The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene
BloggersPeter Gianotti Erica Marcus Joan Reminick Marjorie Robins
Bay Shore is widely seen as the gateway to Fire Island. But the town’s Main Street has its own year-round allure, thanks to a compelling assortment of restaurants within walking distance of one another. Here are five to check out: TULA KITCHEN, 41 E. Main St., 631-539-7183, tulakitchen.com At this plush and romantic spot, the menu is geared to health and balance; vegetarians will find more than...Read more »
YOLO Yogurt & Dessert, new to Roslyn Village, is more than just another frozen-yogurt dispensary. This according to owner Shila Roofim, who says that while the place does offer an array of frozen yogurt flavors and toppings (all self-serve, priced by weight), it also features gelato, miniature French pastries, macaroons, cupcakes, hot chocolate, smoothies, a variety of high-end teas and apple...Read more »
Aquarelle 45 has taken over the former Port Washington digs of Marino’s on the Bay. The newly renovated spot offers waterfront dining with indoor and outdoor seating, as well as 25 docking slips.
Chef Anthony Sanzone’s Mediterranean-influenced menu, which emphasizes seafood, includes such items as grilled octopus ($19), crab croquettes ($15), linguine with clams ($19), grilled lamb chops ($42)...Read more »
There is a cure for this winter's merciless chill: ribollita at The Trattoria.
This Tuscan-inspired soup, traditionally made with leftovers, is bracing, enriched with chicken and full of freshness at The Trattoria, the successor to Kitchen A Trattoria.
Chef-owner Steve Gallagher, who for years was chef at Kitchen A Trattoria, has improved on a very good thing, with ribollita and just...Read more »
Usually James McDevitt shuttles between the kitchens of Tellers and Verace in Islip, Monsoon in Babylon, H2O in Smithtown and Prime: An American Kitchen & Bar in Huntington. On Friday Feb. 7, he’s staying put at Prime for the evening.
The corporate executive chef for the Bohlsen Restaurant Group — and a Newsday All-Star chef when he was at Four Food Studio in Melville — is pulling out...Read more »
With new stores in Bellmore and Manhasset, Chocolate Works now operates four shops on Long Island. The first two are in Valley Stream and Commack.
Each Chocolate Works functions as a candy store, a chocolate manufacturer and a venue for children's parties. The chocolate-making machinery is right there on the selling floor so customers can see the fresh merchandise come right off the enrober...Read more »
In this week’s Newsday, Joan Reminick reviews Señor Nacho, the Mexican restaurant in Great Neck that takes over what used to be Miraku (and, before that, Banyan, Great Neck Steak House, Dino’s and Pulcinella). Empanadas, guacamole, street tacos, pork chops and flan are among the best items at this “cavernous space dominated by big, splashy folkloric murals.”
Peter Gianotti visits Graceful...Read more »
Who has the best chowder on Long Island? A few restaurants will put their Manhattan and New England clam chowders and seafood bisques to the test on Saturday at noon, when The Snapper Inn Waterfront Restaurant in Oakdale hosts its 15th annual Long Island chowder contest.
Competitors include The Snapper Inn, H20 Seafood Grill in Smithtown, Irish Coffee Pub in Islip, Jolly Fisherman & Steak...Read more »
Long Island's newest brewery has opened in East Farmingdale.
Barrage Brewing Co. currently has four brews available. There will be a launch party Friday at Morrison's restaurant in Plainview from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.; and another at Bellport Cold Soda & Beer on Saturday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Barrage is the work of Stephen Pominski Jr., who's a trackside tower operator for the Long Island...Read more »
Peninsula, a Bay Shore Chinese restaurant, has had a change of name and ownership. New Peninsula is its new appellation; its present owner, Danny Wu, launched West East Bistro (now called West East All Natural Bistro & Wine Bar) in Hicksville and owns Thom Thom in Wantagh.
And the kitchen has come under the command of executive chef Andy Wong, who was sous chef at West East Bistro, with...Read more »