The Friday night before Memorial Day is a great opportunity to get together with family and friends and celebrate the unofficial start of summertime and more importantly the start of a long weekend. My family and myself chose to kick off our summer in style with a great meal at “COPPERHILL” in Williston Park Long Island. “COPPERHILL” is a 1904 farmhouse that under owners Greg and Bari Kearns has become a staple, as well as a powerhouse in the Nassau County food scene. As soon as you enter, it quickly becomes obvious why this restaurant is garnering so much attention and rave reviews. A heavy emphasis has been placed on attention to detail, as you will be hard pressed to find one fork or napkin out of place. It gives the diner a feel that they are in not just for a great meal, but for a great experience as well. Perhaps the best aspect of the decor is that it embraces its farmhouse roots, with a modern farmhouse flair that goes perfectly with the location. The staff is extremely personable and friendly, dressed very chic in their outfits which has also had a heavy emphasis in attention to detail placed on it. As soon as you enter, the staff makes it a point to make you feel special and they maintain that feel throughout the entire dining experience. I would highly recommend arriving early for your reservation so you have an opportunity to check out their beautiful bar and try some of their specialty cocktails. The “beast of burden” was a personal favorite of mine. A modern take on a Moscow Mule, the “beast of burden” is Tito’s vodka, lime, ginger and a splash of club soda. It is refreshing and a perfect summertime cocktail that kicks off your “COPPERHILL” dining experience beautifully. The expansive cocktail list is sure to satisfy all the members of your party who wish to indulge in a little pre dinner boozing!
As soon as you sit down at your table, the wait staff presents you with a gorgeous bread and butter plate that is unlike any I have had elsewhere. It is amazing to think that something so simple as bread and butter can be so delicious, the reasoning for that is because “COPPERHILL” makes their bread fresh for each table upon the parties arrival. It sets a delicious tone for the meal you are about to enjoy, (my family actually asked for another round of bread, after the first was quickly devoured.) As you are presented with a menu, and you give it the once over, you will most definitely have questions. Some of the ingredients on the menu are not the typical “wonder bread” and ‘Skippy peanut butter” you usually purchase at your local grocery store. As the waiter answers your questions about the menu, you begin to realize that many of the items are some of your favorites, just tweaked and done a little bit differently. This offers a great opportunity to be introduced to new foods and/or ingredients while still not straying far from your comfort zone. The menu is broken down into 3 tiers. Snacks and small plates. Appetizers. Entrees. Depending on the size of your party I would highly recommend trying at least 2 options from each tier, as they all offer many unique and delicious options. Our choices from the first tier included the the “Warm marinated olives” the “Poutine in short rib gravy” and the “devils on horseback” As the 3 plates arrived at the table we knew we made the right choices! The warm marinated olives went perfectly with the warm fresh bread that was put out when we first sat down at the table. The poutine is an American take on a dish that is a Canadian staple that I first had the pleasure of trying in its native country in Toronto. It is made up of fries, covered in cheese (cheese curds in Canada) and gravy with short rib on top. “COPPERHILL” has done an excellent job making the Canadian dish their own, as each layer of poutine just seemed more delicious than the last. Our final plate from tier 1 was the “devils on horseback” which was a menu item that sparked a lot of questions to our excellent waiter Lauren. She explained that the dish consisted of dates, wrapped in bacon and stuffed with cheese. All of our first tier menu items were delicious!
Our tier 2 choices were more of a traditional appetizer but only in size, as “COPPERHILL” provides an alternative take on traditional items. The “ramen carbonara” was the first of our orders from tier 2 and perhaps my favorite dish of the night overall. Ramen is a pasta that is most famous in Japan. In America when people think of it the first thing that comes to their mind is those “cup of noodle” soups that you find in “Costco” in packages of 100. “COPPERHILL” takes that opinion of ramen in your mind, smashes it and rebuilds it with a delicious dish that has the pasta paired with bacon, pepper, peas and pecorino. It is this creativeness that puts “COPPERHILL” on another level. The second plate from tier 2 that we ordered was the “Jumbo lump crab toast with lemon aioli” This massive piece of toast arrived, piled high with crab and topped off with a delicious aioli. The surprising aspect of this dish for me, was how the toast almost wrestled away the stardom from the crab. When you order ‘Jumbo lump crab toast” you expect the star of the plate to naturally be the crab, however the toast was so delicious that it actually made it a competitive battle. By the time the first two tiers were complete we knew we would be frequenting this restaurant a lot more often! That is when our third and final tier arrived. The entrees, The two that were presented to us were the “skirt steak, baby yukon, kale, manchego” and the “lamb loin, merguez, flageolet beans, mint labne”…..I know I know, ask Lauren she will be happy to fill you in! The two dishes were delicious. The skirt steak was cooked perfectly and the potatoes and sauce that accompanied were a wonderful pairing with the meat. The lamb which was paired with the beans, made for a great duo that had everyone at the table raving! From the moment you walk in the door at “COPPERHILL”, everything just seems to work in symphony with everything else. The food is delicious, the decor is welcoming and the staff is friendly and personable. It becomes instantly obvious why “COPPERHILL” is dominating the Nassau County food scene with no end in sight. The menu is seasonal so new options are frequently added to keep things fresh and new. I highly recommend dining at “COPPERHILL” as it is more of an experience than just a night out for dinner.
2207, 234 Hillside Avenue, Williston Park, NY 11596