Are you tired of ordering in — of receiving cold food or dishes transported so carelessly that the sauce and the protein appear to be social distancing from one another? If so, I have two words to share: Long Island. Restaurants there continue to operate at 50% capacity. And, no, you don’t have to sit out in the elements to partake of a dinner au restaurant.
Here are a couple of options to consider:
Prime 1024 will strike a responsive chord in those who remember the old Steakhouse Row restaurants in the East Forties and Fifties, many of which, like Pietro’s, had their Italian side. Prime 1024 will satisfy your steak lust with a 10-ounce filet mignon or for those serious about their red meat a 40-ounce prime tomahawk steak for two. Octopus, carefully grilled is piled with peppers, onions and capers, and macaroni with broccoli rabe, sausage, and a homemade broccoli rabe pesto will warm the cockles on a chilly night. Prime 1024, 1024 Northern Boulevard, Roslyn, 516-621-1024.
Nearby at Limani Roslyn the emphasis is on Mediterranean cuisine, which means an emphasis on seafood. Think charcoal-broiled jumbo shrimp, and when they say “jumbo,” they mean U8 — under eight to a pound. Branzino, encased in salt crust — a method that enhances the flavor and texture of any fish — is served tableside. For dessert look no further than the warm chocolate soufflé served with roasted figs and fig ice cream. Limani Roslyn, 1043 Northern Boulevard, Roslyn, 516-869-8989.