Nicholas James Bistro
2057 Merrick Rd. Merrick, NY 516-546-4805
New American cuisine is the food of the room — with organic opportunities, clever takes on pasta and even a couple of veal dishes on the menu. The ambience is wine-bar-meets-bistro, as cozy wooden tables sit across from racks of red, white and other alcoholic options that make this space a fine choice for martinis as well. Come weekends, live music helps keep things lively later into the night, but weekdays the bar usually winds down quickly once dinner service stops at 9 p.m.Hours: 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Friday; 4 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Saturday; 4 p.m.-9 p.m. Sunday. Ambience: Very Good Reservations: Accepted Credit cards: Accepted
Proprietor and chef Kevin Liebov presents a contemporary and seasonal approach to his creations at his 90-seat bistro offering American/contemporary/eclectic specialties, with catering for 20-90 people on-premise private parties - off premise any amount catering.
Specialties include the customer favorite Country Salad with candied walnuts, mango, gorgonzola, baby greens and raspberry balsamic vinagrette, dry-aged shell steaks are cooked to the customer's satisfaction, free-range chicken, fish specials, pastas and ravioli - especially the penne marsala with housemade chicken meatballs wild mushrooms, sundried tomatoes in a light marsala sauce.
Liebov has a passion for seafood. He uses two excellent local wholesalers (Gra-Bar in Westbury and Two Cousins in Freeport) and when he decided to institute a lobster special this summer, he opted for fewer accoutrements and more lobster; the special includes soup or salad, one 2-pound lobster, roast potatoes and, instead of corn on the cob, creamed corn.
Sunday through Thursday offers a price fixed menu for $23.95. Private room catering for rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, communions and anniversary dinners. Drink specials at the bar. Thursday is also $5 martini night.