, when the wood-paneled front room was hopping. Upbeat rock music played in the background (lots of Springsteen) and TV screens were tuned to sporting events.
As for the food, I was impressed with a thick, oozy turkey burger ($12.95) topped with a rousing combo of jalapeños, Jack cheese and a green tomatillo salsa. Accompanying steak fries (the only item that’s previously frozen, according to Tunney) were a bit of a comedown. Fans of the old Old Fields’ marinated steak will be glad to know that the Tunneys have kept the recipe, using it to advantage in a juicy marinated skirt steak. It was one of the highest-priced items on the menu but still not bad for $17.95.
The place is now only open for dinner and brunch (served Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) Lunch service is slated to kick in come January.
Old Fields is at 81 Broadway, Greenlawn, 631-754-9868