Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The Stone Turtle Restaurant - A delicious detour on your way to the Hamptons

The Stone Turtle Restaurant - A delicious detour on your way to the Hamptons
May 18 2010
The Stone Turtle Restaurant opened its doors with an official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, returning a playful sense of whimsy and fun to fine dining. The perfect halfway point from New York City to The Hamptons—The Stone Turtle is set to be the must-stop eatery for New Yorkers and Hamptonites during their weekend road trips.

As guests step inside, they are greeted by a brightly colored d├ęcor – brought to life with light and olive shades of green – met with exposed brick and wood embodies the casual elegance and charm of The Stone Turtle. Sunlight streams through the floor-to-ceiling windows that line an entire wall of the restaurant, shining light onto the one-of-kind graffiti mural that stands opposite, while classic rock, blended with Motown tunes and iconic Frank Sinatra sounds, bring together the lively atmosphere.

Offering guests an unparalleled culinary experience, Executive Chef Gregory Baumel shares his imaginative take on Eclectic cuisine – everyday food with a twist – crafted with the season’s freshest ingredients, many of which are organic and locally sourced. Signature favorites include Tatsoi, Shiitake and Duck Egg Salad (A Soft Poached Egg tops Baby Spinach-like Greens, Roasted Shiitake Mushrooms and Shaved Red Onion with a Warm Bacon Balsamic Vinaigrette), Green Tea Poached Wild Alaskan Salmon (Sesame Grilled Asparagus, Wasabi Cous Cous and Soy Mustard Glaze) and Four Cheese and Wild Boar Sausage Lasagna (Mozzarella, Ricotta, Parmesan & Romano Cheese baked with Lasagna Noodles, housemade Tomato Sauce and 100% Organic Free-Range Wild Board Sausage from Broken Arrow Ranch, Texas).
Stone Turtle’s Small Plates are ideal for those seeking lighter fare and include Screaming Oysters (Freshly Shucked East Coast Oysters lightly poached in a sauce of Sake, Oyster Sauce, Chilis and Cilantro served with Crostini) and Tuna Tartini (Sashimi quality Tuna tossed with Ponzu and Chili Peppers served with Avocado and Homemade Waffle Chips).

Thirsty? Try the Hare of the Turtle (Bacardi® Superior Rum, club soda, mint leaves, jalapeno, lime, sugar, topped with Cotton Candy garnish), one of Stone Turtle’s tempting original cocktails, or the Stone Turtle Beer Sampler, which includes four 5oz. draft beers from the eatery’s twelve-beer selection that includes Dogfish Head IPA 60 min, Monty Python Holy Grail Ale, BluePoint Blueberry, and Six Points Sweet Action. With an array of imaginative menu items, the Grand Tasting Menu offers undecided diners seven delectable courses of the Chef’s careful choosing— twenty-four hours notice and a six-person-minimum result in an unforgettable culinary event. No time to stop? Executive Chef Gregory Baumel also makes “House Calls” upon request, personally crafting and creating a special menu based upon his client’s tastes and wishes.

Getting a late start on the weekend? Weekend Brunch at Stone Turtle evokes the restaurant’s original culinary interpretation and light-hearted sense of humor with such tongue-in-cheek dishes as The Amsterdam (Hash Sampler of Corned Beef Hash, House Smoked Salmon and Caper Hash and Confit of Duck with Sweet Potato Hash with two Poached Eggs and Sauce Bernaise) and Green Eggs-N-Ham (Poached Eggs with Roast Serrano Ham, Tomatilla Avocado Salsa & Blue Corn Tortillas). For those with a sweet tooth be sure to indulge with a selection or two from the Chocolate and Nothing But Chocolate Dessert Menu— the decadent, all-chocolate menu offers playful signature sweet treats such as The Dirty Ashtray and Chocolate Jalapeno “Chipwich Sandwich.”

At once festive and casual, an original culinary take on Eclectic cuisine is served under the backdrop of the colorfully chic interior, as The Stone Turtle boasts a truly unparalleled fine dining experience.

The Stone Turtle Restaurant
4160 Austin Boulevard
Island Park, NY 11558
www.thestoneturtlerestaurant.com

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