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Signs of change in Huntington

August, 2010. Sign for Black Lantern Ultra Lounge

August, 2010. Sign for Black Lantern Ultra Lounge & Sushi Den, Huntington. Credit: Newsday / Joan Reminick

Blink and the restaurant scene in Huntington changes.

The above sign, observed on Wall Street, represents just one of several restaurants to come. It reads: “Stimulate the senses. Sight sound and taste. iSushi. The Black Lantern Ultra Lounge & Sushi Den. Long Island’s first green registered eco sushi-den and ultra lounge.”

I called the phone number listed and spoke to restaurateur James Sardelli who, with his brother Jerry, are working on a place they define as eco-friendly. “Everything is made from green sustainable materials,” Sardelli said, listing a compressed bamboo floor, recycled wood, L.E.D. lighting and menus made from recycled paper.

The bi-level spot will have a tasting-style small plate menu of sushi specialty rolls, along with a menu of caviar, organic vodkas and Champagnes. The scene will morph from restaurant to lounge (excuse me, ultra lounge) around 10:30 every night, said Sardelli, who added that he expects to open in late September. Watch for updates.

Another sign observed was for the soon-to-hatch Sapsuckers Hops & Grub (which joins the nascent Swallow in the category of bird-named restaurants). It’s owned by Nino Antuzzi, who also owns Osteria da Nino across the street as well as Red, on New York Avenue. More on that one to follow.

The Black Lantern Ultra Lounge & Sushi Den will be at 10 Wall St., Huntington, 631-275-1493; Sapsuckers Hops & Grub will be at 287 Main St., Huntington.

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