James Tchinnis is a man who feels happiest when he’s fed you a great meal…my kind of guy. Swallow, his newest restaurant in Huntington is the culmination of hard work and big dreams. He spent years at Manhattan’s French Culinary School, worked with top chefs and even started with a small French Bistro in Northport. Although the restaurant closed, James is not complaining, it’s where he met his wife Julie.
His vision for Swallow is to have a restaurant that is a “cozy, warm and happy” place for his guests. Although it’s a work in progress with ladders and boxes in every corner, already you can feel that he’s got it right. The menu will be American with a southern twist. For anyone who has spent some time in New Orleans you’ll get the vibe as soon as you enter. From the rustic brick walls, antique cabinets and crystal chandelier it has that French Quarter anything goes and everything is fun flavor to it.
James just “love, love loves” what he does and is psyched that he will be cooking in a kitchen that is open to the dining room where he can interact with diners and enjoy their delight in his culinary skills. Local fruits, veggies, seafood and liquor will be graciously served. He has beer and wine for his September opening and is planning on getting a full liquor license in the future.
In addition to daily specials, the menu offers such tantalizing items as fried green tomatoes with asiago, horseradish and mayo, fried chicken, biscuits, gravy and buttery greens, grilled salmon with black eyed pea corn compote and much more.
The menu is priced very reasonably with everything under $20. The jazz brunch with mimosas, shrimp and oysters sounds like just the ticket to relax with a group of good friends for a great time on a Sunday afternoon. In typical New Orleans fashion he will also be serving a late night menu until 1am. For the city that never sleeps that may not be considered late but for Huntington that is a gift for those who enjoy real food after most of the other kitchens close down.
Swallow is located at New York Avenue , Huntington NY 11743 ( where Kozy Kettle used to be)