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Bet on this: Long Island Restaurant Week 2014

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Giddyap'. The bi-annual and award-winning Long Island Restaurant Week https://www.longislandrestaurantweek.com crosses the finish line tomorrow, Sunday, May 4th.

While all eyes will be on the Kentucky Derby today, don’t lose sight of photo finish to Long Island Restaurant Week.

Choose a favorite restaurant or try a new dining experience.

With the Island’s restaurants spanning 118 miles – there are plenty of contenders in the field to choose from.

In fact, as this Examiner wrote in her best-selling book, The Hamptons & Long Island Homegrown Cookbook, “Long Island, the longest and largest island in the contiguous United States, extends nearly 120 miles from the New York Harbor to Montauk Point...

The island’s tableau and its agricultural bounty have inspired a cadre of local master chefs. Many of them have studied and cooked in big-name restaurants all over the world, yet in the end, all of them were drawn back to Long Island. These extraordinary culinary artists shop their farmers markets and empower their local farmers and growers. They grow food in their own kitchen gardens and are showing their restaurant guests—and the world—the fresh food adventures that can be found right in their own back yard.”

After an appropriate Mint Julep or two, dine at a participating restaurant. Each serves its own unique $27.95 menu with a minimum choice of three appetizers, three entrées and three desserts.

A sure bet is to choose a restaurant featured in The Homegrown Cookbook who are participating this springs food event.

Nassau County:

CoolFish Restaurant, Syosset, 516-921-3250 www.tomschaudel.com

Mitch & Toni’s, Albertson, 516-498-2950 www.mitchandtonis.com

For a full listing of Nassau County participating restaurants: https://www.longislandrestaurantweek.com/nassau.php

Suffolk County

Jewel Restaurant by Tom Schaudel, Melville, 631-755-5777 www.jewelrestaurantli.com

Kitchen A Bistro, St. James, 631-862-0151 www.kitchenabistro.com

Mirabelle Restaurant & Tavern, Stony Brook, 631-751-0555 www.mirabelle.com

For a full listing of Suffolk County participating restaurants:

https://www.longislandrestaurantweek.com/suffolk.php

East End

Jedediah Hawkins Inn, Jamesport, 631-722-2900 www.jedediahhawkinsinn.com

North Fork Table & Inn, Southold, 631-765-0177

For a full listing of East End participating restaurants:

https://www.longislandrestaurantweek.com/east_end.php

Of special note: This year marks the 30th Anniversary for Chef Guy Reuge and his masterful Mirabelle restaurant. Be sure to take advantage of the celebration here. Also, Chef Gerry Hayden, North Fork Table & Inn is sure to bring home the James Beard Award this month, so it would be a smart move to dine there before it’s really impossible to get a reservation.

Long Island Restaurant week is a delicious opportunity.

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