Bin 56 - Huntington, NY
Located off the beaten path in Huntington, lies a cozy restaurant serving small plates with big flavors. I had never heard of Bin 56 before, but a Fashionable Foodie reader mentioned it to me and I put it on my list. It is right next door to Toast (which I have visited over 100x) but I had never noticed it before. Now it is a place I won’t soon forget.
Bin 56 opened in 2012 by Daniel Pedesich. The restaurant is extremely small with either communal tables or a couple of tables with seating for two. I was happy that we wound up getting a cozy table for two in the corner for our date night. Make sure to request this table if you are having a date night, otherwise you will be sitting with others – not so romantic.
The menu is tapas style (my favorite), which allowed us to try a number of dishes. In addition to the set menu which features everything from creating your own cheese plate to chicken wings and meatballs, Bin 56 also has a specials menu. There is such a great variety between the two menus that you will never run out of new dishes to try.
In addition to the tapas menu, Bin 56 also has a large wine menu. If wine is not your drink of choice, they also offer some cocktails and beer as well. I personally think there is no better combination than wine and tapas, so I went with the wine. Bin 56 has an amazing Malbec (available by the glass) that I highly recommend.
We started our meal with the Grilled Mediterranean Octopus special. Octopus can be one of those dishes that can be unsettling to look at. I must say that I am glad I have opened my horizons because this octopus dish was incredible! The octopus was so fresh, tender and had the perfect char. Combining the octopus with arugula brought in a wonderful pepper-y flavor and then the chef sweetened up the dish with a raspberry vinaigrette. I also loved the addition of the tomato. It was seasoned perfectly and brought in the perfect amount of acidity.
The second dish was heaven to me. I love lamb chops. It is one of my favorite dishes and when it is done right, there is nothing better. This lamb chop was one of my favorites of all time! The temperature was simply perfect. It was crispy and salty on the outside and tender and juicy in the middle. The mint pesto was a genius addition with the lamb, as mint and lamb create a wonderful balance of flavors. Last but not least were the potatoes. They were the best I have ever had! Crispy while still maintaining a soft center, and had the perfect amount of salt to them.
The third dish we had was the coconut shrimp. The shrimp were fried a beautiful golden brown but yet were so light and clean. The sweet chili sauce was a wonderful combination of sweet and spicy and served as the perfect dipping sauce to complete the dish.
Last but not least were the roasted beets. This dish was the perfect way to end the meal. I absolutely loved the pistachios with the beets and cannot remember the last time I even ate pistachios. Goat cheese and beets go hand and hand but the addition of orange infused honey really elevated the flavor of this dish. To top it all off, the mint flavor was unexpected and extremely refreshing.
Bin 56 is a seemingly unsuspecting restaurant from the outside, but once inside, diners are blown away by the flavor profiles. The chef really understands how to combine ingredients to create one of a kind dishes that are sure to please everyone’s palettes.