If you didn’t already know, it is Long Island restaurant week. Select restaurants all over Long Island created three-course prix fixe menus for a reasonable price of $24.95 per person.
I couldn’t resist and needed to take advantage of this awesome deal. Scrolling down the list of participating restaurants, Four Food Studio and Cocktail Salon in Melville was the winner. I have eaten their once before and I fell in love with the place. Normally, the prices are expensive. Restaurant Week allows people to dine at pricey, sophisticated restaurants for a great price.
Four’s decor is unique and the main reason why I enjoy this place so much. The dinning space is accented with bright colors of green, orange and yellow. Modern touches, elegant mood lighting and exceptional food presentation makes Four a one of a kind dinning experience.
Four changes their menu for each season providing diners with fresh, local and most importantly seasonal ingredients. Also, the different sections of the restaurant are inspired by the different seasons: winter, spring, autumn and summer.
Okay, enough about the restaurant decor and layout, time for the food! The restaurant week menu was inspired by flavors and ingredients of autumn. For appetizer I picked the autumn salad. Fresh crisp endive, pomegranate seeds, apple slices, crumbled goat cheese, and pecans for added texture and crunch made this a light and savory first course. The mixture of creamy goat cheese, tart apple and sweet pomegranate seeds blended well to create this autumn inspired salad.
For my main course, I choose the ginger crusted chicken breast. Tender and juicy all white meat chicken encrusted with ginger was on top of cous cous. The cous cous was creamy and similar in texture to risotto. Throughout the couscous were small chunks of squash. The crunchiness of the chickens crust mixed well with the cous cous.
Finally, it was time for dessert. Nutella bread pudding with a dollop of ice-cream and ring of chocolate syrup. The pudding was dense yet moist. The rich hazelnut nut spread added just enough sweetness to the bread pudding.
After diners finish their meals, Four gives them a fluffy pink cloud of cotton candy served in a martini glass. A new twist on the traditional after dinner mint. Four definitely sets themselves apart with this added sweet treat. The cotton candy is light and sweet and has a watermelon flavor, utterly delicious.
I was worried that the portion sizes would be smaller on the restaurant week menu compared to items on the regular menu. I was wrong. Each portion size was big enough and I was left stuffed and satisfied. Just a small side note, they added an extra main dish choice that is not listed on the menu, thick cut pork chops.
Four is approximately a 30 minute drive from campus, however it is worth it if you want to experience something unique.
I strongly advice other students to take advantage of restaurant week. It ends tomorrow, Nov.8, so pick a restaurant and start eating. Don’t miss out!
Four Food Studio & Cocktail Salon: 515 Broadhollow Road, Melville, 631-577-4444, https://www.fourfoodstudio.com/index.aspx
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