This is my favorite restaurant on Long Island. It is as close to culinary perfection as you can get on Long Island in terms of food, atmosphere, service and decor. If I had one last meal to eat before I died, it would be here.
The dining room is beautiful: romantic, elegant, refined and cozy without being pretentious or trying too hard. We were warmly greeted immediately by the maitre d’ who sat us at a spacious table overlooking the lake and the outdoor bonfire–a nice touch considering you can go outside and sit around the fire with your drinks.
Upon being seated they brought out some delicious, out-of the-oven, homemade bread. After bringing out cocktails and wine they served all of us a scrumptious Amuse-Bouche, which was a delightful surprise.
Although the dining room was packed, we received warm, prompt and professional service all night with several different people attending to the table. Most busy formal dining establishments would not be happy if you brought an 18 month old baby on a Friday night, however the staff at the Lake House made our son feel extremely comfortable and welcome all night.
We were all blown away by the food! The menu offers an eclectic array of high end new-American cuisine. For the appetizer we ordered the selection of artisinal cheeses and cured meats which included Iberico Bellota Ham, Saussison Sec, Foie Gras Mousse, Smoked Prosciutto Cheeses: Humboldt Fog Goat, Petit Basque, Brillat-Savarin Triple Crème Cow, and Bleu d’Auverne.
For the main course we split the Long Island duck breast and crisp leg confit with smoked bacon, wheat berry pilaf and pomegranate-pistachio glaze AND the porcini-crusted local wild striped bass filet with truffle smashed red potatoes, braised leeks, wild mushroom emulsion and a port reduction. Everything we ordered was absolutely amazing and perfectly executed! I wish that I could have licked my plate when I was finished!!
I would highly recommend The Lake House for a special occasion like an anniversary, birthday or romantic getaway. The prices are not cheap, but as I have mentioned in previously reviews, you get what you pay for!