Grand Opening Of The Cuban 546

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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May the Road Rise to Meet Ye 5k & St Patrick’s Day Parade 41

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be Sunday, March 17

Patchogue’s Parade is unique in that it starts with the annual running of the May the Road Rise to Meet Ye 5k at 11:55am with the parade following immediately.

Click Here to register for the 5k

Or download registration form

This years Grand Marshal is Paula Murphy. Paula is the Chair of our Foundations’ Beautification Committee, among many community endeavors.

The Parade runs along Main Street from Route 112 east to West Avenue.

If you are interested in entering the parade, click here for terms and registration form 

The parade is run by the Village of Patchogue Parks & Recreation Department.


United Methodist Church Awarded Sacred Site Grant 103

The United Methodist Church of Patchogue was among 16 historic religious properties in New York to receive a Sacred Site grant from the New York Landmarks Conservancy. The New York Landmarks Conservancy awarded $65,500 in Sacred Sites Grants to the Long Island congregations to pay for damage assessments and repairs. Five churches across Long Island, many built back in the 1800s, will receive funds to restore their properties. These five grants were underwritten by new Conservancy supporter the Robert David Lion Foundation. The grants went to the United Methodist Church of Patchogue (1890), Bethel A.M.E. Church in Setauket (1909), St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Northport (1873), First Congregational Church in Riverhead (1836), and First Congregational Church in Southold (1803)

The United Methodist Church, located at 10 Church Street, received a $20,000 grant to help fund window, roof, masonry and waterproofing repairs. The building is a Romanesque Revival brick structure designed by Oscar S. Teale and built in 1889. It has opal stained-glass rose windows by Tiffany Brothers Studios. The church — the second-oldest Methodist church on Long Island — was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.

“Long Island’s long history is reflected in its religious architecture. Religious buildings anchor communities providing a sense of history and place. They are among our most important landmarks,” said Peg Breen, President, The New York Landmarks Conservancy. “Preserving them also allows congregations to continue to offer social service and cultural programs to their communities.”

The New York Landmarks Conservancy is a private nonprofit that helps preserve significant architecture around the state. The conservancy has loaned and granted more than $50 million over 45 years, according to its website.

Since 1986, the Conservancy’s Sacred Sites program has aided more than 750 congregations across New York with grants totaling $12 million, according to a news release. These grants have contributed to more than $740 million in total restoration projects. The program is one of a few in the country aiding landmark religious institutions and the only one assisting an entire state.


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