LINKS LOG CABIN ... Fine Steaks, Lobster, $1 burgers and fries!!!.. Centerport, NY

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LINKS LOG CABIN… Fine Steaks and $1 burgers and fries …… Centerport, New York

 

Boy do Suzanne & Brian Asher have great memories and stories to share!!!

 

There was this great restaurant in Centerport. It was called Links Log Cabin.  Here during the 50’s and probably before and after that,  people from all over the island would come to enjoy a great dinner here in Centerport!  It was a very popular place, and you would usually have to wait on line to get in!!!  Our family went to Links when we came out to Centerport to “Visit” our home being built on Mallard Cove.   My Dad would get his traditional burger, while my Mom would chow down on a big lobster and suck every morsel out of that baby!!!  (Currently at this spot there are condos.  The development is called “Courtyard Circle”)

 

Brian’s brother Randy worked there for a time.  Randy went for a job at Links and  they asked if he could open clams.  He said “sure” (he was a pro at opening clams because Brian was a clam digger as he made his way thru Harvard and younger brother Randy was his cull boy/helper!)… and he was immediately hired for the job in the kitchen.  When he showed the head of the kitchen how fast and efficient he was at opening clams, he was so proud, only to have the boss say it wasn’t right!? What do you mean I didn’t do it right?  Yea kid, you gotta do it this way....  He cut the clam in half, and put a half on each clam shell half!!!   At this restaurant, they took one clam and cut it in half!!!!  So much for old fashioned “value”……… and who in their right mind who is eating clams actually LOOK at the clam they are about to eat it???!!! 

 

Still in all, this was a fun place to go to eat……… and even tho they skimped on the clams, the burgers were THE BEST!!!!  

 

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I remember black and green olives with celery and carrotts on the table to snack before dinner arrived

June 19, 2011 01:29 AM #2
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Suzanne Asher

I love seeing the responses to my posts!!!

Links was quite a place!!! This really jogs my memory!!!

Thanks!

Suzanne

June 20, 2011 07:06 AM #3
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Steve Bouchier

Growing up in syosset, I remember going with my family to Link's Log Cabin.  We usually went on Sunday's and it was packed with people.  I remember many times waiting an hour or two just to get in.  If I remember correctly, their meals were served "family style".  You got every thing for one price(appetizer. soup, salad, etc).

When I was in high school, I worked at Lazar's Continental Restaurnat as a bus boy.  Lazars's was next to Link's on a lake. It was a more expensive place, however, we would get the "over flow" from Link's at certain times. We had live music and dancing on Friday and Saturday nights.  We, also, did a fair amount of weddings which made for very long days and nights as the kitchen didn't close until 11:00 pm and the lounge closed at two in the morning.

Fond memories of Link's and Lazar's!

September 05, 2011 11:18 AM #4
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Michael Mesmer
I remember big stuffed animal heads on the walls, was that correct? A moose head, deer, etc. Fun to read the memories above, too -- thanks!
September 27, 2011 12:47 AM #5
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scott omundsen

i grew up in syosset and i have many fond memories of going to links.  the rustic log cabin look with the many deer and moosehead on the walls reminded me of sagamore hill. the celery, carrot, olives, green onions and radishes plate that started off your meal with the best biscuits i ever had was amazing. but they had a clam bisque that was fabulous. i would love to have that clam bisque recipe

October 29, 2011 12:20 PM #6
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Randy H
So many great memories at Links Log Cabin. Mom and Dad would always have cocktails at the bar and my brothers and I got the cheese and crackers, the crocks full of cheddar cheese on the bar. I alway had the chopped sirloin dinner and couldn't wait for the strawberry shortcake for dessert! I remember we had to take turns saying it was our birthday to get a free birthday cake. Lots of fun playing with the cubes of sugar on the table too. It was probably the late 60's when we went. It was a long ride from Floral Park back then.
November 12, 2011 06:47 PM #7
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Suzanne Asher

Thanks again for your many responses to my blog about LINKS LOG CABIN.  I now have a web site, HuntingtonThenAndNow.com and it will be up and running VERY SOON!!!  Probably first of December!

I grew up in Centerport and have lived in Huntington Township for over 50 years!  My Husband and I are top realtors here and so love the area and all the memories it holds for us!!!!

This week I discovered a MENU from LINKS...... it is really fun!!!  If any of you would like a copy I could either send/e-mail it!!!!  Let me know!

Suzanne

November 13, 2011 08:16 AM #8
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Vera Giasi

I had to write something about that wonderful restaurant. Aii those fantastic memories. I loved their creamed seafood dish and would love the recipie. I loved their martines with the dividend . We all who went there will never forget that place.

November 13, 2011 10:53 AM #9
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Robert B

Hello Suzanne!

   Funny, taking a trip down Memory Lane and thought of Link's. Googled it and up popped your blog! I am 44 and

went there often with my folks in the 70's (grew up in Farmingdale). Certainly remember eating there and that

it was on a long curve/hill (which I soon learned was 25A Centreport when I started driving)...remember vaguely

the interior and the tableware, etc...boy, it was a long time ago! I would LOVE a copy of one of their old menu's;

wow, I want to see what that rattles in the old brain! I will also definitely check out your new website when it is

up and running, it sounds interesting.

 

   Can't wait to see that old menu! Thanks very much for the great blog and the smile it brought.

Robert B

November 13, 2011 10:31 PM #10
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Suzanne Asher
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I will send you the menu..... You can e-mail me at sasher@signaturepremier.com.  Send your address and I'll pop the menu in the mail!!!!!  Thank you for your enthusiasm about my blog!!!!!

 

November 14, 2011 08:05 AM #11
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Robert, could you please send me your address AGAIN so I can send the menu?

Thanks!  Suzanne

 

November 19, 2011 08:18 AM #12
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Allison Morvay
Wonderful memories! Many Sunday family dinners there... The biscuits were amazing. Living out of NY for many years now--fond memories of growing up in Huntington and Links. Would love if you could email a copy of the menu to amorvay@cox.net. Thx!
January 15, 2012 05:26 AM #13
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Suzanne Asher
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I will be happy to send you a copy of an OLD menu!!!  Just let me know where to send it!!!

Thanks!  Suzanne

March 31, 2012 07:35 PM #14
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Mike

Great old memories, of going to links on Sundays, in 1964-65 while the

 house was being built in east northport,I am 53 now and loved the cucumber

  salad, and our nana stealing all the bisquits in her purse, remeber sitting outside

 "party of six Salatore" wow we went all the way to mid 70"s, then rush home to

  watch  Ed Sullivan at 8. I miss those great family days, great site !!!

    would pay for an old menu.

 

                                                                     Mike.

March 31, 2012 07:38 PM #15
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Paul (summer vacations in Northport as a kid)

Ate there several times with my parents.  Also at Guide's across the street.  The chicken pot pies at Link's were awesome.  I do remember going there once during a rainstorm when the roof leaked onto our table.  The place was so jammed that no other tables were available.  Never went back after that.

April 17, 2012 01:48 PM #16
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Scott Wages

Thank you Suzanne for bringing back such great memories of Link's.  We frequented it in the 70's as I grew up (Muttontown), and I remember how sad I was when it burned down (partly, at least).  How's this for a ditty; "Eggs a'la Russe"?  I have never before, or since, seen boiled eggs and Russian Dressing referred to as such, even though I often mix the two as a snack.  Heck, most of the country calls "Russian" "Thousand Island" anyway, so I suppose it was rather of a colloquialism at best.  Thanks for your blog, and I would LOVE a copy of the menu.  Be well.  Scott W.

June 17, 2012 02:06 AM #17
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Suzanne

Scott, in order to get you the menu, please e-mail me at sasher@signaturepremier.com

I will forward the two pages to you!!!  Have a great day!!!

June 17, 2012 04:07 AM #18
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Steve Lord

My parents would take our Huntington family to Links in the 60's. We loved it.

In 1971 as an 18 year old I drove taxi in Huntington for a raunchy cab company called Coop Cab. We would call-in our fares to the dipatcher. "Number 4, To Sears on two" meant: Taxi driver 4 going to Sear's Shopping Center with two passengers, and "To the rail on one, with." meant: to the Huntington Station Train Station with one passenger with luggage.

One night I picked up fares at Links. These were the busboys and dish washers - Hatian? Cuban? Wonderfully friendly, joking small built-men. They wanted to get their train. They asked - how many can you take? (My cab could hold 4 max.) I asked - how many can you fit in? When I called-in to my dispatcher - "Number 24, to the rail on 8." I heard "WHAT!?"

We nine were laughing all the way to the station.  

 

 

September 01, 2012 02:32 PM #19
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jed schaiman

I remember going to links , I guess sometime in the 50's or early 60s. We lived in Hicksville and it was a big deal. Always people waiting to get in. My mother would have a lobster and suck every piece of meat out of it. I don't remember what my dad, myself or brother had. However I do remember that the utensils never matched and I think the plates never matched either.  I wonder why they went out of business? There always seemed to be plenty of customers. Also, close by, my dad and I used to rent a rowboat and he would bring his sears outboard motor and we went from a place called Axels in Huntington harbor.

Times seemed simplier then.

January 31, 2013 09:28 PM #20
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eddie

I dreamt about Link's last night and figured I would google it. My Father Pete was  the only "butcher" or meat cutter there from about 1955 to 1973. I was born in 1963 so I was young when visiting with my ad. We usually went in the Huge back door/stairs to the kitchen. All the people there were nice. Only been in the dining area a few times though. There was alot of "red" i remember (?). Too bad there isn't anymore on it.

Saw the owner Meyer died in 2000. That's about it. I would love to get ahold of an old menu or something.

June 17, 2013 11:49 AM #21
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