HA LONG BAY II VIETNAMESE SANDWICHES
What’s better than a big bowl of soup and a sandwich on a cold day?
Ha Long Bay’s second location has you covered. While the name highlights its tasty sandwiches, including favorites like the grilled pork chop sandwich ($11) served with mayo, pickles, carrots, cucumber, and cilantro on a crusty baguette, the pho noodle soup takes the spotlight. With enough to eat for two, the beef broth is cooked for a minimum of eight hours, ensuring maximum flavor, with options like the classic beef pho, pork chop pho, and vegetable pho (all $15.50).
To wash it all down, try the rich, strong and sweet Vietnamese iced coffee ($6) or choose from the extensive list of flavored tapioca bubble teas ($6.50).
66 Middle Neck Rd., Great Neck, 516-612-0240
Modern American Asian cuisine deliciously blends with French influences.
Restaurateur Anthony Scotto, the creator behind local spots Insignia Prime Steak & Sushi and Blackstone Steakhouse, unveils his latest masterpiece. The menu has a little bit of everything, from traditional Japanese sashimi and inventions like the sushi stack ($26), which layers tuna, salmon, yellowtail, avocado, and ikura, and is topped off with gold leaf. Dishes like the roast duck breast ($39) and Australian Wagyu filet mignon ($72) combine European techniques with Asian flavors.
The extravagant flower arrangements and neon signs create an inviting dining experience.
400 Broadhollow Rd., Melville, bijou110.com
EL SUENO MEXICAN GRILL
This no-frills establishment is serving up authentic Mexican eats.
Owner Joel Salas, a Huntington local born in Puebla, Mexico who has 24 years of experience with Oakdale’s Viva La Vida, opens his second location. It boasts an open-air kitchen with a focus on fresh ingredients, from homemade tortillas featured in the burrito grande ($17) to various taco options, including carnitas, chicken and shrimp. Spicy shrimp ceviche ($17) and zesty salmon de la Sierra ($27) provide robust, hearty meals. Top off the culinary adventure with sweet fried churros ($6) that always leave you wanting more.
The flavors and spices warm up the soul during the cold winter months.
1711 New York Ave., Huntington Station, elsuenomexicangrill.com
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