All His Own
John’s Cafe has something special every night
“We enjoy making your meal just the way you like it,” says Chef Dennis DeBellis who has transformed John’s Cafe, this long-respected Woodbury eatery.
Having worked at John’s for 15 years, DeBellis bought it about a year ago and has left his own mark. It’s been known for its pasta dishes, made fresh, such as the Sunday Gravy Rigatoni, with meatballs and Italian sausage. No change there. It now serves mainly local dishes on a pared-down menu. Appetizers include mussels or smoked salmon.
A regular entree is the Roasted Atlantic Salmon, but he regularly adds seafood specials, such as striped bass or tuna. In addition, there’s flat-bread pizza—tomato, mozzarella, and basil pesto; and carmelized onion and goat cheese among them. He also offers steak and duck.
To keep people coming back, DeBellis instituted a BYOB night, with no corkage fees on Sundays and Mondays. Tuesday he offers a special takeout menu, and on Wednesdays, he offers a special pasta-tasting menu. “We have something special every night,” he says.
The cozy dining room seats 35. DeBellis graduated from the CIA and studied at the French Culinary Institute in Manhattan. He worked at the Mayflower and at the Inn on Lake Waramaug.
693 Main St. S.,
$$ Moderate - Expensive