The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene
BloggersPeter Gianotti Erica Marcus Joan Reminick Marjorie Robins
Learn about sustainability while you sample the wares of some of the East End’s best chefs, farmers, fishermen, wineries and breweries. That’s the idea behind S.E.E.D. (Sustainable East End Development), organized by the Eastern Long Island chapter of the chefs' group American Culinary Federation (ACF). The event takes place on Sept. 28 at Westhampton Beach Country Club.
Among the participating...Read more »
Corner Bakery Cafe, a chain with roots in Chicago and corporate headquarters in Dallas, just opened its first Long Island branch in Westbury. The casual new eatery is attached to Buffalo Wild Wings (with which it shares franchise ownership). It serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and is open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
You can choose a “scrambler” such as the “Anaheim,” with scrambled...Read more »
Mother Kelly’s, a Cedarhurst presence for more than 30 years, has closed and the building has been sold. But another branch with the same name is still up and running in a Syosset office building.
Lisa Lanese, who owns the restaurant with her brothers Mark and Glenn Gobetz and their mother, Dorothy Gobetz, said the Syosset menu, while shorter than the Cedarhurst original, features many...Read more »
The Riverhead Project, which dramatically improved dining out downtown, has closed.
Owner Dennis McDermott said last weekend that he hoped to re-open the restaurant with new partners, but Friday confirmed he was not able to find an investor. "Nobody wanted to invest in a restaurant in Riverhead."
The downtown upturn he'd hoped for and helped move along didn't materialize...Read more »
A golden pouf of bread, seed-sprinkled and brown at the edges, is a must-order at the new Bosphorus Cafe Grill in Port Washington, says Joan Reminick. She also likes the Turkish restaurant's tender and juicy chicken and lamb kebabs and the char-grilled whole St. Peter’s fish.
A new Chinese revolution is taking place on Northern Boulevard in Great Neck, where a glittery Moonstone, once the...Read more »
Chef Jintana Lauchalermsuk of Frankly Thai in Franklin Square has come up with a new noodle dish, which she and her husband Frankie Perrone are featuring as a special: basil noodles with ground pork and shrimp ($15.95).
As Perrone explains it, the dish is a Thai take on the Italian pasta Bolognese. Made with fat Thai noodles similar to the Japanese udon, it's the kind of dish that allows...Read more »
Muscle Maker Grill, which opened across from Walt Whitman Shops in Huntington Station last year, has closed.
The franchise eatery occupied a little freestanding building that previously hosted Gimme 2, Greek Captain and, before that, Starbucks. A sign on the window says the restaurant has “moved” to Amityville.
The concept here was lean...Read more »
The catch of the day is Anchor Down in Merrick.
It's in the Open Bay Marina, where you'll find two small dining rooms and alfresco tables, too. Anchor Down is at the former site of Sunset Bar & Grill and JD's on the Bay.
Here, chef Stephen Rosenbluth offers traditional and New American seafood, with a few forays elsewhere. There are oysters, including Malpeques and Blue Points, both...Read more »
On a temperate but breezy night not long ago, the front wall of the new Ra-Kang Thai Cuisine was open to the street, as were the windows. The effect was of dining in an open-air pavilion.
Dinner began with a bowl of chicken and coconut soup ($5.95), milky and nuanced. Better yet was the slyly spicy tom yum soup with shrimp ($5.95). There were plenty of plump shrimp in a red curry ($12.95)...Read more »
Brasserie HaLevi brings a bright touch to dining out in Cedarhurst.
The glatt kosher, primarily New American restaurant, is airy, in light hues, with a stylized, modern look and efficient service.
Better choices include the sriracha-marinated spicy fried chicken, which delivers crunchiness and heat, with corn succotash, red cabbage and mashed potatoes on the side. Also tasty is...Read more »