“Thoroughly pleasurable, leisurely lunch. Special!”
Have lived in NYC and Long Island for 20+ years, and just visited Maroni's today, for the first time, for lunch, during an oddball pre-Halloween snowstorm. I learned of its somewhat off-the-beaten-path location through Mike Maroni's appearances on Food Network.
The (according to other reviewers) expensive tasting menu IS offered for lunch, though not required. In fact, the (currently $85) tasting menu is required at pre-arranged seatings, only on Fri and Sat nights; the a la carte menu, offered the rest of the time, and from which we ordered, is reasonably priced.
My boyfriend and I had fabulous, and I mean really good food (pastas, parmigianas, meatballs), delicious wine, and excellent, friendly service.
There is a unique feel to the place that some might find off-putting if one goes forth with one's expectations firmly in place. It's small, and could feel crowded perhaps if full (t'wasn't at lunch), they have no printed menu, therefore prices are unknown unless you ask, ditto for the wine list, they play an older genre of rock music (loved it), and there is a spunky confidence about the place that might not appeal to those who prefer a more servile attitude from the staff.
I absolutely loved it, and for those who say the food is so-so, I would like to know where you are eating otherwise on Long Island; for me the food I've found on LI is at best good but uninspired, and at worst, inedible.
Finally, everyone really seemed to care that we were happy, and seemed themselves happy to be there; this in itself is no small factor in a pleasurable restaurant meal.
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