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Five of the Best Restaurants on Long Island

Posted On: June 15, 2013

Five of the Best Restaurants on Long Island

 

Long Island is an incredible place to live.  We have all four season, snow in the winter (that is not always a good thing) vibrant springs, colorful falls and of course the warm, sometimes hot, summers.  We have NYC right next-door and the beautiful and charming Hamptons on the other side.  With so much to offer it is no wonder we are inundated with a wide variety of eateries and restaurants, I’m writing this little guide to help point you ladies and gentlemen in the right direction, I present to you five of the best places to eat on Long Island.

First off we have a personal favorite, Pop’s Seafood Shack and Grill in Island Park.  Pop’s is the ultimate warm weather spot.  Located right on the water with Indoor and outdoor seating, fire pits out on the beautiful sandy beach’s, a full bar, and live music Pop’s has it all.  The drink menu is extensive and includes a plethora of frozen deliciousness that makes you feel as if you’re in a tropical paradise.  The best part about Pop’s is the incredible seafood menu from the muscle pots to the tuna lollipops you really can’t go wrong with this menu.  Own a boat?  Pull up to Pop’s private marina for exclusive dine and dock service!

Next up is The Harbor Club at Prime.  Situated on Long Island’s legendary Gold Coast the Harbor club boasts some of the finest seafood cuisine on the east coast.  The venue itself is stunning offering floor to ceiling glass windows allowing their guests to view the colorful sunsets over the magnificent Huntington Harbor.  Impeccable service, fine dining at its best and award winning dishes from Prime’s executive chef Gregg Lauletta make the Harbor Club an absolute iconic establishment.

Il Classico; gorgeous, classy and romantic are just a few of the words used to describe this unbelievable Italian restaurant.  The Il Classico experience begins as soon as you walk in the door, the perfectly professional staff will greet you and seat you and then prepare to be transported to old Italy.  When I tell you the food and atmosphere of this restaurant is truly authentic words do not do it justice, it is something that absolutely must be experienced.   The atmosphere is incredible but the food is the major draw here, it is the freshest Italian food on Long Island by far and the true flavor of some of Italy’s signature dishes can only be experienced at Il Classico.  A great date spot for a special night, one of my favorite parts about this establishment is that they will never rush you!

Vetro Restaurant and Lounge by Russo’s on the Bay is next on our list.  A stunning rooftop lounge combined with a mouthwatering menu has won this establishment the coveted five star diamond award.  This award is more then justified by the personable staff, the glowing ambiance and the savory dishes prepared by World-renowned Chef, Michael DeGeorgio.  Whether you’re seeking a fine dining experience or just a relaxing drink in the rooftop lounge Vetro has it all.

Insignia is the latest fine dining restaurant brought to you by Anthony Scotto.  Redefining the traditional steak house this stylish establishment offers not only the finest prime dry-aged streak but an array of sushi and Asian inspired cuisine as well.  One of the most incredible features of this establishment is the décor, imagine a historic Hamptons mansion replete with copper roofing, quarried stone and cedar shakes combined with the energy and vibe of a trendy Manhattan restaurant that’s Insignia.  Insignia also offers private dining rooms and the option to rent out the entire restaurant for any function be it corporate or celebratory, so the next time you want to take the sales team to diner rent one of their exclusive private dining rooms!

So no matter what our in the mood for, seafood on the beach, classic Italian or Asian fusion Long Island has it all.  You will be doing yourself a great injustice if you pass on any of these phenomenal venues!

 

All Star Limousine is a Long Island, New York based company with an extensive global reach; we provide expert Wedding, Special Event and Executive Travel services throughout the Tri-State area and the world. We have over 30 years of experience in the travel industry; our attention to detail, 2013 top-of-the-line vehicles and professional trained Chauffeurs set us apart from the rest!

 

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5 Most Affordable Restaurants in Suffolk County

Posted On: July 22, 2013

5 Most Affordable Restaurants in Suffolk County


 

Kurofune Japanese Restaurant offering both amazing sushi and hot Japanese cuisine Kurofune in Commack has something for everyone.  With an average main course of about $18 you will be hard pressed to find a comparable Japanese establishment offering the same quality dishes at these competitive prices.  If you are in a rush check out their popular lunchbox specials a great deal and with plenty of food.

 

Mauricio’s Orlando II Italian Cuisine has hands down the best veal valdostana I have ever had.  Located on Main Street Smithtown Orlandos II has a classic atmosphere with dim lighting and a tuxedo clad wait staff.  The service and the food is phenomenal and with their unbelievable fixed price menu ($17 on the weekdays and $23 during the weekends and includes main course, appetizer, coffee and desert) you will not get better Italian food for that kind of money.

 

Kitchen A Bistro is a deceptively Spartan café located in St James that offers traditional French and European fare as well as some more unique variations of veal, duck and fresh fish.  Chefs create these savory masterpieces in an open kitchen that is the focus of the small dining room.  The average cost of a main course is about $25 but with their bring your own bottle of wine policy it makes this bistro a can’t miss if your ever in the St. James area.

 

Salsa Salsa is the place to go if you like Mexican or Latin food.  Touted as a burrito bar this popular Smithtown spot offers far more then your typical Mexican cuisine. Specialty tacos and burritos dominate the menu along side chili con carne and their famous quesadillas.  Spacious and inviting, Salsa Salsa maintains its tradition of offering quality food and quality service at an affordable price. Average main course price is about $8.

 

Mediterranean Snack Bar in Huntington NY first opened in 1975.  Founder Steve Soulellis insists on only the freshest and best ingredients for his homemade recipes.  Some of his more popular dishes include Homemade Greek pizzas, falafels, veal souvlaki, and moussaka.  Soulellis’s snack bar serves up classic Mediterranean fare at an amazing price averaging about $18 for an entrée. 

 

 

 

All Star Limousine is a Long Island, New York based company with an extensive global reach; we provide expert Wedding, Special Event and Executive Travel services throughout the Tri-State area and the world. We have over 30 years of experience in the travel industry; our attention to detail, 2013 top-of-the-line vehicles and professional trained Chauffeurs set us apart from the rest!

by Jarrad Kulick

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Chateau La Mer

Posted On: April 18, 2014

Chateau La Mer 


 

 

Chateau La Mer may quite possibly be one of the most beautiful seaside catering halls on Long Island.   Situated on the beautiful waters of the great south bay, Chateau La Mer invites you to experience one of Long Islands most spectacular Panoramic Waterfront Views.  Featuring a multi level waterside patio, flawlessly landscaped tropical gardens, a romantic gazebo, waterfalls and even the ability to arrive at your wedding reception on a private yatch, the Chateau specializes in providing an extraordinary experience on your wedding day.

 

Recently renovated and redone, Chateau La Mer is more beautiful then it has even been.  Their Grand ballroom has just completed its final renovation and it is stunning.  The ballrooms feature a completely unobstructed panoramic view of the Great South Bay, a feature possessed exclusively by Chateau La Mer.  Each of these amazing ballrooms is decorated and furnished with imported wood, granite, marble, and opulent draperies all illuminated via glittering crystal chandeliers.  The ambiance is a timeless classic beauty.  Their moniker “Elegance in Waterfront Catering” is right on the mark.

 

The staff, food and service at the Chateau are second to none.   Attentive, accommodating and professional the staff is completely at your disposal and is dedicated to satisfying your every desire.  Over 30 years experience in the industry cultivates pride in excellence and this is demonstrated by the flawless staff at Chateau La Mer. 

 

An element never overlooked when selecting the perfect venue for your special event is the food.  Chateau offers to you a gourmet menu prepared by master chefs trained in the finest instructions.  A wide selection of delectable fare is offered, and no matter what your choice you won’t go wrong.   Don’t take my word for it though, Chateau La Mer offers free food tasting twice a month to prospective clients something no other catering hall does.

 

Experience elegance in waterfront catering at Chateau La Mer.  The ambiance is incredible the staff is amazing and the food is unforgettable.  This venue will not disappoint you, see for yourself and contact them to arrange a table for their free food tastings.

 

All Star Limousine is a Long Island, New York based company with an extensive global reach; we provide expert Wedding, Special Event and Executive Travel services throughout the Tri-State area and the world. We have over 30 years of experience in the travel industry; our attention to detail, 2013 top-of-the-line vehicles and professional trained Chauffeurs set us apart from the rest!

by Jarrad Kulick

 

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Great Restaurants Near Farmingdale's Republic Airport

Posted On: August 12, 2013

3 Zagat Rated Restaurants Near Republic Airport


 

Republic Airport occupies 526 acres in East Farmingdale and began operation nearly a century ago in the spring of 1928.  Originally it was used as a testing ground for new aircraft built by local manufactures such as Grumman and Seversky.  It was not until 1965 that the airport became a general aviation airport when the Farmingdale Corporation purchased it.

 

Today Farmingdale’s Republic Airport boasts a $139 million impact to Nassau and Suffolk Counties each year.  It is most well known for its appeal to traveling executives and corporate clientele.   To these business travelers time is money and the last thing these busy people have time to do is find a good restaurant.  So in the interest of expeditiousness here are three Zagat rated restaurants near Farmingdale’s Republic Airport.

 

Franks Steak’s is located just over ten miles, at Jericho turnpike in Jericho NY, South West of Republic Airport and has been Zagat rated since 1988.  Zagat survey says Franks has “The best skirt steak on earth.”  A bold statement but it is not far from the truth.  Franks steaks serves only prime aged beef and surpasses the highest standards in the industry.   Franks is no mere steak house and has a large and varied menu that includes chops, chicken, salads and seafood.

 

San Marco Ristorante is located exactly ten miles from Republic Airport, in Hauppauge, and offers incredible northern Italian cuisine.  Amongst much prestige this classic and beautiful Italian restaurant won restaurant of the year in 2010 and was said to be “Extraordinary to perfection!” by Zagat in 2012.  Their menu offers a mouth-watering selection of authentic northern Italian dishes and the quality of their food is matched only by the quality of their service.

 

Ariana Restaurant is located just under ten miles from Republic Airport, in the township of Huntington, and even after scouring the internet I could not find one negative thing said about this truly unique establishment.  Offering fine Afghan and Vegan cuisine for over 18 years Zagat claims “Araina is Long Island’s best kept vegan secret.”  The food and seasoning in this establishment is incredible and like nothing I have ever tasted before.  Everything I have had the pleasure of trying has been delicious, to the point where when I return I am hesitant to try anything new because I have so enjoyed the previous meals.  This is another fine choice by Zagat and a great selection for any traveling executive.

 

 

 

All Star Limousine is a Long Island, New York based company with an extensive global reach; we provide expert Wedding, Special Event and Executive Travel services throughout the Tri-State area and the world. We have over 30 years of experience in the travel industry; our attention to detail, 2013 top-of-the-line vehicles and professional trained Chauffeurs set us apart from the rest!

by Jarrad Kulick

 

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Great Restaurants Near MacArthur Airport

Posted On: August 30, 2013

Great Restaurants Near MacArthur Airport

 

Air Travel can be stressful, tiring and taxing.   Delays, cramped seating, altitude shifts and a multitude of other inconveniences usually highlight the negative side of flying but the hands down worst thing most complained about by airline passengers is the food.  Airplane food is terrible.   Even if you’re starving the selections offered during flight are rarely an option even for the heartiest of eaters (this is in part the reason many airlines have done away with the customary mid-flight meal).  So when you land after that long tiring flight, your most likely groggy, cranky and famished, that’s why we have put together this little guide of good places to eat near popular airports.  Hear are three amazing eateries near long island’s MacArthur airport.

 

Thai Angel.  Thai Angel located at 1812 Veterans Hwy. in Islandia.  Thai Angel is beautiful and traditional in both its ambiance and fare.  Artful South-east Asian décor highlights their gorgeous dining room and imparts a feeling of tranquility and peace.  The food is phenomenal.   In traditional Thai cooking the five main flavors are salty, sweet, sour, bitter and hot, all of these elements are represented by fresh and simple ingredients that are used in different proportions to produce a wide range of savory and delicious dishes.  If you like Thai food (and even if you don’t) Thai Angel is not to be missed.

 

Takara Japanese Restaurant.  Chef and owner Sho San is dedicated to offering only the freshest and best sushi and sashimi selections to his patrons.   The décor is simple and traditional but Takara shines when it comes to chef Sho San’s incredible sushi menu.  Open 7 days a week and operated by the proud owner the service and food at Takara is second to none.  The freshest ingredients, inviting atmosphere and accommodating staff make this a haven for weary airline travelers.

                                                                             

Ghost Chili Mexican Grill.  Home of the Ghost Chili Challenge, for those of you who don’t know the ghost chili is the hottest chili known to man, its level of potency is just below common pepper spray.  The challenge is to consume a burrito made with their signature ghost chili salsa in under ten minutes with no drink and wait 5 minutes after to endure the after burn.  Winners get their teary-eyed picture put on the wall and a free ghost chili T-shirt.  In additional to this unique challenge (due to the potency of the ghost chili it is hard to find a restaurant that will serve them) the food here is excellent.  A true burrito bar but with tons of options to build your own spicy masterpiece, Ghost Chili Mexican Grill is a cut above its contemporaries.  If you like spicy Mexican food check out this growing franchise. 

 

All Star Limousine is a Long Island, New York based company with an extensive global reach; we provide expert Wedding, Special Event and Executive Travel services throughout the Tri-State area and the world. We have over 30 years of experience in the travel industry; our attention to detail, 2013 top-of-the-line vehicles and professional trained Chauffeurs set us apart from the rest!

by Jarrad Kulick

                                                                  

 

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Great Restaurants Near New York's LaGuardia International Airport

Posted On: August 23, 2013

Great Restaurants Near LaGuardia International Airport


 

LaGuardia International airport is a major commuter hub located in the NY metropolitan area.   With over a dozen airlines carrying tens of thousands of passengers daily the queens area surrounding LGA can get a little congested.  No one wants to fight gridlock looking for a reputable place to eat only to be tired and hungry and end up with an over cooked steak or chewy calamari.  In the interest of ravenous jet setters everywhere here are three top notch restaurants located within 15 minuets of LaGuardia airport.

 

5 Napkin Burger in Astoria.  If you haven’t experienced the 5 Napkin Burger chain yet you are seriously missing out.  The restaurant gets its name from the monstrous signature burgers they serve and it is well earned.  Primarily serving American cuisine 5 napkins offers a Varity of dishes from around the world including several unique burgers that are exclusive to this Avant-guard burger chain.  Serving an a la carte brunch on Saturday and Sunday 5 Napkin Burger in Astoria-Queens is located less then 4 miles from LGA.

 

Uncle Jacks Steakhouse.  Uncle Jacks is just about 10 miles from LaGuardia Airport and it’s claim as “The Best Steakhouse in New York” is not too far off.  Now given there are some dynamite steakhouses in the NY metro area but Uncle Jacks is certainly a contender.  Uncle Jacks boasts several locations but the original was founded in the early 1930’s and was titled simply Jack’s.   Their mantra is “Where superior quality and obsessive dedication to craft are the norm”.  With an impressive wine menu and the finest USDA Prime Beef Uncle Jacks is a steakhouse not to be missed.

 

Trattoria L’incontro Italian is the go too Italian restaurant near LaGuardia airport.  Located only three miles from LGA Trattoria L’incontro is the perfect place to stop in after a long flight, whether you just want to have a nice glass of wine at the wine bar or you are looking for some fine Italian dining.   Hand painted murals and an open brick over lend this establishment an air of tradition and comfort and this feeling is also reflected in their vast and somewhat unique menu.  A variety of brick over pizzas are offered at Trattoria L’inconto as well as some very interesting creations (including a brick oven pizza stuffed with chocolate).  Trattoria also offers the type of cuisine you would expect from a restaurant known for its fine dining dishes such as fried calamari, muscles in white sauce and grilled octopus are some of the more popular choices on the menu.

 

 All Star Limousine is a Long Island, New York based company with an extensive global reach; we provide expert Wedding, Special Event and Executive Travel services throughout the Tri-State area and the world. We have over 30 years of experience in the travel industry; our attention to detail, 2013 top-of-the-line vehicles and professional trained Chauffeurs set us apart from the rest!

by Jarrad Kulick


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Andrea's 25

Posted On: September 05, 2013

Andrea’s 25


 

Andrea’s 25 is an amazing fine-dining Italian venue located on Jericho turnpike in Commack NY.  Over 20 years ago the Sorrentino family delved into the restaurant business and began to build a legacy.   In October of 2009 the father, Andrew Sorrentino, passed away and in his honor his sons and nephews built the incredible Andrea’s 25 in Commack.  Soon after came Andrea’s 25 in Woodbury and the most recent edition, manned by executive chef William Turcios and owner John Naccarelli, came Andrea’s North.

 

The Andrea’s name is synonymous with fine-dining, culinary excellence and premiere service.   The flagship, located in Commack, is a beautiful venue dominated by a dark oak bar that spans the length of the restaurant as you enter and is positioned on the other side of the gorgeous dining room.   The Bartenders and wait staff and excellent, true masters of their craft and they stand behind the exquisite fare created by owners and executive chefs Peter cambizi and Salvatore Sorrentino.  True Italian restaurateurs and both masters of the culinary arts and fine dining service, Pete and Sal are dedicated professionals who put their heart and soul into Andrew Sorrentino’s legacy.

 

The food is what Andrea’s 25 is really all about, muscles in white sauce is a great start and I have found a new favorite veal valdostana (thank you gentlemen).  In truth you can’t go wrong at all with this menu, everything is prepared fresh and is steeped in savory Italian spices and flavor.  I have personally frequented this restaurant many times and force myself to order different every time in an effort to experience the broad range of delicious excellence that Andre’s 25 has to offer, I have not been disappointed yet.  “Where creativity meets tradition” I can confidently say Andre’s 25 is one of the best Italian restaurant on Long Island

                                                                         

All Star Limousine is a Long Island, New York based company with an extensive global reach; we provide expert Wedding, Special Event and Executive Travel services throughout the Tri-State area and the world. We have over 30 years of experience in the travel industry; our attention to detail, 2013 top-of-the-line vehicles and professional trained Chauffeurs set us apart from the rest!

by Jarrad Kulick 

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A Long Island Paradise

Posted On: August 28, 2014

A Long Island Paradise


 

 

Some of us may not realize it but we live in a veritable paradise.  Long Island is one of the wealthiest and most beautiful places in the world.  Those of us that have grown up here may take the natural beauty and diverse geography for granted, but I would like to take a quick moment to remind you all about how incredible long island really is.

 

First of all we are on an island less about 23 miles wide, this means that you are no further then a half hour away from a beach no matter where you are, and the beaches here are beautiful.  We live in horse country and on farmland, the trees and flora on Long Island are incredible, vineyards and farms out east punctuated by preserves, arboretums and flower fields throughout and all surrounded by beaches, Long Island is completely stunning from early spring to late fall.   Everything is growing in April, blooming during the summer months, and then the foliage begins to take on those luscious fall colors, very few places in the world can boast such a range of beauty.  When the trees go to rest and the plants close their blooms for the winter, we get snow.  Some of us at this point may be wishing for a mild winter but still very few places in the world will have summers like we do and then still have snow in the winter.  Long Island is the quintessential example of the range of beauty possessed by the four seasons.

 

There is so much to do here.  We are down the road from the greatest city in the world.  Broadway theaters, gorgeous museums, fantastic nightclubs and fabulous restaurants are what NYC is known for and we are a short train ride away.  Long Island has its own attractions as well, we have the Hamptons out east and a booming wine country with over 40 incredible vineyards to choose from and visit.  We have our own amazing eateries, everything from Italian to Seafood.  We have some of the freshest and best in the world, no matter what your preference there is a five star restaurant for you.

 

Ultimately an aesthetic paradise and one of the greatest places to live or grown up, long Island is incredible.  From the natural beauty, to the food, to the activities long island lacks nothing.  Love where you live and if you don’t live here come visit us you won’t be disappointed!

 

All Star Limousine is a Long Island, New York based company with an extensive global reach; we provide expert Wedding, Special Event and Executive Travel services throughout the Tri-State area and the world. We have over 30 years of experience in the travel industry; our attention to detail, 2014 top-of-the-line vehicles and professional trained Chauffeurs set us apart from the rest!

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