The best of both East and West Coast cuisine: New gourmet sandwich eatery opens – Long Island Advance

Posted By on July 21, 2022

By Shana Braff

We all want the best of both worlds, but must temper this desire with the understanding that we cant have our cake and eat it, too. While this adage is true in most cases, at The Artisan in Patchogue, you can have your East Coast comfort fare paired with West Coast surfer flair.

The Artisans catchphrase, The ART is in the sandwich, is a clever play on words which exemplifies the creativity that is at the heart of this innovative gourmet food venue. While this isnt your fathers deli, ironically, the most popular item on the eclectic and irreverently named menu is aptly called My Jewish Father. This quintessentially East Coast offering comprises house-smoked corned beef, pastrami, Swiss cheese, and spicy mustard on toasted marble rye with coleslaw.

Its my fathers favorite, said Artisan chef Jason Tepper. My dad was Jewish, and my mom was from Puerto Rico.

The melting pot of his own background combined with his extensive travels lent itself to a reverence for unexpected and thrilling culinary fusions. Bayport born and raised, Tepper now resides in Sayville after traveling all over, from New England to Miami, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. This was part of the impetus which inspired his desire to bring a variety of cuisines together in one establishment.

Tepper opened The Artisan this July with his friends since childhood, local contractors David and Jacob Zwaik, of DJT Group.

We run a food truck together called Rollin Ghost, and we decided to open up a brick-and-mortar shop that specializes in gourmet sandwiches made to order, said David Zwaik.

They also have a food truck called Rollin Birdies, which is stationed at Birdies in Patchogue. Zwaik is thrilled to have opened in this location, which is so welcoming to exciting gustatory adventures.

We love Patchogue, and we love that its just off Main Street, said Zwaik of the newly renovated space, which was formerly home to the River Avenue Deli. Its not so congested, he added of the quiet corner destination.

There is something for everyone at The Artisan, including vegetarian and vegan options and a choice of gluten-free bread, and everything is made fresh.

Its not like you come in and you get sliced meats off a slicer. Everything here is made in-house, said Tepper.

The cozy shop has countertops to sit at inside, as well as outdoor seating to dine al fresco. Its open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day and located at 140 River Avenue. Call ahead at 631-901-3066 to inquire about catering or to place your order in advance if youre in a hurry. Visit for more information or to see the full menu.

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