Grand Opening Of The Cuban 1136

We attended the official Grand Opening and ribbon cutting ceremony of Patchogue’s latest restaurant – The Cuban. The 200-seat eatery is located just west of Brickhouse Brewery, as part of the The Shoppes At New Village, with doors on both Main Street and inside the New Village complex. The Patchogue location is actually the second, with owner Willy Martinez having opened the first in Garden City.

The first thing you will notice when you walk in is the decor: bold pinks and turquoises, big potted palm trees, painted portraits of old time Santiago de Cuba, and even some 1950s era Cadillacs parked out front.   It is mostly the work of artist Ivan Gonzalez and Mirian Estrada, the wife of Mr. Martinez, who were the main forces behind the interior. They went above and beyond, bringing together old iconic props, wall sized paintings, elegant lighting, and details like handmade wood frames and worn paint textures. The result is truly stunning. Mayor Pontieri, who was also in attendance, felt the same way, telling us “It really is amazing with they did with the place, it looks great.”

The second thing you will notice: the size. This place is big! There are two main dining rooms and a large section of tables near the bar. A stage sits at the front of the larger dining room, where patrons watched and listened to the DJ playing Cuban dance music, or the singers performing Latin ballads in-between sets. As we watched as one performer sing a personal serenade to two women, it was all very reminiscent of a high class supper club from the 1950s.

With a menu serving authentic Cuban cuisine and speciality rum cocktails, the Cuban experience is truly complete. There is even a selection of tapas for small snacking. We won’t run down the entire menu or spoil the fun of trying it yourself, but we will say the food was amazing. Make sure to try their Mojito, which has been named one of Long Island’s best, and with good reason.

The Cuban is now open for brunch, lunch, dinner, and of course drinks!

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Annual Charity Car Show, Food and Toy Drive Scheduled for November 10th 24

The Brookhaven Youth Bureau is teaming up with All Suffolk Car Clubs to present their Annual Charity Car Show, Food and Toy Drive on Sunday, November 10 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This annual event is sure to be fun for the entire family, as club members will be displaying their cars at Brookhaven Town Hall, One Independence Hill in Farmingville, to raise donations for families in need through the Youth Bureau’s INTERFACE Program.

Attendees are asked to bring non-perishable food items to contribute to the Thanksgiving Food Drive and new, unwrapped toys for children to open during the holiday season. Last year’s event raised $2,900 for turkeys and 1,500 pounds of non-perishable food, along with more than $20,000 worth of toys. Admission is free and cash donations are accepted. There will be no judging of the vehicles and trophies will not be rewarded. Free hot dogs and beverages will be served and there will be live music and entertainment throughout the day. The event is rain or shine. For further information, please call Maxine at 516-658-1977 or Steve at 631-224-9517.

INTERFACE is a partnership between individuals, good corporate neighbors and the Town of Brookhaven in a common effort to provide help to Brookhaven’s less fortunate residents. It provides goods and services to those in need and addresses local social issues. There are approximately 150 corporations, not-for-profit agencies and community and fraternal organizations that make up INTERFACE. To learn more about the Town’s INTERFACE Program, visit or call 631-451-8026.

Dress for Success Donates Clothing to Boots on the Ground for Veterans in Need 109

On November 1st, Supervisor Ed Romaine (pictured on the right below) and Sharon Boyd, Executive Director of Dress for Success Brookhaven (pictured on the left below) announced that Dress for Success Brookhaven will donate women’s clothing to “Boots on the Ground,” a not-for-profit humanitarian aid and charitable organization dedicated to empowering veterans and qualified civilians. “Boots on the Ground” provides in-field emergency and primary medical care, and other assistance required to sustain life, facilitate recovery, and to encourage and promote long-term development, stability, and peace in underserved areas of the world. The clothing will be distributed to “Boots on the Ground” on November 7th.

Dress for Success is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the developmental tools to help them thrive in work and in life. Established in 1999 with the support of the Town of Brookhaven, the Division of Women’s Services and more than 50 volunteers, Dress for Success Brookhaven has been instrumental in helping more than 6,000 women achieve their goal of becoming self-sufficient and economically independent. For more information about Dress for Success Brookhaven, visit or call 631-451-9127.

More About Dress for Success

Founded in New York City in 1997, Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization offering services designed to help clients find jobs and remain employed. Each Dress for Success client receives one suit when she has a job interview and can return when she finds work to receive a week’s worth of clothing. Brookhaven was the first affiliate to be established as part of the worldwide non-profit organization. The women we serve come from across Long Island. They are job ready women who have been referred by over 250 local non-profit organizations, including domestic violence agencies, veterans’ organizations, homeless shelters and job training programs.

Their mission is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Dress for Success Brookhaven is sponsored by the Town of Brookhaven Department of Housing and Human Services, Division of Women’s Services.

The Dress for Success Boutique is located at Brookhaven Town Hall, One Independence Hill in Farmingville. It is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and on selected Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  All client visits are by appointment only. Donations of clothing and other items can be made on Mondays from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and on the third Saturday of every month from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.



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