Following a revitalization of the former Marine Dining Room at the West Bathhouse at Jones Beach, Long Island’s newest premier oceanfront dining and special occasion venue Gatsby on the Ocean has emerged and celebrated its official grand opening today with a ribbon-cutting on the East Patio.
Joe Vitrano, J&B Restaurant Partners president, Dawn Petite, chief operating officer and officials of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, were on hand to welcome attendees and provide a first look at the elegant, sophisticated second floor venue with unsurpassed views of the Atlantic Ocean. Among the dignitaries at the ribbon cutting were Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor Joseph Saladino, and Philip A. Berdolt, Suffolk County Parks, Recreation and Conservation commissioner. Champagne and passed hors d’oeuvres were served to all of the guests.
“We are thrilled to bring the state’s vision to life for this exquisite property with Gatsby on the Ocean,” commented Vitrano. “Our concept was carefully curated to highlight the 1930s aesthetic while offering an exceptional culinary and social experience. We look forward to welcoming Long Islanders to this premier oceanfront destination, whether it’s for a casual lunch, dinner or a grand wedding or private event.”
“We are excited that J&B Restaurant Partners is our partner and opening the Gatsby on the Ocean Restaurant and Catering Facility,” said George Gorman, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation regional director. “They have presented an exciting vision and have put together a great team and an outstanding menu, as well as, expanded operating hours and services, which will serve our park visitors and their customers well.”
Originally opened in 1931, the West Bathhouse is steeped in Robert Moses-era history, which has been incorporated into the design of Gatsby on the Ocean. Complete with art deco touches and furnishings reminiscent of a bygone time period, the 5,500 square- foot interior comfortably seats up to 260 people, with exterior patios offering breathtaking views for 75 guests. Gatsby on the Ocean also features a bridal suite and groom’s lounge, which may serve as a private dining or event locale for up to 20 attendees. Adding to the historical charm are acknowledgements of the venue’s previous use – the bridal suite once served as Robert Moses’ personal office and the groom’s lounge was his conference room.
The menu at Gatsby on the Ocean features the freshest artisanal ingredients with dishes prepared new American culinary style. Once a week, on Thursdays, guests can enjoy an empire state dining experience via its New York State of Mind menu, which highlights fresh local NY ingredients. In addition, Gatsby on the Ocean has an extensive wine list with a selection from New York State wineries and its own craft beer, Gatsby Golden Ale, brewed by Patchogue Beer Project. The kitchen at Gatsby on the Ocean is led by Andrew Helliwell, a classically trained executive chef, formerly of The Mansions at Glen Cove, who blends his deep culinary experience in restaurant and catering functions with eclectic menu creation.
Gatsby on the Ocean is located at 2000 Ocean Parkway in Wantagh, across from Field Three at Jones Beach (West Bathhouse.) It is open daily for lunch and dinner and reservations are highly recommended.