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On a Lark in East Northport
I see potential at The Lark Pub & Grub, which opened about two weeks ago in the East Northport digs of the former Blue Room. Under the same co-ownership as The Nutty Irishman in Farmingdale and T.J. Finleys in Bay Shore, this looks to be a more ambitious spot, serving a vast assortment of beers from both local, national and international brewers, along with a contemporary budget-friendly menu of small plates and sandwiches. There are only four entrees, the costliest (a skirt steak) ringing up at $19.
At a table on the newly built rear patio, I enjoyed an appetizer of Thai meat ball lollipops as well as a bright Caprese (tomato, basil and mozzarella) flatbread pizza, courtesy of chef Andrew Hartmann, a recent French Culinary Institute graduate. But a grilled chicken sandwich featured cold poultry with a "pesto mayonnaise" that was virtually basil-free. And the restaurant had no coffee.
Clearly, the place is in formative stages. I hope to return when its in full gear.
The Lark Pub & Grub is at 93 Larkfield Rd., East Northport, 631-262-9700.
The patio of The Lark/Joan Reminick