It may be best known for its delicious pastas and sauces, but it was Vine Street Cafe’s pastrami ribs, which the eatery began serving last fall, that got Bon Appétit magazine calling.
The food glossy features the Shelter Island restaurant’s rib recipe in its February 2016 issue.
“One of our customers actually wrote to Bon Appétit, suggesting they write an article about the pastrami ribs,” explained Vine Street Café chef and owner Terry Harwood. “Bon Appétit contacted me and I handed over the recipe. They really did their homework, testing the recipe, doing a lot of fact-checking and interviewing. I was honored and exhilarated that they dedicated an entire page.”
The dish is a recipe for broiled pork spareribs which includes a special rub that when cooked gives a pastrami-like flavor to the ribs.
“The ribs become completely tender during the initial cooking, then are crisped under the broiler before serving.” Bon Appétit states in the article.
If you want to try the real thing, Vine Street offers the dish as its Thursday night Plat du Jour.
“It really gave us a boost in business on that night,” Harwood said. “Now we’re going to keep them going year round.”
The restaurant also sells a retail version of the ribs in its market and Harwood says he may even feature them on the restaurant’s food truck come this spring.
Vine Street Café is open for dinner Thursday through Sunday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. It is located at 41 South Ferry Road. For reservations or more information call (631) 749-3210 or visit vinestreetcafe.com.