The Long Islander

A youngish mood surrounds you as soon as you enter Batata café. With boldly colored paintings, comfortable leather couches, and a menu that is creative without being overly fussy, Batata brings something unique to Northport...Read More


Although Nicole Nappy says she has no formal culinary training - she doesn't even call herself a chef - the food she serves at the casual Batata Cafe, 847 Fort Salonga Rd., Northport, 631-754-4439, tastes as though it had been prepared by someone well-schooled in the art of cooking...Read More

The Observer

If you haven't had the opportunity to go to Batata Cafe, all I can say is you might want to consider making a visit on one of your New Year's resolutions. Some serious lunch enthusiasts I know told me about their mouth-watering sandwiches and the casual, friendly atmosphere, but it was the lure of one of my personal favorites, sweet potato fries that drew me to the door. The proprietors have come up with a winning combination, breakfast and lunch served in an inviting interior enhanced with featured artwork by Eti Grifel, Glenn Fischer, Jo Tuck, and Brian Fleischman...Read More

The Times of Northport

Batata Café at 847 Fort Salonga Road has also evolved, from Barrister's Coffee & Tea Company, a 25-year-old establishment owned by Nick Nappy. In August 2005, his daughter Nicole Nappy took over as owner and manager and renamed it Batata, which means sweet potato in Spanish. Following the café's new motto from a Virginia Woolf quote: "One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well," Nicole Nappy had a kitchen built and added a lunch menu specializing in paninis. Two months later, they rolled out the breakfast service with their now locally-famous breakfast burritos...Read More