The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene
BloggersPeter Gianotti Erica Marcus Joan Reminick Marjorie Robins
New to the Bellport dining scene is Basil Restaurant & Spirits, with a repertoire owner Richard LoGrippo describes as Italian American. Chef Richard Doxsee previously cooked at Mamma Lombardi’s in Holbrook as well as Lombardi’s on the Bay in Patchogue, Lombardi’s on the Sound in Port Jefferson and Giorgio’s in Baiting Hollow.
On Doxsee's menu: fried calamari ($10), stuffed meatballs ($8),...Read more »
“Fuego Picante means spicy fire,” writes Peter Gianotti of the newest establishment from the Singh Hospitality group. “But the restaurant isn’t so hot.” The “Mexican smokehouse and cantina” is the latest resident of this seemingly cursed location. Previous short-lived Singh tenants include RUB BBQ, Long Fin, BeSi and Kansas City Smokehouse.
Joan Reminick has much better luck at Millennium...Read more »
Blind Bat Brewery's Long Island Potato Stout has won Long Island Beer of the Year honors in the third annual online Craft Beer Week poll.
The "Golden Tap Awards" honoree Blind Bat is headquartered in Centerport but expects to relocate to Farmingdale later this year.
The winner for best new beer was Great South Bay Brewery's Blood Orange Pale Ale. The brewery is in Bay Shore.
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The Library Cafe in Farmingdale is featuring a wine tour package, which is available every Saturday and Sunday this summer, but only with reservations. The cost of the package is $90 a person (plus tax and gratuities) and includes round-trip transportation to three North Fork vineyards — Baiting Hollow, Lenz and Pellegrini — with a wine tasting at each, followed by dinner back at the restaurant.
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Joe Gannascoli, who played Vito, the doomed gay mobster on HBO’s “The Sopranos,” will be helping Salpino III Italian Market celebrate its 13th birthday.
On Saturday from noon to 2 p.m., Gannascoli, a trained chef who recently had a gig at Il Luogo in Lynbrook, will be cooking with Boar’s Head products and giving away samples of new items such as hummus and blackened turkey.
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Sugar Dining Den & Social Club in Carle Place has gone purely social. Co-owner Brian Rosenberg said that while the kitchen of the multipurpose spot has temporarily ceased turning out dinners, Sugar will remain open as a club Thursday to Saturday nights.
Come September, Rosenberg said, the place is expected to go into full gear with a new chef and a new menu.
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Wednesday evening is Chicken Night at Snaps American Bistro in Wantagh. For $5 you get four pieces of fried chicken (breast, wing, leg, thigh). Sides are also $5, so you can put together a very economical dinner.
I wish I had enjoyed my bird more, but it tasted more sweet than chicken-y. Snaps’ chef-owner Scott Bradley told me that he added brown sugar to the seasoned flour mixture into which...Read more »
The house was almost fully packed the night I stopped into Stango’s at the Orchard in Glen Cove, the reinvented version of what is thought to be Long Island's oldest Italian restaurant. Co-owner Helene Suozzi was seating guests, her husband, former Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi, schmoozing table to table. Everywhere you looked were vintage photos of local families.
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New chef Roy Wohlars is jazzing up the menu at theRIVERHEADPROJECT, which was named the top fine-dining restaurant to open in 2011 by Newsday.
Expect to nibble on house-smoked bluefish pierogies, kale salad with manchego cheese and smoked paprika vinaigrette, cardamom-braised pork belly with rhubarb puree and soft-shell crab with Asian slaw, among the appetizers.
Main courses include...Read more »
Papa Razzi, the sprawling restaurant at the intersection of Glen Cove Road and Jericho Turnpike, has been transformed into Dilettos.
In February, the lone Long Island branch of a Boston-based chain, Westbury’s Papa Razzi, was bought by its general manager, Michael Barbosa. The restaurant never closed, but last week, the Papa Razzi signs came down and the Dilettos signs went up.
The name,...Read more »