Two renegades from Sarabeth Levine’s dessert cafe empire have joined forces to open The Chef’s Corner, a breakfast, lunch and brunch spot in the Mineola space last occupied by Cafe Mojo. Maryellen Villalta used to run the Sarabeth’s at Lord & Taylor in Garden City and before that, worked for renowned chef Larry Forgione at Lord & Taylor in Manhattan; chef co-owner Israel Aguilar opened several Sarabeth’s Cafes in the metropolitan area and ran the one at the Whitney Museum.
Aguilar's breakfast and brunch repertoire includes a shrimp omelet ($8) and house-made oatmeal ($5). Some items you'll find on his lunch menu: Mexican hominy soup ($4 cup, $6 bowl), a chicken chipotle club sandwich ($10), Black Angus beef burger ($10), chicken potpie ($12) and chicken Cobb salad ($10.50). Pastry chef Marcelo Gonzales makes all the cafe's desserts, among them an upside down chocolate cake ($7) and warm rice pudding tart ($7).
The place offers table service and is open Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Chef’s Corner is at 95 Mineola Blvd., Mineola, 516-742-1856.
Pictured above: Mexican hominy soup and Oaxacan chicken sandwich at The Corner Cafe in Mineola