RISE AND SHINE: Arriving in style this week is an old-fashioned concept with 21st century panache. Huntington native Nick Voulgaris III hosted an open house at the newly refreshed Kerber’s Farm (309 W. Pulaski Road, Huntington 631-423-4400), which opened up its doors in early September. As autumn marches on, we’re already planning for Thanksgiving pies, and Nick has you covered with an outrageously good pumpkin pie ($3.95 mini, $18 for 9-inch).
A VERY FOODIE HALLOWEEN: We can’t think of much seasonal Halloween fare outside of candy corn, fun-size chocolate bars and bowls of spaghetti made to look like brains, but Besito (402 New York Ave., Huntington 631-549-0100 www.besitomexican.com) has other plans for El Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) on Nov. 1 and 2. Traditional “ofrendas,” or altars, will be displayed to honor the holiday while keepsake cards educate guests on Day of the Dead. Guests will also be treated to artisan holiday chocolates in Tamarindo, Maracuya Ganache, and Mexican Vanilla Caramel flavors from Mayan chocolatier Casa de Chocolates. Other specials in Huntington: Empanadas de calabaza ($10) filled with butternut squash, sage and goat cheese; and Enchilada de res ($24), filled with shredded short rib, baked in a chipotle cream salsa and served with melted queso Chihuahua and cilantro.
OPA: They already have the freshest fish in town – now you can try your freshest dance steps there, too. Eat, drink and dance with Alex, Olga and the gang at Neraki (273 Main St., Huntington 631-385-3474 www.neraki.com). Every Wednesday, enjoy authentic live Greek music at the Mediterranean grill starting at 6 p.m. On a side note, soft shell crab lovers should pencil in a visit – they’re back on the menu.
SPREAD YOUR WINGS: The welcome wagon pulled up to The Chicken Coop (44 Gerard St., Huntington village 631-423-2667 http://chickencoophuntington.com) Thursday as Eddie and Allison Nobre officially cut the ribbon on their grill-tisserie, home-style restaurant after about seven months in business. A half-dozen elected officials led by Town Clerk Jo-Ann Raia helped the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce extend an official welcome. The tight quarters also increased the enjoyment for political junkies – Supervisor Frank Petrone and his opponent, Councilman Gene Cook, who are locked in a heated fight for the supervisor’s seat, were seen chatting cordially and standing at the counter together to order lunch for the road, proving once again that the greatest restaurants on Long Island can bridge any divide.