Wild Honey’s interior was bathed in sunlight the day I dined there, but I got the definite impression that the warmth is there no matter the time or weather.
Located a short walk from the Oyster Bay Marine Center and Sagamore Yacht Club, the restaurant is decorated in brick, wood, and outdoorsy accents, including a bright and beautiful butterfly painting. There’s outdoor seating when weather permits.
We visited at lunch, where the menu is casual but the service was attentive. We started off with an appetizer of creamy hummus, crispy pita chips, and a generous amount of marinated picholine and Nicoise olives. Other appetizers include littleneck clams on the half shell, Pine Island oysters on the half shell, Caesar salad, spinach and truffle baked oysters, and goat cheese ravioli.
I ordered the grilled pineapple salad without cheese from the day’s specials, while my dining companion chose the eight-ounce Black Angus beef burger and French fries. The salad had an abundance of the still-juicy fruit bearing just enough of the heat-infused taste. The burger was cooked just as requested and comes adorned with lettuce, tomato, and cheddar cheese. The crispy fries had just the right crunch. Other entrées were a poached chicken breast Cobb salad, a fish salad featuring a fish of the day, a salmon tostada, and pappardelle Bolognese.
Lunch is served Tuesdays through Fridays and dinner is served every night starting at 5:00 pm (Sundays at 4:30 pm). The dinner menu is different but also has enticing offerings. There are some gluten-free and vegetarian options, but vegans will have to order “without” to cobble together a meal (except that the three-course price fixe Sunday special has a farm stand vegetable plate). The restaurant has an extensive wine list to accompany the meal as well as cordials and dessert wines.
The walnut biscotti on the dessert menu was a delightful change from cakes and tarts, although the lure of those was great — the flourless Venezuelan chocolate cake, the Heath Bar cappuccino ice cream cake, and the Georgia peach crisp made with a Nilla wafer crumble all competed for my taste buds’ attention. An enticement like that is another part of what makes Wild Honey such a warm place.
1 East Main Street