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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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 02:48 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 08:21 AM #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 07:15 AM #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 12:49 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 08:48 AM #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 06:40 AM #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 04:03 PM #30
Laureen Arran

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

Aug 09, 2015 06:11 PM #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 02:36 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 03:31 AM #33
Robert Bermudez

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

Dec 03, 2015 09:15 AM #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 04:29 PM #35
Mara Brin

I was in Northport last night... Had dinner at Skippers restaurant and then walked along the pier… What a beautiful area.... Then drove along 25A and started thinking about Linck's Log Cabin...I have wonderful memories going there as a child… I remember burger platters originally being $.50 and I could share it with my sister because the portions were tremendous. Does anyone know what year they closed? mentioned that you could email menus… I would love one! thanks so much!

Jul 18, 2016 07:00 AM #36

I remember the soup bowls being coffee cups with the handles broken off. And my Dad insisting we drink milk, because it came with the meal.

Jul 31, 2016 10:40 AM #37

Loved it as a child. That was our go to spot for a special occasion meal. My Dads favorite, economical and good. He loved his steak, baked potatoes and onion rings, yum. What years was it popular ? When did it close? I believe we went in the mid 70's. Thanks for the memories Linck's. :)

Oct 30, 2016 10:27 AM #38

What was the address and what is there now

Nov 07, 2016 02:44 AM #39
Chris Melton

Their relish trays, cucumber salad, mixed green salad and homemade biscuits were great as well. This was my family's favorite restaurant and mine too when I began to drive and date. Was very sad when fire took it from us. Although there were rumors of shady circumstances around that fire.

Mar 24, 2017 08:32 PM #40
John Dubocq

I worked at Linck’s Log Cabin in the late seventies as a busboy and a waiter. Found a copy of the menu and posted it on Facebook. It is amazing how many people loved that place. It is also amazing how many people worked there from Northport Senior High School. It was one of the best times of my life and a great restaurant. Eddie Meyer (the old man) ran a great business. It is a shame that it is gone. The clam bisque was awesome as well as the rolls.

Nov 04, 2017 01:58 PM #41
Genevieve O'Rourke

Oh, I had my first Shirley Temple at Linck's when I was about five. What a wonderful time our family used to have at that special restaurant. Anyone remember Glynn's, too?

Nov 17, 2017 07:57 AM #42

My first date with my future husband was at Links on Jan 2, 1959! Links holds a special place in my heart!!

Jan 01, 2018 08:38 AM #43
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