The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene
BloggersPeter Gianotti Erica Marcus Joan Reminick Marjorie Robins
Smithtown Restaurant Week is coming up, from Oct. 5 to 12. This means that now might be a good time to make reservations at a slew of dining spots where a three-course dinner will run you $27.95 per person.
Among participants are Aji 53, Chop Shop and Thai House in Smithtown, along with Five.Five2 and Spezia in St. James. In Hauppauge, there’s Butterfields and Jade Garden, and, in Commack,...Read more »
Ralph Perrazzo, chef-owner of BBD’s — Beers Burgers Desserts in Rocky Point, has expanded the focus of his burger-centric gastropub. (Perrazzo was recently featured as one of Newsday's All-Star Chefs of 2014).
Now the place has 13 large-screen TVs on both sides of the restaurant, with Direct TV coverage of sports nationwide. To go with the game, Perrazzo is offering a special football bar...Read more »
Dilettos, a sprawling Westbury Italian restaurant near the corner of Jericho Turnpike and Glen Cove Road, has closed. For years, the place was part of a Boston chain known as Papa Razzi, but last year, it severed its connection and changed its name.
In 2013, Dilettos received a one-and-a-half star review, with most praise going to the bread, pizza and entrees coming out of the oak-burning...Read more »
Hemingway’s American Bar & Grill in Wantagh, which opened back in 1994, is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a two-course $19.94 prix-fixe dinner. The deal runs from Sept. 29 until Oct. 4.
Chef Nick Hannides’ menu starts with a choice of soup or salad. Then, choose from five main course selections: Blackened mahi mahi, roasted chicken, Yankee pot roast, stuffed boneless pork chop,...Read more »
In this week’s Newsday, Peter M. Gianotti reviews Old Fields, the new Greenlawn branch of the Port Jefferson gastropub. “In a downtown rife with restaurants,” he writes, “the new Old Fields immediately stands out. This is a dining room for everyone, whether you're coming for a burger or filet mignon, a pumpkin spice martini or a chocolate malted.”
Joan Reminick visits Ra-Kang, an attractive...Read more »
The cavernous building across from Walt Whitman Shops that, for years, hosted East Buffet, and, later, Best Buffet, just opened with a new occupant: 110 Japan, a sit-down restaurant.
Owner Sonny Ling said the extensively remodeled space seats 350. It’s divided into two separate areas, one a sushi restaurant and, the other a Japanese hibachi steakhouse outfitted with 12 tables. In between...Read more »
Will Breakstone, Long Island’s most decorated pitmaster, is hosting the Hope on the Hill barbecue competition the weekend of Oct. 11-12 at Pennysaver Amphitheater in Farmingville. Proceeds will benefit the West Islip Breast Cancer Coalition.
Breakstone organized six springtime WilliePallooza barbecue contests from 2008 to 2013. He took 2014 off while he worked on opening South Shore BBQ in...Read more »
The wood-burning pizza oven is now fired up at the newly opened Spuntino in St. James. So, too, the gas-fired oven. And, from the kitchen, come pastas, parms and panini.
The new place shares both name and family ownership with the Dix Hills Spuntino, a pizza-pasta restaurant that has been open for about seven years. But, no, it isn’t affiliated with Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas...Read more »
Toni Clifton, chef co-owner of Pretty Toni’s Cafe in Valley Stream, recently updated the menu at her restaurant, which offers a version of soul food that doesn’t include either pork products or large quantities of fat or sugar. The place received a two-and-a-half star review in 2012.
New to the repertoire: Fried tilapia fillets ($16.95), deep-fried whole red snapper ($18.95), a lamb burger...Read more »
Thursday's special at Mirabelle is a three-course dinner paired with local wine.
The Thursday “vine-to-dine” dinners go from Sept. 25 to Nov. 13. The cost is $47 plus tax and tip per person.
Typical items on the special menu include cheese pumpkin soup, roasted Long Island duck with a potato napoleon and pickled ramps, as well as a grape tart with sorbet, paired with the 2011 Cuvee Carnaval...Read more »