The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene
BloggersPeter Gianotti Erica Marcus Joan Reminick Marjorie Robins
P.F. Chang’s China Bistro joins the gang of chain restaurants at Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove. Located next to Barnes & Noble, the Asian dining spot has an outside entrance as well as one within the mall, near the Apple Store.
On the menu: Chicken lettuce wraps ($8.95), a spicy tuna roll ($7.50), lemongrass chicken salad ($7.95), Vietnamese noodles with steak and shrimp ($12.95), kung...Read more »
In this week’s Newsday, Joan Reminick reviews Mekan Gyro & Grill in Medford, a modest Turkish eatery — grocery attached — where the “house-made lamb and beef gyro stands a cut above most others. Order the savory, juicy shards of meat as a wrap (which, here, means enfolded in flaky house-baked bread) and you're in for fine eating.“
Peter M. Gianotti visits Spezia in St. James, overseen...Read more »
Most of Long Island’s farmers markets take their final bow at Thanksgiving, but a few intrepid souls have organized winter markets where folks can continue to shop until the crocuses come up. The produce offerings are slim, of course, but locally grown onions, cauliflower, potatoes and kale are nothing to sneeze at. And all the markets round out their merchandise with baked goods, jams, cheese,...Read more »
They’ve got a fine lineup of regular burgers at Bobby’s Burger Palace, but every month brings a special. December’s burger of the month, I learned Thursday at Bobby’s in Lake Grove, is the brunch burger, topped with American cheese, smoked bacon and a fried egg.
Man, was this a good burger. You know what’s rare at most burger chains? The possibility of getting your burger cooked to order....Read more »
La Fondita in Amagansett, a summer landmark for lively and authentic Mexican fare, has traditionally closed for the winter. Not this year. The casual taco stand is open Wednesday to Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. for takeout as well as indoor eating at the counter.
On Thursdays the place is featuring a taco kit to feed a family of four, at $30. Included are 12 handmade soft corn...Read more »
Making its Woodbury debut is MoCa Asian Bistro, an offshoot of an established Hewlett Asian fusion restaurant. It occupies the former Nisen digs within Woodbury Village Shopping Center, a local restaurant hub that also hosts Butera's, Laguna Grille, Sage Bistro Moderne and Ben's Kosher Delicatessen.
On the menu: coconut seafood chowder ($13), duck tortilla ($10), sushi pizza ($14), a Woodbury...Read more »
Choice eating is the name of the game in downtown Huntington, arguably Suffolk County’s restaurant capital. We give you five picks covering a range of cuisines and prices.
SPICE VILLAGE GRILL, 281 Main St., Huntington, 631-271-4800
At this South Asian spot, you can spice up an evening with an array of succulent kebabs and heady curries. Great vegetarian options, too.
QUETZALCOATL,...Read more »
Lunch is now being served at Be-Ju Sashimi & Sake Bar, the Melville restaurant-within-a-restaurant at Jewel by Tom Schaudel.
Although Schaudel launched the high concept sushi spot as a California roll-free zone, he’s is now featuring a California roll ($12) made with king crab, as well as a spicy tuna roll ($10) on the midday roster. “They beat me into submission,” he said. “I had to put...Read more »
Add the Merrick Ave. Diner to the list of restaurant closings in 2013.
In its previous incarnation, the Merrick eatery was known as the MaryBill Diner. It came under new ownership and had a name change in 2010.
What distinguished the place was not its food but rather its status as a classic vintage railroad car diner — sliding front door, curved ceiling and old-time ambience. The...Read more »
Mara’s Homemade, Syosset’s Cajun-Southern-BBQ restaurant, has opened a second location in Wantagh. Mara’s Too is a partnership between the original Team Mara (Mara Levi, her husband David and her children Josh and Chana) and Dennis Kaplan. Kaplan, a lifelong dining enthusiast who recently retired from a career in facility maintenance, found his way to the Syosset restaurant soon after it opened...Read more »