After our wonderful adventure exploring the wineries in Long Island, Lori suggested we do dinner at one of her favorites, Love Lane Kitchen.
We didn’t have reservations, so they told us it would be about 30 minutes.
Luckily, right next door was Love Lane Market… and I love me a market. (I think they may be owned by the same people, but I’m not positive)
They stock their shelves with great ingredients, many of which I am familiar with and some new ones. It reminded me of a little Eataly.
But with a bit more personal touch.
I have this odd love for these types of chairs. I THINK the top is what they use to form horse saddles, but I could be making that up.
Even their tiled floor was cool.
I REALLY wanted to try the rotisserie duck, but we wouldn’t be able to eat it before I was off on a trip. Lori and her ABF got on though and said it was great.
They even had a selection of homemade pastas.
And homemade mozzarella.
As well as a wood fire pizza oven in the back.
This is the type of market that I wish would open up near me in Manhattan. But it was just perfect in this little Long Island town, on Love Lane.
As soon as we got out of the market, Love Lane Kitchen was calling our names. We sat down and immediately dove into some delicious, fluffy rolls.
We began with a calamari salad. It’s refreshing to have calamari that isn’t fried and this was delicious, with a dressing that brought out all the great flavors.
Mike, shockingly, got the cheeseburger. Since it was devoured before I even remember picking up my fork, I’ll assume he enjoyed it.
Lori got the skirt steak. I tried some (without the sauce) and it was juicy and perfectly cooked. It also had a nice char on it, so the flavor was great.
Lori’s ABF chose the short ribs. Oh these were good. They were so tender and the sauce was a perfect compliment.
I went with the pork belly with a slow cooked egg. This was cooked to perfection, with both crunchy bits and the melty soft fats that make pork belly oh so good.
And boy oh boy do I love eggs. It was on top of a radicchio (I think) which is usually a bit too bitter for me, but with the sweet of the pork and the egg yolk, it was delish!
As if we weren’t indulgent enough, we split THREE desserts. We got the cheesecake, the apple pie, and the chocolate pecan pie. All three were good, but nothing was outstanding. And I was too full to even look at another bite.
Though the pumpkin cheesecake did just keep on calling out to me… “just one more bite!”
Love Lane Kitchen was a perfect end to a perfect day. Great, home style food cooked with love and attention. Everything was scrumptious and I would love to go back to try more.
Total Nom Points: 7 out of 10
For Lori’s take on our meal at Love Lane Kitchen, visit her blog here.