KAT EATS…LONG ISLAND: Broadway Market, Rocky Point
Have you ever stepped foot in a restaurant and just felt, “wow this is such a breath of fresh air?!”
I felt this the first time I stepped foot inside Broadway Market in Rocky Point, N.Y.
This is a foodie spot that’s more than what its name describes. Sure, it’s a marketplace filled with grab and go foods, housemade sauces, a bakery with delectable housemade pastries, Counter Culture coffee and more. For instance, this cookie dough puff is food-gasmic and must be consumed by you all ASAP:
Broadway Market is also home to a craft cocktail bar, a full-service restaurant, a gorgeous (new!) outdoor patio (with lawn games!), and a raised bed herb garden. It’s something the small town of Rocky Point, to me, was missing.
The concept came together over the course of five years. Two Long Island companies, Naturally Grass Fed and Something Sweet Dessert Shoppe, served several different farmers markets across the island over the past several years with unique meats and sweets. One of the co-owners (and one of the nicest people I’ve ever met), Ann Olenick, is actually a London-trained pastry chef and has a pastry chef in house making everything from scratch! Here are Ann and I 🙂
This new hot spot opened back in April of this year and has been attracting foodies young and old into this very unsuspecting part of Rocky Point. The site itself used to be the old Rocky Point train station!
When you walk in you can tell how much pride the co-owners and highly professional staff take in their new venture. The place is spotless. It’s a bright, naturally lit space filled with white tiles, a white bar and dark colored high top tables and the lower top tables you see at restaurants.
Last night I was thrilled to bring my dad as my date to a special VIP tasting I was invited to!
We were greeted by the lovely Samantha, a waitress who is professional and so very kind (highly recommend her if you do go!). The first thing my dad and I both took note of was the unique place settings: casual yet artistic and eclectic:
We first ordered our cocktails, which was exciting as even several of the liquors, wines, and beers on the table are locally made. I tried the Market Fresh Pimms Cup: Pimms no. 1, lemon, selection of seasonal fruits, cucumber, simple syrup, and mint:
It was a very light, refreshing drink, not overly tangy, and had just the right mix of fruit and cucumber (which to me, the cucumber evens out the tanginess of the fruit in the first place!).
My dad ordered the Berry Bourbon Smash: Bulleit Bourbon, triple sec, housemade berry simple syrup, lemon, Angostura (bitters) float, which he loved:
We then were brought two different appetizers.
First up, a cauliflower steak which has a hazelnut romesco, fresh herb and olive salad and curried coconut sauce. It’s important to note as well this dish is vegan and gluten-free! It had such an Indian food vibe to me with the bouquet of curry flavors (especially the coriander) and there was a spicy kick to it as well.
Up next, a Bacon, Potato and Leek flatbread that also had rosemary, thyme, creme fraiche and Parmesan cheese. Out of the two appetizers, this was my dad and I’s favorite. It was a creamy, decadent potato skin-like pizza that left you wanting more (although it was definitely a more filling appetizer than most, as well!). Housemade dough, too?! YES PLEASE.
The element of surprise was so exciting last night for my dad and I as we really didn’t know what was coming next. It was all about the seafood in the next course! And boy, were we ready. These dishes truly were showstoppers, the first being the black bass with asparagus, fiddlehead ferns (which by the way, are the only NON-TOXIC fern you can eat!), shallots and a red pepper cream sauce. The way this fish was seared was one of the best pieces of seafood I’ve ever had. And I’ve had my fair share of seafood to date.
My dad and I were both blown away by the black bass dish and the vermicelli dish you’re about to see as well. Housemade pasta with clams, cockels (baby clams), tomatoes and shrimp in a white wine sauce. What was brilliant about both dishes is they weren’t heavy whatsoever, and the flavor profiles for both were magnificent.
While we were eating these incredible entrees, we ordered our second cocktails of the night. My dad ordered a local glass of Chardonnay and I tried the Patio Porch which is essential Broadway Market’s version of a rum punch. White and coconut rums, pineapple, orange, lime and grenadine. Did I mention I LOVE a good rum punch?! This was fantastic:
Last but certainly not least, YOU NEED TO SAVE ROOM FOR DESSERT. We were brought two desserts, one being a warm apple crostata with housemade cinnamon ice cream. Everything from the apples to the sauce were perfect. And the ice cream?! Icing on the metaphorical cake.
We also received the “cheesecake du jour,” which this week, was chocolate layer cake with a cheesecake layer and raspberry jam. I haven’t had a chocolate cake so moist in a long time. What a beautiful blend of sweet and tangy.
I also brought home a gorgeous flatbread for my mother to try: a marinated grilled vegetable and tomato flatbread with caramelized onions and goat cheese which she loved as well!
Now that you’ve seen all of this food, what’s my final thought on everything?! After having gone three times now, including last night, this is an INCREDIBLE farm-to-table foodie destination you need to put on your list. Not only is the food from scratch, you have servers that give impeccable service (no banging of plates by the servers when taking the empty dishes away, a HUGE PLUS!) a spotless, clean restaurant, and marketplace, amazing craft cocktails (made by its in-house mixologist), and pastries you don’t usually find in this area.
A HUGE THANK YOU to Chef Ann for inviting me and my dad to check out your wonderful restaurant!
643 Broadway, Rocky Point, NY 11778
|Monday||2:00 PM – 9:00 PM|
|Wednesday||8:00 AM – 9:00 PM|
|Thursday||8:00 AM – 10:00 PM|
|Friday||8:00 AM – 10:00 PM|
|Saturday||8:00 AM – 10:00 PM|
|Sunday||8:00 AM – 3:00 PM|