The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene
BloggersPeter Gianotti Erica Marcus Joan Reminick Marjorie Robins
Whose ribs reign supreme? On Sunday, Sept. 21, the Hicksville Fire Department is hosting its fourth annual barbecued rib cook-off in Cantiague Park, and the winner will be determined by the ticket-buying public. Here’s how it works: $10 buys six tickets, five of which are good for one rib from any of the dozen or so teams competing. Use the sixth ticket to vote for the rib you liked best. Want more...Read more »
Two dreams intersect at Caci North Fork, the Italian restaurant that opened last week in Southold. Although founders Anthony and Daniele Cacioppo had never run a restaurant, they had long dreamed of establishing one on the North Fork, where the Manhasset couple has a had home since 1995. Two years ago, on a trip to Umbria, they met chef Marco Pellegrini, who had long dreamed of moving to the United...Read more »
Lunch at the new Taqueria Cielito Lindo in Riverhead turned out to be a satisfying affair. The new place, which took over the downtown storefront last occupied by Julia’s Pizzeria & Restaurant, is simply appointed yet comfortable, with warm and efficient table service. You can also order food to go at the counter.
The place is owned by married couple (and co-chefs) Jasmin and Edgar Diaz-Leal,...Read more »
McDonald’s is out to caffeinate the country. From Sept. 16 to 29 (which happens to be National Coffee Day), McDonald’s is giving away a free small McCafé coffee during breakfast hours; no purchase necessary. This comes after a similar giveaway in March.
Follow @McCafe on Twitter for more details and, if you feel so moved, share your embarrassing pre-coffee moments using the hashtag #SipandTell.
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Long Island has bid adieu to Lawson Pub, which made its debut near the Oceanside LIRR station in 2011. Shortly thereafter, the place garnered a three-star review for such dishes as shrimp and clams casino and a crazy bacon and lobster salad-topped burger. But in 2012, the gastropub was hit by superstorm Sandy and never fully rebounded.
So, now, chef-owner Joseph...Read more »
When National Guacamole Day and Mexican Independence Day come together, you can be sure Long Island's two Besito restaurants will be ready.
This happens on Tuesday, Sept.16. To contribute to the festivities, Besito in Huntington and in Roslyn has added two specials to the menu, along with a complimentary Roca Patron tequila tasting from 5 to 8 p.m.
Lobster guacamole is one dish, enriching...Read more »
Learn about sustainability while you sample the wares of some of the East End’s best chefs, farmers, fishermen, wineries and breweries. That’s the idea behind S.E.E.D. (Sustainable East End Development), organized by the Eastern Long Island chapter of the chefs' group American Culinary Federation (ACF). The event takes place on Sept. 28 at Westhampton Beach Country Club.
Among the participating...Read more »
Corner Bakery Cafe, a chain with roots in Chicago and corporate headquarters in Dallas, just opened its first Long Island branch in Westbury. The casual new eatery is attached to Buffalo Wild Wings (with which it shares franchise ownership). It serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and is open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
You can choose a “scrambler” such as the “Anaheim,” with scrambled...Read more »
Mother Kelly’s, a Cedarhurst presence for more than 30 years, has closed and the building has been sold. But another branch with the same name is still up and running in a Syosset office building.
Lisa Lanese, who owns the restaurant with her brothers Mark and Glenn Gobetz and their mother, Dorothy Gobetz, said the Syosset menu, while shorter than the Cedarhurst original, features many...Read more »
The Riverhead Project, which dramatically improved dining out downtown, has closed.
Owner Dennis McDermott said last weekend that he hoped to re-open the restaurant with new partners, but Friday confirmed he was not able to find an investor. "Nobody wanted to invest in a restaurant in Riverhead."
The downtown upturn he'd hoped for and helped move along didn't materialize...Read more »