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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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.

Apr 17, 2012 01:48 PM #16
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.

Jun 17, 2012 02:06 AM #17

Scott, in order to get you the menu, please e-mail me at

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

Jun 17, 2012 04:07 AM #18
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.  



Sep 01, 2012 02:32 PM #19
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.

Jan 31, 2013 09:28 PM #20

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.

Jun 17, 2013 11:49 AM #21
Terry Goubeaud Botts

Does anyone have the recipe for the clam bisque?

Aug 23, 2014 08:32 AM #22
Terry Botts (Goubeaud)

My grandparents took us there. Loved the large olives and ice cold celery. I had my first lobster there. While cracking the claw it shot across the room. I was only 16 at the time and my face was red as the lobster. I felt we got a lot of food for the price and real friendly service,.

Aug 26, 2014 08:26 AM #23
Tom Wolf

Thanks for the great memories.  I worked there in high school through college.  Glad to hear people enjoyed the food.  Working with Pete the butcher.  He taught me to cut meat with a bandsaw and keep my fingers.  The clam bisque was very simple to make, we use to make it in these boiler's taken off a WWII destroyer.  A survivor of Auschwitz taught me how to make it nearly 40 years ago.  I can't remember his name, but I  can remember his serial number tattoo'd on his forearm.  

Oct 10, 2014 09:48 PM #24

I just found some sugar cubes so I decided to google it and this blog came up. It was spelt Linck's, official title Lincks's Log Cabin Inn. Some great holiday memories.

Nov 29, 2014 04:21 PM #25

I noticed that someone already mentioned the correct spelling of Linck's Log Cabin Inn. I still have a book of matches from Linck's!

Apr 04, 2015 02:15 PM #26
Amy Kaye

Thanks for the walk down memory lane. We went at least once a month from Merrick where we lived. Then we could take a scenic Sunday drive through the north shore. Or sometimes we went to an equally fabulous buffet restaurant on the south shore called Michael's. Does anyone remember that?

May 12, 2015 07:49 AM #27

A friend of mine was involved in the demolition of this restaurant. He has a large red sectional of benches from there in his basement, all in usable condition, once you wipe off the dust. I'm sure he'd entertain offers if anyone is interested. He's located in Northport.

May 21, 2015 03:48 PM #28

This is surely memory lane. I remember eating frogs legs at Links! First time and last time I every saw them on a menu. Also came from Merrick to dine in this place. Always crowded but always a treat. Mom enjoyed the lobster there. She got a 5 pounder one time and ate it all! Thanks for the memories!

May 29, 2015 01:40 PM #29

It's wonderful to run across these shared memories of a place so special to families. My grandmother said I had my first daiquiri there at age 6 weeks - oh, I promise I was not given alcohol at that age in 1948. Link's and Guide's were Sunday dinner regular visits growing up on Harrison Dr. Those fabulous rolls and the pickled watermelon, tomato aspic. Who has even heard of those today? It was a great time and place. So much laughter. I hate to go on about the good old days but it was such a kinder life that everyone should have. Thanks all.

Jun 09, 2015 11:03 PM #30
Laureen Arran

Would it be possible to have the picture of the menu? would love to have that

Aug 10, 2015 01:11 AM #31

I remember going to Links Log Cabin for the first time when my brother made his confirmation. We saw another family from Hicksville there as well. It was long wait and the restuarant was so interesting with the deer heads on the wall, we took a walk throughout the restuarant with the other kids from Hicksville..a total of 6 kids wandering around the tables and looking at the walls and decor. The porch in the front was rustic and overall Lincks was very homey. We so enjoyed going there. I remember there was a fire, and does anyone remember if it was rebuilt? Anyone know the address of where it used to be? I'd like to visit the next time I come to NY. Thank.

Nov 26, 2015 10:36 AM #32
William Hastback

Whenever i pass the old Linck's site on 25A i think of family dinners - cucumber salad with that white dressing, biscuits, prime rib, crabmeat-au-gratin and lobsters.
It was simple, good stuff at a good price - like you cannot find on L.I. anymore.

Dec 03, 2015 11:31 AM #33
Robert Bermudez

William i disagree. You can still find what Links had on LI you just have to look

Dec 03, 2015 05:15 PM #34
steve rudnick
retired - Boca Raton, FL

my father in law introduced me to links when my future wife and i were dating we used to end up there almost every weekend the food was excellent i would order the fried scallops but would fill up on the biscuits  we also whent a back way to get there and i enjoyed the ride to get there in the car

Apr 20, 2016 11:29 PM #35
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