When you live at North Shore Towers and Country Club, you don’t have to go very far to find a great meal when you don’t want to cook, thanks to its two first-rate restaurants.
One of them, VIP Club Restaurant, is located within the North Shore Towers Country Club. It is beloved by residents not only for its great food, but also for its legendary Friday Night Happy Hours and special events that include monthly theme parties, most recently an indoor beach party in February.
The restaurant’s menu consists of mostly American food for breakfast, lunch and dinner, according to Dennis Pariti, its vice president, who operates it with Reina Lemus, its president. The biggest sellers are burgers and flatbread pizzas and the eatery specializes in fish and steaks, Pariti says.
“Reina and I always loved cooking,” he notes. “We prep our own foods and cook our own foods and we love making people happy with the product.”
The duo has been running the restaurant at North Shore Towers for eight years.
“Before that, I always had bagel stores and Reina was my manager at my stores,” Pariti says, noting he owned and operated several Bagels N A Hole Lot More stores on Long Island for many years before selling them to focus on the VIP Club Restaurant after the opportunity to run that business at North Shore Towers came along.
It was a no-brainer for them to run the restaurant at North Shore Towers, he points out. After all, “with my bagel stores around the area, I knew a lot of the people who lived here,” he says. “So, they’ve been actually customers of ours for 20-plus years.”
Pariti made Lemus his partner operating the VIP Club Restaurant. Including Pariti and Lemus, the restaurant now has a staff of nine people, Pariti notes.
Overlooking the North Shore Towers and Country Club golf course, the VIP Club Restaurant is the go-to place for Club Members between rounds of golf or tennis, while entertaining guests, gathering with friends, or just for a casual meal. During the summer, residents can also visit the courtyard snack bar.
“The myriad of talents that VIP demonstrates with their meals weekly is above and beyond what you could expect at the Waldorf Astoria – it’s incredible,” according to Ed Phelan, chairperson of North Shore Towers Country Club and a resident of North Shore Towers for nearly 10 years.
“We’re lucky to have the two of them,” Phelan noted, calling them “excellent chefs” and saying their talents are a “gift to us – the shareholders.”
But North Shore Towers residents have dining options. In addition to the VIP Club Restaurant, which is opened only to Country Club members and their guests, there’s also The Towers Restaurant which is open for everyone, offering a diverse menu all day long, including breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. It’s located at the center of the arcade and provides the ideal location for meeting friends and neighbors. An added benefit: Delivery service from the Towers Restaurant is just a phone call away.
“Having two restaurant options for our residents is one of our many great amenities North Shore Towers and Country Club has to offer. No matter what the weather, our residents have a place to eat just an elevator ride away, without having to get in their car or being exposed to the elements” said Glen Kotowski, North Shore Towers and Country Club general manager.
In addition, there’s also the Towers On The Green reception, banquet and catering hall, located right on the arcade level. It’s the site for many special events, including ones featuring well-known personalities and nationally recognized leaders. It is also available to host social functions and other events of interest to our residents.