Some issues are price holding on to. That’s why Huntington resident Nick Voulgaris III saved Kerber’s Farm. When the 80-year-old property was in decline in 2013, Voulgaris remembered his personal childhood visits there together with his mother and resolved to protect the two-acre gem, to the delight of locals. It now serves as “a bit of oasis for individuals to come back and get a style of farm life,” says Voulgaris.
Kerber’s, which recollects Huntington’s previous as an unlimited expanse of potato farms and sprawling arable land, is in some ways a becoming image for the city itself—a spot each respectful of its roots and forward-looking. That good balancing act extends to the combination of younger households with young children and enormous housing inventory occupied by residents who’ve known as Huntington dwelling for many years, in line with Voulgaris. (His personal mother and father have lived right here for the previous 47 years.)
Voulgaris isn’t stunned that his hometown appeals to various demographics. In spite of everything, Huntington is among the space’s main cultural facilities, he says. With its vibrant downtown, “it’s the epicenter of Lengthy Island—a bit of Manhattan, if you’ll.” —Katey Clifford
Pancho Villa’s (31 New York Ave., 631.549.0022) is virtually a Huntington landmark. Voulgaris has been an everyday since highschool. Their scorching fajitas are improbable, and other people crave their rooster soup year-round.
One other of his favorites is Besito Mexican (402 New York Ave., 631.549.0100 ) for the contemporary guacamole made tableside. And don’t miss the pomegranate margaritas. They’re equally good as a cocktail and a mocktail.
BACK AT THE FARM
Voulgaris was given the chance to protect Kerber’s Farm (309 W. Pulaski Rd., 631.423.4400) on the situation that he restore it and honor its legacy—and he has.To go to Kerber’s is to be transported again to the Nineteen Forties, he says, albeit with a couple of refreshingly trendy updates. They’ve expanded their inventory to incorporate an natural vegetable backyard with tomatoes, eggplants, and contemporary herbs. And since Voulgaris has a ardour for sustainability, they’ve branched into beekeeping, promoting their very own uncooked honey.
The cruelty-free farm is dwelling to 200 free-range chickens, two pigs, two goats, and a few pet geese. Building of an outside ice skating rink is underway. House cooks should buy The Kerber’s Farm Cookbook, stuffed with recipes from the shop and suggestions for rising your personal produce.
SAFE AT HARBOR
Rising up near the water instilled a love for the outside in Voulgaris. He was raised on visits to Huntington Harbor, fishing behind the outdated firehouse and crusing in Huntington Bay. Only a stone’s throw away is Chilly Spring Harbor’s Billy Joel Park. Decide up a espresso to take pleasure in whereas watching the boats go by, he suggests.
Heckscher Park (Prime Ave. and Rte. 25A) is one other well-loved spot. Right here you’ll discover bocce courts, tennis courts, a sculpture backyard, and strolling paths surrounding Heckscher Pond. Close by and effectively price a go to are the Heckscher Museum of Artwork (2 Prime Ave., 631.380.3230) and the Chapin Rainbow Stage (2 Prime Ave.). One other noteworthy spot is the Cinema Arts Centre (423 Park Ave., 631.423.7611). It’s a must-visit for followers of impartial movies.
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