Dating a Foodie – How to impress a tough critic

Stressing out where to take your seasoned foodie lover? First date with a foodie? Fear not, we’ve got you covered!

One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”― Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own

Whether it’s your first date, one month anniversary or twentieth anniversary, if you are trying to impress a self-proclaimed “foodie” like ourselves, we feel for you – we are tough to please!

OHK Bar & Restaurant

135 West Gate Drive, Huntington, NY 11743

Who doesn’t want to dine in an actual castle?? OHK Bar & Restaurant is located in the historic OHEKA CASTLE. Oheka Castle was built by Otto Hermann Kahn from 1914-1919 and is the third largest private home in the United States! The castle boasts 32 guest rooms and suites and has hosted the weddings of some of the biggest celebrities – including Joe Jonas, Theresa Guidice, and is the location of where the Great Gatsby Movie was filmed.

Want to really impress your date or loved one? If the gorgeous historic setting doesn’t do it, the food certainly will! Start out with the Mediterranean Plate, or the Lobster BLT salad, followed up with the Porterhouse Lamb Durango which includes twin 6oz chops, blackberry cascabella sauce and lemon cheese risotto. Make sure to save room for dessert, and try the fresh and delicious Berries and Cream with lemon sorbet and mixed berries or the Peanut Butter Brownie Sundae with moose tracks and a chocolate fudge brownie.

Dine in-doors or Al Fresco; or really set the bar high and do dinner and a night stay in the Oheka Hotel. The fine furnishings and elegant décor of the Castle’s Chateau Rooms reflect the elegant designs of famous French chateaux, which were the inspiration for the beautiful architecture of OHEKA back in 1919 and are sure to impress even the toughest critic.

Krinti Mediterranean Grill

8285 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury, NY 11797

Take your date on a journey to the Mediterranean at Krinti. This restaurant boasts an understated elegance with lots of wood finishes and warm red, orange and gray accent colors that invite you right in.

Spice up the date right off the bat with Krinti’s Spicy Eggplant Appetizer that comes with lightly spiced cubes of eggplant cooked with chopped tomatoes, peppers, garlic and herbs. Followed by the Octopus Salad tossed with onion, diced tomatoes, cucumbers and parsley in lemon and olive oil. For dinner grab the Iskender, a lamb gyro topped with light tomato sauce, served over diced pita bread and topped with yogurt sauce. Or get the Royal Dorado, a Mediterranean fish with mild flavor and firm flakes. Any of Krinti’s dishes are sure to transport you and your significant other to the Mediterranean coast. And who wouldn’t want to be there right now?

Rothmann’s Steakhouse

6319 Northern Blvd, East Norwich, NY 11732

Rothmann’s upholds the traditions of the past by serving a classic steakhouse menu with great additions from the present. A dining landmark on Long Island, with a rich and storied history dating back to 1907. Come experience the grandeur of Rothmann’s for yourself; where prime dry-aged steaks, great wine & hospitality have become a tradition, and your Foodie will be blown away!

What’s more foodie(esque) than Applewood smoked slab bacon with a maple soy glaze or Seared Foie Gras with balsamic glazed red onions and a blueberry compote? A fully stacked raw bar or Signature Sushi Rolls and Sashimi to choose from? In our Certified Foodie Opinion, all of the above! Along with the Beggars Purse Pasta that’s a three cheese filled pasta served with sage madera cream, dried cherries, arugula, frisee, pears and almonds or the 18oz Double cut lamb chops with a plethora of sides that are the perfect size for two.

Not sure what to pair with your mouthwatering food options? Sean Gantner is the Beverage Director 10 years running and has built a career cultivating award-winning restaurant wine programs across Long Island and offers a 40 page Sommelier Selection for you to choose from! What Foodie wouldn’t be impressed?


1466 Old Northern Blvd, Roslyn, NY 11576

Upon arrival you will notice an inviting outdoor dining patio that expresses traditional Grecian elements while maintaining contemporary detail. As you step inside you’ll be transported by the Santorini aesthetic where fresh ingredients hit your senses and human interaction is a refreshing priority.

Kyma’s airy, whitewashed wood design balanced by European stucco, evoke the stylized spirit of the Greek Islands. Generous seating at long white wooden tables are lined with plush, white canvas cushions. More intimate tables also dot the larger dining room. A sleek, oval bar separates the dining room from the lounge area. Here you will have your choice of standing cocktail banquettes, bar and lounge style seating. The resident, DJ will keep the energy high in this fun social spot inside Kyma. In the warmer months an adjacent open-air outdoor patio is perfect for al fresco dining with views of the quaint village of Roslyn.

Start out with the Mussels steam with Santorinian Wine & Ouzo Broth along with the Grilled tender Squid for appetizers. Follow that up with the delectable Lamp Chops that are Charcoal Grilled served with Greek style fresh cut fries, or the Seafood Linguini with the entire sea on your plate! Kyma also has amazing sides to add to your dishes like broccoli rabe and feta! This is the perfect date spot!

City Cellar

1080 Corporate Drive, Westbury, NY 11590

Your Foodie will be impressed from the moment they step into City Cellar. Visible from every seat in the dining room, City Cellar’s towering glass-fronted floor to the ceiling wine cellar is truly impressive and showcases fine wines from around the world. The attentive staff at City Cellar can help pair together an excellent dinner and an outstanding bottle of wine at a great price. One of City Cellar’s most anticipated specials is the daily wine flight. With over forty wines offered by the glass, the wine flight presents as an opportunity to taste three different varietals in half glass portions.

Lobster Carbonara served with applewood smoked bacon, snap peas and wild mushrooms, Double “R” Ranch Short Ribs served with black truffle butter, fingerling potatoes, creamed swiss chard and black garlic bordelaise or the Veal Milanese served with baby arugula, cherry peppers, roasted tomato and a lemon vinaigrette are some of the exquisite offerings you can choose from along with the very impressive wine and cocktail list, you are sure to have a memorable experience.

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