Manhattanites should never fear leaving their own territory to experience something super delicious. Yes, NYC has some of the best food in the world, but so does it’s buddy to the east named Long Island. DOMA Land and Sea is one of those fabulous spots that are well worth the trip from NYC (30 minutes or less by car, 45 minutes by train) as you will find yourself completely stuffed upon your exit.
DOMA Land and Sea is located in Cedarhurst, known as one of the Five Towns out in Long Island. The convenience for anyone visiting from NYC is that the restaurant is located literally across from the Cedarhurst train station, which worked wonders for me on Saturday night given that it was snowing pretty badly.
Once I dusted off the snow off my jacket, I entered into a superbly warm and friendly environment, which was beautifully decorated from the entrance all the way to the back. Long Island locations tend to be a bit bigger than a lot of the hole in the wall types that Manhattan has, as parties of all occasions are thrown here so space is quite necessary. They accomplish that, but also provide an intimate atmosphere that works for a gathering of two so all are welcome.
One of the reasons why I was excited to try this place out is that their executive chef is Oscar Martinez (pictured right), who developed and launched The BBG in Williston Park, not too far away from DOMA. The BBG hands down was one of the best steakhouses we have ever been to (both in Long Island and New York City) so naturally I knew what I was getting into when I arrived with a friend on Saturday.
Before getting into the menu, something to note about DOMA Land and Sea is that it is a kosher restaurant. If you need brushing up on how that is different compared to other restaurants, click here. However, it shouldn’t really be a bother as everything that Chef Martinez created was beyond superb and I left feeling 6 months pregnant when I usually feel about 4.
The key words for dining at DOMA is: pace yourself. It’s a lot of food, and it’s all so good, but… pace yourself. Don’t eat too much bread (even though its delicious) and come on an empty stomach. That being said, here’s what you should eat.
Their Chicken Drum Pops were a great starter meal, as the drumettes come southern fried and paired well with a sweet and sour teriyaki sauce. If you are looking for a little spice and an alternative to a usual pizza slice, their Lamb Kebab Flatbread was AMAZING. The Thai roasted chili helped implement the heat in the flatbread, and made for an overall great dish.
The sushi options there run a muck, as you can have pretty much whatever kind you are looking for, and the presentation is television worthy as you just want to look at it but you also known damn well you want to taste it. Treat yourself to a Tuna Black Truffle, you won’t regret it one bit.
As for the entrees, why not go land… and sea with their phenomenal steak and fish options. The steak that is worth the dollar signs is their Tomahawk, which I recommend doing medium rare. Served with six different sauces to choose from, and going with a side of onion rings and mushrooms (hope you aren’t kissing anyone after), the Tomahawk’s juiciness is superb while cutting through it was just such a fun thing to do. An incredible entree for sure
As for the fish, try their Wild Sea Bass. It’s grilled whole, with a vegetable medley shoved inside, which helps elevate the flavor of the bass that much greater and made for a delicious dish. I really am not the biggest fish person, but Chef Martinez converted me and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to look back.
I don’t care how full you are, you are having dessert. And with that dessert, you will have their DOMA Donuts. I have no word to describe how awesome it is, when five big and fluffy donuts arrive on a stick and are complimented with Dark Chocolate Ganache, Apple Caramel and an Amaretto Cherry sauce for dipping. Don’t be a fool and order it. Bring them home, they are WORTH IT.
Anyways, DOMA Land and Sea is amazing, and you should book your reservation ASAP. For more information, click here.