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Latitude 121

June 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Latitude 121 by Raven PetersonNestled in the heart of historic Stony Brook, Latitude 121 is across the way from the harbor and a short walk from the Stony Brook Yacht Club. Occupying the same space as Brook House, the new restaurant opted to keep its predecessor’s ice cream parlor and family friendly atmosphere while revamping the dining area and adding a new bar to the back.

Latitude 121 serves breakfast, lunch and dinner; I opted to visit at lunchtime, though the breakfast menu sounds appealing (breakfast quesadilla, Belgian waffles, and tortilla Espanola are all temptations).

Appetizers include burrata, risotto, and clams cakes. My friend and I chose the sweet heat shrimp made with sweet Thai chili sauce and the chicken lollipops with buffalo sauce. The shrimp, a good starter, was well-portioned. The buffalo sauce on the chicken didn’t seem that spicy (I love spicy food, so others may find it sufficiently zesty).  My friend also ordered the enormous Latitude salad of dried cranberries, Gorgonzola, Granny Smith apples, candied walnuts, and raspberry vinaigrette. It was more than enough to share or be a meal on its own. Other salad choices are Cobb, Caesar, and wedge.

For our main course, we ordered the Latitude burger. Executive Chef James Cavorti is a genius when it comes to this signature dish of a half-pound burger topped with smoked bacon, cheddar cheese and a sunny side egg.  The accompanying fries were just as delicious. Other main dishes include chicken portobello ravioli, lobster roll, and a white fish sandwich.

Gluten-free diners may select raw bar offerings of shrimp, clams, oysters, and tuna tartare, or the grilled swordfish. The garden panini will appeal to vegans and there’s pasta primavera for vegetarians. The bistro menu, available in the ice cream parlor, has selections such as chopped salad, flatbread Margherita, and panini grilled cheese. (If you’re not veg and love ham sandwiches, the bistro’s menu boasts it has the “ultimate” one.)

It would take a boatload of visits to try every dessert. Gifford’s ice cream is served (with flavors named Muddy Boots and S’mores). Try a chocolate covered pretzel sundae or the fun Night at the Movies with caramel covered popcorn, peanuts and hot fudge. There are also shakes, smoothies, cannoli, floats, egg creams, and cheesecake.

Latitude 121

121 Main Street

Stony Brook

631-675-9263

www.latitude121.com

Review and photo by Raven Peterson

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