The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene
BloggersPeter Gianotti Erica Marcus Joan Reminick Marjorie Robins
Lawan Authentic Thai Cuisine, a well-appointed, well-regarded Patchogue restaurant, will close for good on Thursday, March 13. Chef-owner Lawan Thongsri said she will be retiring and moving back to Thailand.
Which means you’d better hurry if you want another taste of her bracing tom yum goong (hot and sour shrimp soup), peppery larb (warm ground beef, pork or chicken salad) and a host of complex...Read more »
It was the bread at St. Rocco’s Bakery in Glen Cove that first caught my attention. In October 2012, John and Lisa Sacchetta resurrected the brick-oven bakery that had started making rustic Italian loaves in 1940.
Under the Sacchettas, the savory bakery also branched into sweets with an immense range of cakes, pies, tarts, pastries and cookies. Also on offer — to take home or to enjoy at one...Read more »
Actor Steve Schirripa, best known for his role as Bobby Bacala on “The Sopranos,” is stirring the pot these days in new ways. He’s come out with Uncle Steve’s Italian Specialties, a line of organic pasta sauces.
Schirripa will be offering tastes as well as autographs Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. at Grace’s Marketplace in Greenvale. It’s all in honor of National Meatball Day. (What, you didn’t...Read more »
The motto of The Shack in Huntington (a year-round spinoff of The Shack, a summery stand in Centerport) is “clams and chaos.” That same phrase might well describe the restaurant’s Long Island clam chowder ($4 cup; $6 bowl), described as a combination of New England and Manhattan.
That translated as two soups poured into the same bowl, creating a random pattern in red and white. The problem,...Read more »
Bramasole Italian Restaurant has taken over the New Hyde Park space that last housed Vintage and, before that, Testaccio at the Gardens. Chef-owner Domingo Rodriguez, who cooked at Cara Mia Due in Seaford, said he named the dining spot for the house in the movie “Under the Tuscan Sun.” Its interior is painted a sunny yellow and warmed by a fieldstone fireplace.
Instead of authentically...Read more »
In this week’s Newsday, Joan Reminick reviews Cilantro Mexican Inspired Food, which takes over the Huntington Village spot previously occupied by Wild Rocket. Cilantro, a spinoff of the counter-serve restaurant that launched in Northport last year, has a setup similar to Chipotle Mexican Grill. Reminck particularly enjoyed anything made with the “juicy, boldly seasoned” oven-roated chicken thighs...Read more »
Young Israel of Long Beach hosts “a night of 100 Kosher wines & 36 Scotches” on Saturday.
You must be at least 21 years old to participate in the annual pre-Purim and pre-Passover tasting. The March 8 event starts at 8 p.m.
The suggested donation for the tastings is $18 per person. That includes admission and a coupon for $10 off purchases of $20 or more. The suggested donation for...Read more »
Wisdom has it that the best way to keep out the cold is by dressing in layers.
Eating in layers does the trick, too — at least when you’re sitting down to a big hunk of lasagna, a layering that usually includes pasta, sauce, cheese and meat.
Check out 10 of Long Island’s top lasagnas, some adhering to tradition, others going totally out-of-the-box. They'll warm you up.
Want to...Read more »
Ralph Perrazzo, chef owner of BBD’s Beers Burgers Desserts in Rocky Point, has recruited a group of high-power chef pals for a craft beer dinner at his restaurant, to be held Wednesday, March 12. The nine-chef, nine-beer seven-course dinner is also a fundraiser for Live Like Susie, a scholarship fund for Rocky Point High School graduating seniors.
Along with Perrazzo, the kitchen crew will...Read more »
Say hola to Corazon de Cuba, which takes up residence in the bilevel Long Beach space that last hosted Cuban Crocodile.
Co-owner Armando Lopez said that the restaurant's chef, Noe Dominguez, hails from Cuba and cooked at a few Cuban restaurants in Manhattan. “Everything is made fresh, in house,” he said.
On the menu: beef, chicken, shrimp or broccoli and cheese empanadas ($2.95 each),...Read more »