If you’ve ever wondered what chefs cook in the comfort of their own homes, just pop into Barrow Food House.
At this cozy Aquebogue restaurant, you aren’t just eating meals created by chefs Kyle Romeo and Amanda Falcone, you’re dining on the first floor of their home. Romeo and Falcone moved their domestic space upstairs and turned their commute to work into a trip down a flight of stairs to the restaurant, which opened this summer.
A restaurant was always part of the plan when they bought the well-worn 1850s farmhouse four years ago. They tore it down and rebuilt it themselves in the same style, retaining a few original wooden beams upstairs for decoration. They added a giant chef’s kitchen, pressed tin tiles, a beautiful wraparound mahogany bar (built by Romeo with help from his woodworking uncle) and a basement with a custom walk-in refrigerator.
With Falcone’s family farm so close, they bring the produce over themselves so it’s always as fresh as can be. Meat is thoughtfully sourced upstate or from the duck farm down the road, but the restaurant is rich on veggies and grains. The name Barrow Food House implies a farm-fresh wheelbarrow and the restaurant sign features a farmer’s spade and chef’s knife.
Overall, the brunch- and lunch-focused menu is healthy casual, with lots of sandwiches (roast pork with fig chutney mayo, bean/mushroom burger), a seared duck breast plate or dishes like grain salad with quinoa, mungbean, green mango, scallion, tamari sunflower seeds and cashew avocado crema. The space also boasts a cocktail bar.