December 06, 2006

Main Course

A Neighborhood Nosh in WHB

Looking for the perfect place to banish the wintertime blahs? Well, shake off the chill and look no further than Magic's Pub in the heart of Westhampton Beach.

This charming little bistro, located at 111 Main Street, has something for everyone. Sports buffs can enjoy plasma TV high-def viewing of their favorite games in the rear-room Artful Dodger, kids can grab a bacon cheeseburger and adults can choose from hearty entrees like chateaubriand, Maryland crab cakes, and fried scallops.

We recently visited Magic's (which is under new ownership) to take in some of the upgrades to both the food and the décor. The place did not disappoint: our friendly server started us off with a couple of Ketel cocktails. We then sampled an appetizer of artichoke hearts that were marinated in a tangy vinaigrette dressing ($6.50). Of course, no visit to Magic's would be complete without a taste of the chef's signature chili ($4.95). Order the side of chopped onions and grated cheddar cheese for extra zing. Burgers are popular here and are served on a toasted English muffin and sided with a zesty pickle and crunchy fries ($7.95-$10.95).

Following another round of drinks, we focused on Magic's entrée offerings. A dish of chopped steak smothered in onions and gravy ($15.95) appealed to one of the diners in our group. As a cousin of the humble hamburger, the substantial portion was enough for two and was pronounced a winner by all at the table. A version of surf & turf was also enjoyed with its crock of jumbo shrimp that was bathed in a butter/garlic sauce and sided with a perfectly grilled portion of filet mignon ($23.95).

Other recommended dishes: a simple but tasty portion of sautéed fresh local flounder ($17.95) found fans at the table. Also good were a pair of tender Maryland crab cakes ($18.95).

It's a good idea to order a few sides and share them, steakhouse-style. We enjoyed the crispy onion rings and macaroni and cheese for the child in our group. Speaking of kids, there are plenty of choices to keep your little ones happy. Our three-year-old dug into a mini cheese pizza and for dessert, a yummy bowl of raspberry sorbet.

We finished the meal with a sampling of locally-made smooth-as-silk Holy Moses cheesecake ($6.95).

It's nice to know that a place like Magic's exists in our East End neighborhood. It's a great spot to meet for a couple of beers and Monday Night Football, a quiet gathering of friends or a family night out with the kids. Magic's also serves brunch on Saturday and Sunday with menu items like eggs Benedict, French toast, steak and eggs and specialty omelets.

Magic's Pub, 111 Main St.

Westhampton Beach — 288-6105

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