The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene
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Erica Marcus has covered food for Newsday since 1998. She has written features about the origins of Grandma pizza, the controversy over matzoh brei, the mystery of the soft-shell lobster and many many articles that attempt to justify the hundreds of dollars she spends every year on knives and knife-sharpening. Since 2005 she has written a weekly column, Burning Questions, in which she answers readers' questions. In 2002 her article “A Knish is Still a Knish” was nominated for a James Beard award, and in 2003 she won the New York Newswomen’s Club Front Page award for her “Food Without The Fuss: a history of TV Dinners.” After graduation from Swarthmore College, Erica took a job at Crown Publishers, first in production and later in editorial. She rose to the rank of Senior Editor and worked on a wide range of books, including many award-winning cookbooks. She left book publishing for newspaper journalism the same year she left Manhattan for her ancestral home of Brooklyn, where she still lives. She eats most of her meals on Long Island.
Billing itself as a “healthy eatery,” Grillmark has opened in the Waldbaums shopping center on Willis Avenue in Albertson. It occupies the spot that, briefly, was Prime Burgers and, before that, Deli on Rye.
The very attractive order-at-the-counter restaurant is decorated in an up-to-the-moment industrial-farmhouse style, with reclaimed wood, old-timey light bulbs and white subway tile. Also...Read more »
Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza in Commack will be staging a four-course craft beer dinner featuring brews from Fire Island Beer Company at 8 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 25.
The beer-driven family-style meal, $30 a person (inclusive of tax and gratuity), begins with Sea Salt Ale paired with both a fresh mozzarella and tomato salad and classic Italian salad. Next comes Lighthouse Ale paired with eggplant...Read more »
Main Catch, a seafood restaurant on Jericho Turnpike in Commack, has closed. The place opened in 2012 in the former digs of Southside Fish & Clam Restaurant and operated under the same ownership as the long-standing Southside Fish & Clam in Lindenhurst.
Main Catch received a one-star review from Newsday’s Peter M. Gianotti, who liked its sushi bar offerings and recommended some of...Read more »
Surf ’n Turf Mediterranean Grill has closed. The restaurant — whose menu was a combination of Turkish, Greek and American cuisines — was sold more than a year ago by owner Al Avci (who currently is the owner of Prime Catch in Rockville Centre). Surf ’n Turf continued under new owners, but now the windows are papered over, the website kaput....Read more »
Tim’s Shipwreck Diner in Northport, featured in a pivotal scene in the 1997 film “In and Out,” is getting another star turn. While owner Tim Hess was away in Montauk, Food Network engineered a makeover for an upcoming series called "American Diner Revival." Work began on Thursday, Aug. 14.
When Hess returned on Monday, he was flabbergasted. “There was a fire truck out in front,” he said, adding...Read more »
Tony Colombos, full of good feeling and Italian-American favorites, is the newest entry in Long Island's most-competitive cuisine.
The restaurant, on the former site of Cielo, keeps the red sauce flowing and makes some tasty additions to the familiar repertoire. You'll like it.
Try the rice balls, filled with beef ragu and sweet peas, set on tomato sauce. Sample the fennel salad, updated...Read more »
I was overcome with a yen for cold sesame noodles and, in the dim recesses of my brain, I recalled having a good experience at one of the incarnations of the Chinese restaurant that sits at 6600 Jericho Tpke. in Syosset. Was it way back when it was Empire Szechuan Gourmet? Or was it at one of ESG’s successors: Tao, Dao or Ao? Since May the restaurant has been rechristened Din Din, and that’s where...Read more »
Every Saturday and Sunday through the fall, Joe’s Garage and Grill of Riverhead (recently named one of Newsday's top 10 gastropubs and top 100 restaurants) will have a food stand set up outside the tasting room of Macari Vineyards in Cutchogue. Weather permitting, of course. (Macari Vineyards was recently named the state's "winery of the year" at the 2014 New York Wine & Food Classic).
While...Read more »
Istanbul Grill & Bar is serving hummus, falafel and shish kebab in the Hewlett space that formerly hosted Mermaid.
According to owner Aydener Aykanat, the place has a liquor license and also offers local delivery. In charge of the kitchen is chef Yasar Ilik, who formerly cooked at Chicken Kebab in Roslyn Heights.
Here's some items from the menu: Babaganoush, or eggplant salad ($6.75),...Read more »
Texas Taco opened earlier this summer in Sayville, serving a Tex-Cal-Mex assortment of tortilla-based dishes: tacos, nachos, fajitas, burritos, quesadillas, wraps and taco salads.
On a recent visit, I ordered the Fire Island tacos ($9.95) from the “specialty trio taco” menu and was presented with a very pretty troika of soft-corn tortillas, each cradling cabbage slaw, salsa, shrimp and chipotle...Read more »