New York strip steak bathed in a zippy peppercorn sauce at...

New York strip steak bathed in a zippy peppercorn sauce at Reynolds and Vine in Point Lookout. Credit: Newsday/Andi Berlin

It helps to make a reservation for this classy new bistro in Point Lookout, because the restaurant has been busy since it opened in late March. On a recent Thursday evening, the plush booths were already taken and the crowd of walk-ins was relegated to the line of two-tops against the wall. Not that it mattered, because many of the people in this neighborhood spot seemed to know each other anyway. 

The space has been given a refresh from its days as The Point Bar & Grill. The new interior has an “Old Man and the Sea” look to it, with navy blues and a low ceiling that makes you feel like you're in a boat.

Seafood is prominent on the menu, with everything from local oysters ($13 for a half-dozen) to catch of the day fish tacos ($21) to a main course of halibut with a creamy polenta and garlic green beans ($37). The approachable menu includes wings, burgers and a few entrees in the $30 range. The New York strip was perfectly cooked to medium-rare, and while the meat could have been more flavorful, it did have a nice peppercorn gravy on top — and the price was right at $41. The “C” Mexican salad is spicier than you might expect, with a zippy chipotle ranch dressing. The creamy Cajun rigatoni pasta is just as reliable as it sounds, although skippable in favor of meat dishes. 

As the weather warms up, Point Lookout is positioned to gain steam with day-trippers and beachgoers. (Just a few doors down, there's a sign for an upcoming location of Southdown Coffee.) But for folks in the neighborhood, that may just mean it'll be harder to get a table. 

Reynolds and Vine, 70 Lido Blvd., Point Lookout, 516-544-4749, Open 4 p.m. to midnight Thursdays through Saturdays, noon to 8 p.m. Sundays, closed Mondays through Wednesdays. 

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