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Porto Vivo-Huntington--Anyone Been? Reviews?

JGS Oct 29, 2009 01:42 PM

I've heard absolutely no buzz about this place.

How is it? Food, prices, ambience, sound level, etc.

Would it be suitable for a surprise birthday dinner. Do they have a private room or a quiet back room type situation.

Thank you.

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    emarcus Oct 29, 2009 02:15 PM

    First impressions:

    http://www.exploreli.com/restaurants/...

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      Scott_R Oct 29, 2009 02:18 PM

      There's a review here:
      http://eatinglongisland.com/index.php...

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        EZ Pass Oct 29, 2009 03:13 PM

        I have yet to read a negative review on Eating Long Island. It's unclear whether or not they pay for their meals, or whether they dine anonymously.

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          Scott_R Oct 29, 2009 04:36 PM

          Maybe their goal is to publish the places they like.

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        dtolman Oct 30, 2009 06:34 AM

        I haven't eaten there yet, but I've peaked in a few times, and the ambiance is certainly extraordinary - the best looking restaurant in Huntington.

        I wasn't blown away by the menu, but perhaps its executed perfectly. Its posted on there website - prices seemed reasonable.

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          dougnash Oct 30, 2009 06:49 AM

          I have not been there yet (I live in Huntington).

          Several people have I know said it is good.

          I looked at the menu, I want to go on a Wednesday night for the special "slow roasted suckling pig"

          Has anyone tried the "pig" yet???????????

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          TooLooseLaTrek Nov 3, 2009 11:45 AM

          Went a week ago and it was excellent.It was a Tuesday night so it wasn't that crowded.It's possible that it might be kind of crazy on the weekend.Food was very good and there are enough moderately priced dishes on the menu that you don't have to spend a fortune. Service was warm and attentive.The best part of the restaurant was the unique space. I think it was previosly an antiques store.On the 1st floor is a dining area and what looks to be a private room/wine cellar .The next level is the bar and lounge.We didn't have drinks here,but will be back soon to try the bar area.It is situated so that it is completely separate from the dining areas.There is another dining room on the 3rd floor.The design was very well thought out.It doesn't seem to have had a splashy opening considering it's celeb appeal(the chef worked for JLo and Mark Anthony) and it's very cool atmosphere. Highly recommend it.

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            Scott_R Nov 3, 2009 12:10 PM

            The NY Times just gave it a very good review:
            http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/01/nyr...

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              dougnash Nov 4, 2009 01:39 PM

              Ok, I went on Monday. As tooloose mentioned the floor plan is really nice.

              I ate at the bar like usual. The Bartender was very nice, good service and knowledgeable about the menu.

              I started with the octopus salad, which was very fresh and a little spicy to my enjoyment.

              Then came the beets salad, it was deconstructed and delicious.

              I went for the LI price fix deal, so I ordered the roasted chicken which was very juicy and the side of sautéed spinach was fabulous.

              For dessert the crème Brule was a cappuccino flavor which really finished the meal perfectly.

              I am actually going back this evening for the suckling pig, so I will let you know how that goes too.

              I would also like to mention on Monday nights they have an $18.00 wine deal (choice of 4, 2 reds, 2 white) which is basically a bottomless glass. I will definitely be back on a Monday for that one...

              This will be one of the best destinations in Huntington for dinner or just cocktails.

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