Wave Seafood Kitchen

25 E. Broadway Port Jefferson, NY 631-928-5200

A group of friends share appetizers at WAVE

(Credit: Doug Young)

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Type: New American, Restaurant, Lounge Special features: Live music, Water views, Outdoor Seating, Happy hour Price range: $$$ (Expensive) Description:

Wave Seafood Kitchen is the latest restaurant to reside at Danfords Hotel & Marina. It's also the best in memory. Executive chef Jonathan Levine has started his fall menu at the waterside eatery. Full of flavor and style, his fare makes Danfords a destination anew. Levine previously cooked at Guy & Savoy, the celebrated Las Vegas branch of the great Paris restaurant; and at The Buffet at Wynn in Las Vegas. Danfords often is considered a pretty place; on summer days. Of course, it still is that. But now, it's more.

Hours: Breakfast: 7 a.m.-10:30 a.m.: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-10:30 a.m.: Sat.-Sun. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. -3 p.m.: Mon.-Sat. Dinner: 5 p.m.-10 p.m.: Mon.-Thurs. 5 p.m.-11 p.m.: Fri.-Sat. 4:30 p.m.- 10 p.m.: Sundays. Sunday brunch: 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. (Weekend dinner reservations recommended.) Ambience: Very Good Service: Excellent Reservations: Recommended Credit cards: Accepted Cover charge: None
WAVE Seafood Kitchen offers water views of the

WAVE Seafood Kitchen offers water views of the Long Island Sound, located in Danfords Hotel and Marina in the heart of Port Jefferson. (Oct. 24, 2011) (Credit: Doug Young)

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Chef Jonathan Levine scored in Las Vegas. He hits it big in Port Jefferson.

Levine transforms the restaurant at Danfords Hotel & Marina, the local landmark at the harbor. The hotel has been refreshed and updated in recent years. But Levine makes Wave. It's easily the best dining room here in memory, recent or distant.

The harborside spot seems cozier, even when the bar and lounge two steps away are going full blast. Subdued hues, streamlined decor and soft lighting contribute to the easygoing mood.

But it's Levine's show, precise and meticulous, from a cook who started as a computer programmer. Levine's résumé includes fish chef at Guy Savoy, the elegantly contemporary Vegas offspring of the great Paris restaurant; and executive chef at The Buffet at Wynn Las Vegas.

WAVE is a sure thing.

THE BEST

Enjoy a taste of autumn: savory calabaza-squash soup, finished with citrus crème fraîche and spiced pumpkin seeds; or soothing celery-root soup, floating nuggets of tart apple and bacon. Levine prepares a tantalizing butternut squash risotto, enriched with dried cherries, pine nuts, mascarpone cheese and brown-butter maple foam. His house-made pappardelle announces itself in a lush sauce of leek cream, sun-dried tomatoes and sausage. Lobster risotto arancini sounds unwieldy, but they're deluxe rice balls. Consider a three-part seafood tasting, highlighted by Thai-chili-lime- dressed striped bass. Nibble on the pistachio brittle in the golden beet salad; Maytag blue cheese in the mission figs. Relish applewood-bacon wrapped meat loaf and lobster potpie; braised beef short rib and smoked-mango BBQ rack of lamb. Try a perfectly poached lobster or whole black bass with a mustard vinaigrette. Spoon pumpkin custard from a candied pumpkin, for a playful spin on crème brûlée.

THE REST

Pasty baked cherrystone clams and seafood couscous, so-so seared tuna Niçoise, bland cranberry-pear galette and orange mousse.

THE BOTTOM LINE

New Wave.

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