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Been to Prime in Huntington?

jrl354 Aug 10, 2007 10:24 AM

Anybody else been to this restaurant in Huntington Harbor. Just wanted to know what your thoughts were on it.

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    budcar Aug 10, 2007 12:37 PM

    Why don't you tell us your opinion?

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      jrl354 Aug 11, 2007 07:50 AM

      I have been there probably about 6 or 7 times now, never had a bad experience. The restaurant is a huge beautiful space on the Harbor with a beautiful view. The food, is pricey, but IMHO worth it. The service is sharp and the wine sommelier is also very attentive (helped me and my date pick out a nice, reasonably priced Pinot from New Zealand).

      The only reason I posted was because I"ve heard mixed opinions from others before who feel its overrated. I can't get enough of the place.

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        foodieforthought Aug 13, 2007 08:50 AM

        I agree. Was a great experience when my SO and I went. Beautiful restuarant and great view of the harbor.

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          rollawaydadew Aug 13, 2007 10:16 AM

          View and facility are impressive, however, when I drop this kind of cash, I expect to be wowed by the food and that hasn't happened in my two visits. Huntington offers far better alternatives.

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            foodieforthought Aug 13, 2007 11:34 AM

            Granted the food isn't blow your mind good...but I have not always considered food to be the be all end all of a dining experience. IMHO a restaurant can make up for this in many ways, most of which Prime does deftly.

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      dAVID h Aug 13, 2007 02:14 PM

      I agree with most of the other replys, to the fact that the room and service outweigh the food when you consider the price. A great place for large parties, a bit much for a cozy dinner for 2

      1. foodieforthought Aug 29, 2007 06:37 AM

        Just went back to Prime the other night, another great dining experience. I LOVE this restaurant.


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          rollawaydadew Sep 3, 2007 08:09 AM

          Back again last week--client's choice for dinner. Great place for a drink or two either outside or in as the location and decor are tremendous but head to another Huntington spot for a more relaibly consistent (and better bang for the buck) dining experience. Also avoid Thursday happy hour unless you really enjoy a cheesy over 40 divorced singles crowd.

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            foodieforthought Sep 17, 2007 08:51 AM

            I don't see this 40-singles crowd. Mostly couples, business dinners, etc. I think this place presents a dining experience that one doesn't get often on Long Island. It has a very big Manhattan feel (aside from the water-view). Having a chef who was worked at Montrachet and Daniel doesn't hurt either!

            Rumor has it that they will soon be starting tasting menus to showcase the Chef's true talent. Richard Farnabe has quite a sterling reputation.

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          petergreen Sep 4, 2007 08:46 AM

          I was a little turned off by the pretense. It was just trying too hard. For example, the waiter felt compelled to tell us the chef's resume before he gave us the specials. Definitely has an inferiority complex compared to Manhattan restaurants. Manhattan prices, too. Food was very good, but the bar scene was too loud and crowded for me. I realize that this is all subjective, but I found the over-striving to be a turn off and I won't go there again soon. When I am in Huntington, I would rather be more relaxed.

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            foodieforthought Sep 5, 2007 07:58 PM

            I would agree with you Peter. The service staff seems somewhat pretentious, yet very experienced. I felt in good hands, no matter how much of an attitude I got.

            As a displaced Manhattan-ite, I think this NY-style restaurant is what allures me to go back. Its the the most NY like restaurant in their general outlook on the Island. Not necessarily a good thing, I suppose.

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            nkerr Apr 25, 2008 12:50 PM

            Finally got to this place which is around the corner from me. My wife and I had received a gift certificate. My steak was very tasty but my sushi appetizer was just ok. Like a lot of people on this post, I heard a lot about the resume of the pastry chef and her days in Vegas. I thought my dessert was only ok. I had 2 drinks. The wife none. Bill was about $100/pp. I thought it was a bit too expensive for what we got but the service was excellent and they really did a bang up job decorating the old Coco's night club. I am glad I had the gift certificate.

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              penguiino101 Apr 25, 2008 03:34 PM

              I went there and had a wonderful time. The food was delightful and my steak was rare, the way I like it, rather than medium like what I get at other restaurants. The bathroom had some creepy pictures in it, though. The architecture is very nice and the waiters were very patient. I would love to go again. But...the prices are pretty high.

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                JDarer Jan 9, 2009 07:31 PM

                I have been to Prime many times by boat and half the fun is getting there! Highly recommend the place. Have consistently had a good experience whether as a cozy group of 2 or entertaining a group of 6. Equally enjoyable for lunch or dinner. A wonderful setting on the harbor.

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