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Casablanca is not only the name of a Humphrey Bogart movie and a city in Morocco, but also of a new Continental restaurant in Lynbrook. The place occupies the space that last hosted Cafe Chardonnay. According to Casablanca's co-owner Chet Cafasso, chef Gino Rosado formerly cooked at Rachel’s Waterside Grill in Freeport.
On the menu: Stuffed baked clams ($9.95), fried...Read more »
Turquoise, the long-standing Mediterranean Great Neck fish restaurant, is now kosher and is under the supervision of the Vaad Harabonim of Queens.
Turquoise first opened across the street from the Great Neck LIRR station in 1999. It was purchased in 2010 by Erica Bushkin, who moved the restaurant in 2012 to its current location on Middle Neck Road. It earned two stars from Newsday's Peter...Read more »
Looking for an easy seafood extravaganza to make in your own kitchen for Labor Day weekend? Schultzy’s, a Bayville-based caterer, has you covered with four varieties of clambake buckets. All you do at home is pour two cups of water (or beer or white wine) into the bucket, place it over high heat and, once the liquid comes to a boil, leave it to steam for 15 minutes.
The Cuddleback Clam Pot...Read more »
Mitch & Toni’s, the New American collaboration between chef Mitch SuDock and manager Toni Contino, has closed.
The restaurant opened in May 2011 and earned 2½ stars from Newsday's Peter M. Gianotti, who praised the tender baby back ribs, the sweet Asian-accent barbecue chicken wings, bacon-wrapped monkfish and the chef's signature pistachio-crusted halibut with lemon-beurre blanc. SuDock...Read more »
True American Kitchen has opened in the Jericho Turnpike spot that was formerly Lula Trattoria (and, before that, Circa Enoteca).
True to its name, the restaurant offers regional American classics such as Louisiana shrimp and grits, New England lobster roll, Buffalo wings, Southern fried chicken and waffles, roast chicken and a burger, albeit one with slab bacon, smoked Gouda, avocado, crispy...Read more »
The new Istanbul Doner Kebab House in West Hempstead is a Turkish and Mediterranean grocery as well as a restaurant. Owner Kerin Kayaci said that the place offers table service for those who want to stay and eat.
On the menu: shepherd salad ($4.50 small; $7.50 large), hummus ($4), falafel ($4), chicken chops ($12), lamb shish kebab ($12), house-made beef and lamb doner, or gyro ($12), chicken...Read more »
An outdoor table at the new Bosporus Cafe Grill in Port Washington seemed the place to be on a recent evening. But the breeze got a bit too chilly, so we ate indoors in the simply but handsomely appointed dining room for what proved a positive experience.
The ideal accompaniment for a mixed appetizer plate ($18.50) — hummus, ezme (spicy chopped vegetables), babaganush, tabbouleh (cracked wheat...Read more »
Azafrán Colombian Restaurant in St. James is simple but attractive in design. You may recognize the site as the former home of Red Tomato and, before that, Attilio’s Grill. Outside the place, a life-size statue of a chef greets customers.
The house specialty, rotisserie roasted chicken, is what you want to get. I had it as part of a “bandeja,” ($11) or platter, that also included chicken...Read more »
The floods of superstorm Sandy closed Caffe Laguna in Long Beach but did not destroy the restaurant’s wood-burning oven. That oven has inspired Caffe Laguna’s successor: Grotta di Fuoco, “cave of fire,” which opened two weeks ago.
The new restaurant’s chef-owner is Andrew Allotti, who worked briefly at Caffe Laguna and, before that, for two years at Sole in Oceanside. Raised in Baldwin, Allotti...Read more »
Fairway Market is reaching out to older customers by introducing its 6% FOR SIXTY discount program.
Starting Aug. 26, customers 60 and older will get a 6 percent discount on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Fairway Markets in Plainview, Westbury and Lake Grove. The program was launched in the spring at Fairway locations in Paramus and Woodland Park, New Jersey, and Nanuet, New York. Seniors must...Read more »