SAY HI TO ALBERT: Dine Huntington 2013 participant Albert’s Mandarin Gourmet (269 New York Ave., Huntington 631-673-8188) is open with a new look and new features – namely, a sushi bar with a lot of promise. We had a chance to sit down for a roll or two recently, and the new design, with backlighting and a dark base, brings a more urbane feel to one of Huntington’s classic Chinese destinations. Service at the sushi bar is fast and friendly and the sushi top-notch, making it great for a quick bite on the go.
THINK PINK: Dine Huntington is in October, and it falls right smack in the middle of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. So, before (or after) you visit Prime – An American Kitchen & Bar (117 North New York Ave., Huntington 631-385-1515 http://restaurantprime.com) for Dine Huntington, support their breast cancer awareness fundraiser while you’re at it. They’re presenting a special “Eat, Drink, Think Pink” menu for the month. Not only does $1-2 from each menu item go to the Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition – you know we love Karen Miller and her band of crusaders over there – each of the menu items feature items that are known to be rich in antioxidants. Just look for the pink ingredients on their special menu. Beet lovers will particularly enjoy the Pan-Seared Pink Snapper ($33) paired with roasted beets and red beat foam. Pink ribbon pins are also available for a $5 donation.
CELEBRATE: Want to help Allison and Eddie Nobre celebrate their second restaurant in Huntington? If you’ve not been, Oct. 17 will be a great time to discover The Chicken Coop (44 Gerard St., Huntington 631-423-2667). At 1 p.m., Town Clerk Jo-Ann Raia will officially help them cut the ribbon on the all-American favorite featuring hearty and wholesome grilltisserie chicken and sides. Oh, by the way – every Friday is “Fried Chicken Friday” at the Coop; spread the word! And don’t forget to visit their other restaurant, Portuguese hotspot Fado (10 New St., Huntington 631-351-1010, Huntington) up the road during Dine Huntington Restaurant Week.