The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene
BloggersPeter Gianotti Erica Marcus Joan Reminick Marjorie Robins
Pizza Fabbrica, a huge new pizzeria, has opened next to the huge Planet Fitness in the shopping center on South Broadway just south of where it merges with South Oyster Bay Road.
It’s a terrific-looking place, all reclaimed wood and industrial chic (befitting the name, which means “pizza factory”). One side is devoted to a lively lounge, but the main attraction is three wood-burning ovens...Read more »
La Bottega Farmingdale is featuring a $16.95 three-course prix-fixe dinner, available in the restaurant’s dining room daily from 3 to 6 p.m.
For starters, choose a salad (mixed green or tricolore) or a soup (chicken vegetable or lentil). Then pick one of four pastas: fusilli with mixed vegetables and fresh mozzarella; orecchiette with broccoli rabe, garlic and oil; penne alla Siciliana with...Read more »
With both its quarters and its menu expanded, the remodeled San Marzano Brick Oven Pizzeria in Merrick was a warm refuge on a chilly night, thanks to its wood-burning pizza oven. Service, however, was a bit cool and detached.
New to the menu were pastas and entrees. A big hit was bucatini with meatballs ($13), the pasta was nicely al dente, the marble-size meatballs savory and light....Read more »
Greet winter with a cocktail that fights any chill.
Marble, the steakhouse in Floral Park, has unveiled six of them, from bar manager Doug Brickel. They're $12 each.
The beverages include a "gingerbread martini," made with Stolichnaya vanilla vodka, Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur, Kahlua, Frangelico, milk and nutmeg; and a hot toddy with Buffalo Trace Bourbon, salted honey...Read more »
Nisen 347, the newest member of the stylish Asian restaurant group, started slicing sushi yesterday in St. James.
The expanding mini-empire is slated to open Nisen 110 next month in Melville.
Hours at the St. James restaurant are 5 to 11 p.m. today and tomorrow; 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday. Starting Monday, Nisen 347 will serve lunch from noon to 3 p.m. and dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. every day....Read more »
In this week’s Newsday, Joan Reminick reviews Bangkok Pavilion, a new Thai restaurant that moves into the Kings Park corner that seems incapable of housing any other cuisine. (Previous tenants include Sarin Thai, Chaophaya and Siam Thai.) “This is one of the prettiest occupants,” she writes. “Service is on point . . . and so, for the most part, is chef Settapat Bunnak's repertoire.”
Peter...Read more »
Breakfast, with Santa Claus attending, will be served Sunday, Dec. 8, at The Woodlands in Woodbury.
The buffet with the big guy in the red suit costs $25 for adults; $12.50 for children 4-to-12 years old; free for younger children. Included are juices, milk, coffee, tea, scrambled eggs, pancakes, house-made granola, baked goods and fresh fruit platters.
Seatings are...Read more »
Love Lane Market, the ambitious North Fork specialty grocer, has closed. Owner Michael Avella said in a statement that he was “not able to recover from the losses sustained from superstorm Sandy.” A power outage, predictably, ruined the shop’s perishable items; but when the power was turned back on, much of the equipment malfunctioned, fatally. Over the next year Avella tried to recoup his losses,...Read more »
A most singular restaurant, Kazan Authentic Central Asian Cuisine in Port Washington, has closed. The place specialized in the lively, intriguing cuisine of the former Soviet republic of Uzbekistan.
The year-old dining spot garnered a two-and-a-half star rating and was named by Newsday as one of the top 10 restaurants of 2012. Dishes recalled with fondness and yearning: the juicy butterflied...Read more »
The Smithtown offshoot of Uncle Bacala’s in Garden City Park has closed. The place opened in 2011 but hadn’t really been making money, according to owner Peter Hewitson. “There are about 35 Italian restaurants within a mile or two,” he said, noting also that traffic problems and road construction had added to the restaurant’s woes.
Meanwhile, the original Uncle Bacala’s in Garden City Park...Read more »