HUNTINGTON, New York, September 25
BY: Andrew Wroblewski
With 16 years of experience in the restaurant industry, Alexander Tchernikov is no stranger to food. In fact, after working as the sous chef for New York City restaurants like Eleven Madison Park, Aquagrill and TAO Uptown, it’s safe to say that Tchernikov, 39, is no stranger to good food either; and he’s bringing it to Huntington.
Imperial Meat Company (IMC) – an “American steakhouse” specializing in quality meat cuts – is set to become the newest addition to Main Street’s slew of restaurants when it opens up in the coming weeks.
“I think we have really great potential; it’s a really good area,” Tchernikov said of Huntington, which he regards as the “restaurant capital” of Long Island’s north shore.
The owner and chef of Imperial Meat Company believes it will be his food that sets the restaurant apart from what Huntington currently has to offer. With the connections he’s made throughout his career, Tchernikov said he’s been able have cuts made for Imperial Meat Company that most others just aren’t able to attain – like veal skirt steak.
“It sounds expensive, but since we can get it cheaper we can provide it to the clientele for a decent price,” he said. “We just want to show the public something a little different, a little fancier [but] with the same kind of price… We want to introduce better quality at a better price.”
Free samples ranging from bit-size cuts to soups, Tchernikov said, will help Imperial Meat Company expand its customers’ palate, while also saying “thank you” for stopping by.
“I want to make my customers happy,” he said.
When Tchernikov and his crew will start making customers happy, though, is still being worked out. Tentatively, he said.
Imperial Meat Company is looking to open up during or before the first weekend in October; but that could change as the restaurant puts the finishing touches on town approval.
“[With] the product, the pricing [and] the ambience… I think we’ll be No. 1 – not only in the area – [but] I’m pretty sure we’ll be No. 1 on Long Island,” Tchernikov said.
Originally published: Long Islander News: The Long Islander (Thursday, September 25, 2014; A15)