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Arden Kitchen & Bar

March 7, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 


ArdenA few minutes’ walk from Port Jefferson Harbor, I saw a sign on the street directing me upstairs for good food. The sign wasn’t misleading.

Arden is a spot for dining Wednesdays through Sundays, a place for brunching on Sundays, a venue for dancing to a hot DJ and a cool band (sometimes vice versa), and a space for happy hour relaxing at a large bar.

We were there for the food, perusing a menu categorized into starters, small plates, burgers, sliders, salads, sandwiches, and flatbreads. Starters included tuna nachos, crispy calamari, and a generous mezze platter for two featuring hummus, tabbouleh, tzatziki, olive tapenade and warmed pita. Arden’s mezze defied the propensity of other eateries that provide a lopsided balance of spreads to bread — here there is plenty to scoop up all the delicious offerings.

There are nine different sliders listed; order one or pick four on a board such as lobster salad, pulled pork, BLT, and roast beef. The small plates were also plentiful. My dining companion had the Southern fried chicken with jalapeño grits, pairing it with the Parmesan truffle fries off the starter menu, and pronouncing it crispy and delicious. Sandwiches include turkey and stuffing (with gravy, of course) and a shrimp po’boy; buffalo chicken and fig and goat cheese are two of the flatbreads.

Vegetarians and vegans have multiple choices, including veggie burger, grilled vegetable sandwich, portabella crostini, spicy black Thai noodles, and salads. The Mediterranean warmed kale salad was a tasty meal in itself, served with stuffed grape leaves and red onion — leave out the feta to make it vegan. Gluten-free eaters have plenty to choose from such as tequila-lime shrimp, sirloin steak, and an enticing five-cheese plate served with fig jam (hold the crackers).

Sunday brunch has some of the dinner menu items along with breakfast offerings as diverse as pancakes, omelets, and breakfast nachos. Arden turns the routine Bloody Mary into a Mother Mary accompanied by shrimp and a mini BLT slider.

Our affable server brought a platter of dessert choices by the table. I’m glad we could see the sweets, as it was difficult to hear anything she said. The music was too loud for conversation, though the sound did make for a lively atmosphere to accompany flavorful food.

Arden Kitchen & Bar

201 Main Street

Port Jefferson



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