I road my bike over to the strip (118 to 134 E. Park Ave.) where the fire occurred and I took some photos. These were all taken at noon – 9 hours after the fire was reported. As you can see in the photos, most of the building is completely torn down.
As noticed by fellow Long Beacher Eric Hutcheson, the USA Network TV show Royal Pains wrapped up a scene by the Dairy Barn @ 375 W Park Ave. According to TV.com, the show is about A down and out surgeon has a chance to redeem himself as a small town physician in the wealthy beach community of East Hampton, NY.
So the show takes place in East Hampton, but filmed in Long Beach? ahh miles apart in so many ways…. I have no idea when the episode will air, so if you want to see our local celebrity “Dairy Barn” on TV you’re on your own. Finding info on this show appears to be a royal pain in the neck, no pun intended. Of course I will post more info if I get any.
Rates remain the same as last year: $30, for a resident; $50 for resident family, $15 resident, senior citizen and physically challenged. The economy pass is $60 for 10 admissions; the daily pass is $10.
Non-residents pay $80 for individual; $100 for non-resident family; non-resident senior citizen, $30.
I actually feel bad for the Allegria. The season is near, but completion doesn’t appear so. The Allegria website says it’s opening June 16th; that is almost a month from when this photo was taken. I really want them to succeed. I know a lot of locals are against this type of development – it will bring tourists and traffic and blah blah blah. But you know what? I don’t care. It’s silly for Long Beach to not have a really nice hotel. Very silly. I like how bold the design is. It’s not just another beige building on the boardwalk. It will bring some life to the area and some money to the local businesses. I know one thing, I definitely want to stay there for a night just to check it out. Anybody at Allegria want to give me a discount?
What else is new. Even in a good economy the MTA finds ways to bleed it’s riders. A bad economy just gives the MTA a better excuse.
Today’s Newsday reports that the MTA will make service cuts including no weekend service to Freeport this summer. Freeport is one of the main branches that brings LIRR riders to Jones Beach (train to bus.) Does that mean more beachgoers will end up coming to Long Beach? Well not so fast.
Also from the article: Long Beach, Far Rockaway and Hempstead branches: One of two tracks between Valley Stream and Island Park on the Long Beach Branch will be out of service midday weekdays for a track-tie replacement program. Six eastbound midday Long Beach Branch trains will depart 26 minutes later, eight eastbound Far Rockaway Branch trains will depart up to 31 minutes later and seven Hempstead Branch trains (connecting at Jamaica) will depart up to 30 minutes later.
According to the article, the new schedule beings this Monday.
I didn’t say it was the best place in the world and I didn’t say it was the worst. I merely said that the food was a little bland. That is coming from somebody who eats steamed veggies and brown rice all the time. If it was bland for me, it would be extremely bland for somebody who doesn’t eat healthy. I also said to give them a chance because they’re a brand new restaurant.
I never said the menu was healthy, the owner told me. Monterey had a sign on the window before they opened that said “Healthy California cuisine” or something to that effect. That is why in my review I keep bringing up the “healthy food” aspect. Maybe the food is far from being desirable to those who eat breaded fish and french fries all the time. Monterey isn’t trying to be that type of place. They are going for something different. Eat some steamed broccoli once in a while and you will know what I mean.
Here is a summary of my review: 1. Hummus – good 2. Southern Asian Fusion “BBQ spring rolls” – they were fine, but not too many appetizer choices for non-seafood eaters. 3. Fllet mignon – good meat. cooked perfectly, but bland. 4. Seabass – cooked perfectly, but too sweet. too much sugar. 5. no dessert. 6. As far as being “healthy” that is what the owner told me. So I assumed everything on the menu was supposed to be “healthy” but we know that wasn’t the case.
Located at the former Corbin & Reynolds, Monterey opened their doors last Friday. My dad always told me never go to a restaurant the day it opens; that’s when they clean the dust off the pans. So I waited a few days and ended up going last night.
My wife and I were immediately greeted by the owner/manager. He seemed like a really nice guy and asked us for feedback since they’re still trying out the menu. Fair Enough. He also said how they’re focusing on healthy food and that Long Beach is the “test market” for what will be a local franchise.
The decor was very nice; not hip or trendy. It was cute and unique to the area. You can tell they spent a boat load of money on this place. The decor reminded me of a modern version of Coastal Grill – lots of blues, whites and wood.
On with the food:
So the waiter came and said they don’t have specials yet because they’re currently promoting the new menu. I thought that was a good idea. They have a lot to deal with getting the place going. The first thing they need to do is make sure the menu works before they go with the bells and whistles.
First came bread, butter and homemade hummus which was pretty good. The hummus was made with sundried tomatoes, oil and garlic. A good bread dip. It tasted healthy – no sugar or overuse of salt.
We weren’t in the mood for salad, so we decided to split an appetizer. Now since I don’t eat seafood (what kind of Italian am I?) my appetizer choices were limited. All but two of the appetizers were seafood based. We went with the Southern Asian Fusion which is a fancy way of saying “BBQ Chicken Spring Rolls”. They were good, but they took forever to come out of the kitchen. As soon as they did I didn’t even think about taste. They were a little greasy and deep fried – not the healthiest thing in the world for a place chanting “health”. They came with a cilantro sauce which was light and seemed tasty as I shoved the rolls down my throat.
For the main course I got a the filet mignon with spinach and mushrooms. Now there are two ways you can go about this dish: It was either healthy or bland. Since Monterey is a “healthy restaurant” I am leaning towards the healthy side, but I am sure most people will go with the later. The meat was cooked very well and was top notch. The spinach and mushrooms were healthy, but a little bland.. May I suggest a little garlic? I did like how everything tasted together and all the food seemed fresh and good quality.
My wife ordered the Sea Bass with brown rice. She said the fish was cooked to perfection, but it was too sweet as if they cooked it with sugar. She felt like she was eating dessert. She also said the brown rice was a little too bland. We eat brown rice all the time so she was hoping it would have been better since she had better.
Speaking of dessert, we didn’t order any. While waiting so long for our BBQ Chicken Spring Roll appetizer we ate too much bread.
So would I go back? Sure, why not. My wife and I generally eat healthy, so it was nice to go to a local place a few blocks away from our house where every item isn’t breaded. We are going to wait awhile for the food to be adjusted and time tested. Some of our meal was bland and there are ways to make healthy food taste great; we do it all the time at home. Monterey is a new place and they spent so much time & money getting it going, so it’s only fair to give them a chance. We didn’t see the manager/owner on our way out, so maybe he will read this and take my review as feedback.