The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene
BloggersPeter Gianotti Erica Marcus Joan Reminick Marjorie Robins
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, JW’s Public House in Glen Head has come out with a roster of Gaelic specials.
Start with a green apple Dublin cocktail ($10) and an appetizer such as mussels in Guinness and garlic ($9) or smoked salmon on Irish soda bread crostini ($10). Among entrees are corned beef and cabbage ($19) and shepherd’s pie ($18). Finish with a Tipperary crème brûlée with...Read more »
It’s a good day for New York farmers and producers. Gov. Cuomo announced Friday that more than 100 restaurants in New York State have taken the “Pride of NY Pledge” to use “the bountiful agricultural products available in New York State.”
Every restaurant participating in the initiative has committed to:
-- Increase by 10 percent or more the sourcing of New York State-grown and -made...Read more »
Gone in a flash: Sweet Tomato Brick Oven Pizza & Grill, which opened this past October in the St. James space that last housed Attilio’s Grill (and, for years before that, Bella Vita City Grill). The short-lived place offered brick-oven pizzas, pastas, entrees and salads.
Spuntino, a brick-oven pizzeria and restaurant in Dix Hills, will open a branch in the same spot....Read more »
Now part of Rockville Centre history is Cielo Ristorante, a traditional Italian dining spot on Sunrise Highway. It was a white-tablecloth kind of place, one whose menu included such items as baby artichoke salad, pasta e fagioli, fusilli Bolognese and chicken scarpariello.
Taking over the site will be a more casual brand of Italian restaurant, this one co-owned by chef-restaurateur Art Gustafson...Read more »
In this week’s Newsday, Joan Reminick visits Patchogue’s That Meetball Place, “Long Island's first dedicated meatball restaurant. Even its name (note the spelling) is laced with irony. It is, on the one hand, a place to meet and have a ball. It’s also a place to have meatballs — all manner of them, done up every which way.” She commends the seafood balls, lobster-risotto balls, Moroccan lamb balls...Read more »
And now a word from the quality-control patrol.
If I pass Brendel’s Bagels while driving along Route 110 in Huntington Station or Route 111 in Hauppauge or Old Country Road in Westbury, I’ll usually pick up a little tub of the excellent whitefish salad. If I’m not on my way to or from a meal, I’ll eat it while I drive. (Sorry, Officer.)
This morning in Hauppauge I had a little...Read more »
On Fridays during Lent, a two-course, $38 seafood dinner is offered at George Martin's Strip Steak in Great River.
Appetizer choices include mussels sauteed with cherry peppers, white wine and roasted tomato sauce; clams sauteed with garlic in a white wine-butter sauce; and jumbo lump crab meat fondue with sauteed spinach in a Gorgonzola cheese sauce.
Main courses: sauteed scallops and...Read more »
Executive chef Michael Meehan has left H2O: Seafood Grill after a five-year tenure. The Smithtown fish mainstay, part of the Bohlsen Restaurant Group, is undergoing a renovation and expansion of its sushi bar and lounge, although the dining room remains open. Look for a relaunch with some new menu items in April. In the meantime, James McDevitt, the Bohlsens’ corporate executive chef, is supervising ...Read more »
Lombardi's on the Bay is beefing up spring dining with a prime-rib special.
The three-course, fixed-price dinner is available on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, from 3 p.m. until closing. Cost: $32 plus tax and tip. It includes a house salad, a 16-oz. prime rib with potatoes and seasonal vegetables, and dessert.
Lombardi's on the Bay is part of the group that includes Mamma Lombardi's in...Read more »
From high-end Italian to value-priced Colombian, with every kind of Indian in between, there may be no town on Long Island with a more eclectic assortment of great eating than Hicksville. (And don’t forget the Swedish meatballs at Ikea — 15 of them for $4.99.)
LUIGI Q, 400 S. Oyster Bay Rd., Hicksville, 516-932-7450
At Luigi Q, one of Long Island’s best Italian restaurants, consider...Read more »