Stony Brook Foodie Fun
From comfort food and old favorites served with a new twist, to innovative dishes created with local-sourced ingredients, Stony Brook Village restaurants are serving up some fresh ideas in new cuisine.
Several local food spots exhibit an evident pride in crafting original and imaginative fare, drawing in hungry visitors with new experiences and flavors. Following are some of the local specialties you’ll find only in Stony Brook. And with the warm weather coming, most offer outdoor seating options.
Master Chef Guy Reuge, the four-time James Beard Award nominee at the Three Village Inn’s Mirabelle Tavern, takes a particular pride in sourcing local ingredients and the Chef said he is already starting to plan what he’ll be planting in his own garden to use in his dishes at the restaurant. To supplement his menu, he regularly stops at local farm stands in season and works with a seafood supplier out east to source fresh shellfish and fish.
“We work with what’s in season so the menu is constantly renewed,” Reuge said. New selections include Pan Roasted Hallock with morel-Cipollini ragout, baby turnips, saffron-vanilla sauce as well as Pan Roasted Sea Scallops with raisin-Riesling purée, potato croquettes and sugar snap peas. The one constant on the menu and a local specialty is the Duck Mirabelle, with wild rice, celery roots, pearl onion ragout, and olive sauce. “The duck is a staple for us and it’s always on the menu,” he said. Phone: 631-751-0555.
The Country House restaurant is known for its Prime Dry-Aged Steak, and it is the only place in the Three Village area to get it, said Bob Willemstyn, a life-long Stony Brook resident and current owner. Available as 18-oz. Bone Out Certified Black Angus New York Strip Steak, 12 oz. Certified Black Angus Filet Mignon, or 24 oz. Certified Black Angus Tomahawk Steak, “these are the finest steaks, dry-aged for 24 days, so they are so flavorful and tender,” he said. Willemstyn said the restaurant uses only the freshest ingredients, including ‘day-boat’ fish delivered daily.
The menu at Pentimento includes a broad selection of ‘seasonally-crafted regional Italian cuisine’ and imaginative ‘small plates’ such as Grilled Spanish Octopus, Palotte (Abruzzo-style cheese dumplings braised in tomato sauce), Baked Semolina Gnocchi with sautéed Swiss chard and pecorino Romano, and Sautéed Wild Shrimp with house-cured pancetta, rosemary, white wine, evoo and garlic. Large dishes include Brodetto, a seafood stew with shrimp, squid, clams, mussels, octopus and fish in a tomato fish broth. Pentimento is also known for its creative pasta dishes and lunch, including the Impossible (meatless) Burger. 631-689-7755.
Even the casual fare here in Stony Brook is special. Sweet Mama’s offers what owner Marios Patatinis calls, “a hip spin on comfort food,” in a home-y, country-style setting. Some of the specialties include Chicken Fried Steak & Eggs Platter with two eggs any style, buttered grits and biscuits, topped with Sweet Mama’s sawmill gravy; the OMG! Chicken & Waffle Sandwich, which includes fried chicken cutlet topped with coleslaw, American and mozzarella cheese between a Belgian Waffle, with honey maple syrup and home fries; and Spicy Avocado Benny with two poached eggs over avocado and bacon, topped with spicy hollandaise sauce, served on a toasted English muffin. “We offer home-style cooking for families and couples,” Patatinis said.
Sweet Mama’s also recently opened Grandpa’s Shed in the rear of the restaurant offering Prohibition-era themed beverages and local spirits in an old-fashioned rustic setting. The ice cream parlor in the front includes treats from sundaes to malts and shakes, egg cream and root beer floats. 631-675-9263.
Crazy Beans, which serves up “creative style breakfast and lunch all day” in Stony Brook, has an incredible assortment of different flavored pancakes, such as chocolate chip, cookie dough, apple cinnamon, banana-nut, blueberry-pecan, banana-chocolate-peanut butter, mixed berry, and cookies’n’cream. The fun, 1950s casual-style diner style of the restaurant is the passion of Callie Brennan, who grew up in Stony Brook.
Their Pancake Quesadilla is an amazing combination of scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, cheddar, & Vermont maple syrup, while the Southwest Scramble includes scrambled eggs, black bean salsa, pepper jack cheese, smoked ham & avocado, served on cheesy biscuits. 631-675-6964.
Robinson’s Tea Room offers a unique experience to visitors, offering 50 different varieties of tea in a “casual, informal, family-friendly atmosphere,” said co-owner Danielle Munoz. Their specialty is British Afternoon Tea, which includes unlimited tea, and a three-tier stand of scones, savory assortment and pastries. The Tea Room also offers a children’s tea service. In flavors such as Cinnamon raisin, chocolate chip, orange cranberry and butterscotch pecan, the Tea Room is known for its scones and other in-house prepared pastries. 631-751-1232
“We offer a different experience,” Munoz said. “People like to come here and then walk around and do other things.”
This includes shopping at the Village Center; exploring historic sites like the Grist Mill; visiting the Long Island Museum; seeing a performance at the Jazz Loft; or attending the many events at the Ward Melville Heritage Organization Educational & Cultural Center.
Fratelli’s Italian Eatery in Stony Brook Village offers always fresh, home-made food including amazing brick oven pizza, along with a gourmet deli assortment, Italian pastries, espresso, cappuccino and gourmet specialty items to take home. 631-751-4445.
Other places to find treats in Stony Brook Village Center include Brew Cheese for gourmet cheeses from around the globe and high-end micro brewed craft beers; Chocolate Works for chocolate, truffles, pretzels, the “wall of candy” and custom-molded chocolates and gift baskets (including a sugar-free assortment); The Crushed Olive, for olive oils, balsamic vinegar, sea salts, jams, local honey, jellies, mustards, and olives; and Village Coffee Market, with a mix-and-match assortment of over 180 flavors for your K cups or single cup brewer, as well as specialty coffee and coffee beans, tea, espresso and gift baskets.
More information on where to eat, shop and more at Stony Brook Village Center.