By Justin Mitselmakher
ARCADIA RETRO EATS
Levittown is taking it old school with the opening of Arcadia Retro Eats, a new joint combining classic American grub with timeless arcade games.
With inventions like bagel byte fries ($9) — fried everything bagel topped with cheese, sauce and pepperoni— TV’s Bar Rescue Chef Brian Duffy serves up salads, wings, brick-pressed burgers and four handheld sandwiches, like the standout Shoreham hot chicken ($12) for spice fanatics. Cheese lovers can indulge in eight different grilled cheese sandwiches, even one on a grilled glazed donut!
While the food packs the flavor, arcade games like The Simpsons, Mortal Kombat, Donkey Kong, and Ms. Pac-Man bring the fun to diners of all ages.
2890 Hempstead Tpke., Levittown, 516-899-5309, arcadialevittown.com
An intimate dining experience awaits in a quaint Oyster Bay Victorian cottage.
Chef Jesse Schenker, creator of 2 Spring, opens FOUR, a 10-seat chef’s counter where diners watch Schenker create a 12- to 15- course tasting menu before their eyes, lasting about two and a half hours. At this Scandinavian, minimalist-style open kitchen, the menu focuses on raw fish and shellfish. With attention to detail, tableware pieces are not repeated throughout the dinner.
Reservations are made on Tock, at $245 per person. A wine pairing may be added for $185 per person, curated from the 500 listed wines in the underground cellar.
4 Spring St., Oyster Bay, 516-624-6877, 4springstreet.com
Food and art meld at Zest, a fitting name for the new restaurant specializing in small plates with a vibrant ambiance.
Zest focuses on fresh seasonal ingredients and innovative techniques, according to Chef Michael Liebman, who revamped the space where he served as head chef at the former Slice of Bay Shore. The menu features an extensive list of tapas-style appetizers, which are meant to be shared and sampled. From Mediterranean-style loaded pita chips to smoked brisket poutine, a barbecued spin on the Canadian classic, Zest dips its toes into an array of cuisines.
Zest is also visually explosive: Guests are engulfed by colorful walls filled with pop art paintings, perfect for an Instagram-friendly experience.
298 W. Main St., Bay Shore, 631-647-4499, zestlongisland.com
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