Where to Eat in Cold Spring Harbor

Cold Spring Harbor - Dining depends upon the meal and the monetary means. The Gourmet Whaler, for example, offers lighter lunch fare, such as tacos, wraps, burgers, sandwiches, salads, and quesadillas. Sweetie Pies on Main, serving "fine coffee and incredible edibles," offers croissants, mini-pizzas, bagels, quiches, and salads, along with sweet-side satisfactions like muffins cookies, scones, and pastries with cappuccinos.

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Two restaurants offer more elegant selections.

Grasso's, the first, was established in 1994 and takes the diner "on a journey from a quaint 1850 town to a hip, New York-style restaurant and jazz club serving New American cuisine," according to its self-description.

Its menu includes appetizers of grilled hearts of artichoke and Prince Edward Island mussels; Gail's grilled peach and classic Caesar salads; grilled Atlantic salmon, chicken parmesan, and Long Island duck entrees; and Tartufo, gelato, tiramisu, and triple chocolate mousse cake desserts.

Harbor Mist, billed as "Cold Spring Harbor's finest steak, Italian, and seafood restaurant," is the second local upscale eatery. Its menu features clams on the half shell, mozzarella Caprese, Mediterranean salad, sesame seed encrusted yellowfin tuna, pork chops Michelle, filet mignon, and rack of lamb. Both restaurants have extensive wine lists.