Harboring A View
Harbor Mist restaurant is a seafood spot that need not depend on seasonal summer crowds to stay afloat. The Main Street restaurant in Cold Spring Harbor is situated right on the water, harboring a view that keeps a loyal customer base anchored in the small-town mainstay.
Having changed hands several times over the years, current owner of three years Barman Sharifi brings more than two decades of dining experience to the table. In 1987 he opened La Taverna, later named Aqua Blue, in Roslyn, and assumed ownership of the Cold Spring Harbor restaurant with his wife, Michelle, in 2013.
The spacious yet intimate upstairs dining room makes for a pleasant eating atmosphere. With a breathtaking sunset view, the simple wooden floors and homey light yellow walls make for an enjoyable, unassuming atmosphere where diners can focus on the main event: dining with the view.
The brunch ($21.95) and sunset menus ($26.95) are available year round and offer a diverse cross section of what Harbor Mist brings to the table.
Catching the tail end of summer, we opted for some seafood staples that caught our eye on the prix-fixe sunset dinner menu. While some items are subject to change, we’re hopeful that the tuna tacos and Thai calamari are anything but seasonal.
The delicate and colorful tuna tacos are light and pleasant. The wonton shell gives the finger food a nice, crispy texture, and the mango salsa adds a slightly sweet and refreshing tinge to the mild blackened tuna.
Stacked tall in height and robust in volume and taste, the Thai calamari appetizer stood out at our table. The thin, crunchy and compactly crisp calamari, coated in a tangy Thai sauce and sprinkled with black and white sesame seeds, does not disappoint.
Forging ahead into the main event, we stuck to the land and sea theme, ordering both a seafood and a steak dish.
The sautéed Costa Rica basa filet, served over basmati rice and topped with a coconut mango salsa, is light and cooked just right. The mild fish was beautifully plated, tender and easy to cut and carried just the right amount of flavor.
The skirt steak, served with Argentinean chimichurri sauce, is evenly cooked, tasty and tender, but the crispy onion rings on top, along with the sautéed vegetables, bring the plate full circle.
Homemade deserts, created by Sharifi’s wife, Michelle, are a welcomed “must,” making the sunset menu even more illustrious. The chocolate mousse cake is decadent and wholesome. The Italian cheesecake is dense and creamy, and is complemented well by a fresh dollop of whipped cream.
A fresh cappuccino and some complimentary lip service from the gracious and humble general manger, George Alexander, made for the perfect end to our picturesque, harbor-side meal.
“You never know what happens to a person before they come in here. It’s always someone’s birthday, or Mother’s Day, and I want my staff to make people feel good,” Alexander said. “I want to make them happy in that moment.”
105 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor
Atmosphere: Classy and comfortable, with a water view
Cuisine: Seafood and steak
Hours: Lunch and dinner 7 days; Monday-Thursday: 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Friday & Saturday: 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Sunday: 11:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.