The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene
BloggersPeter Gianotti Erica Marcus Joan Reminick Marjorie Robins
Weekends are a 24-hour affair at the new Bread & Butter Bistro in Holtsville. The pub-style eatery, attached to the Ramada Plaza Long Island hotel, serves round the clock both Friday and Saturday.
British-born Piers Stringer, who is also executive chef at the Emporium in Patchogue, has scaled down his ambitious opening menu. Gone are the steak and biscuits and chicken potpie, replaced...Read more »
Graceful Rose, the Port Jefferson restaurant that owner Richard Morrison opened with lottery winnings, has a new executive chef: Massimo Fedozzi, most recently of Vero in Amityville.
Fedozzi replaces Vincent Michaels, who created the menu and oversaw the kitchen when the waterside restaurant opened last fall.
A gifted Italian chef, Fedozzi said that he is working on a new menu. For now,...Read more »
The amount of protein and the level of cholesterol in Smithtown have just spiked.
Newcomer Luso is packed with diners reveling in the assortment of grilled meats that's the churrascaria's specialty. Waiters arrive brandishing skewers of them, and you choose what you want.
But, while the all-you-can-eat carnivore's carnival offers quantity, sometimes chewing the red meat is like nibbling...Read more »
A burrito can be whatever you want it to be at the new East Coast Burrito Co. in East Setauket. The new casual counter-serve eatery offers a “build-a-burrito” option, allowing eaters to get creative with a set list of Tex-Mex ingredients.
“People like to customize their food,” said chef co-owner Tim Martino, who cooked at Toast in Port Jefferson. For $8.95, you get to pick a protein — like...Read more »
The May 3 reopening of Claudio's Clam Bar in Greenport coincided with the dockside eatery's 25th anniversary. This according to manager Steve Pisacano, who said that while the docks and bulkheads were badly damaged by superstorm Sandy, the structure itself wasn't compromised despite taking on some water.
The nearby and more formal Claudio's Restaurant, a block away, has been open about a month....Read more »
Jetty Bar & Grill, the post-Sandy reincarnation of Bahia Social Club, opened last night in Long Beach's still-recovering West End.
Bahia’s original owners Mike Orza and John Rugolsky have been joined by partner Chris Fiumara. According to Fiumara, the place has been entirely revamped, with a “beachy feel,” a raised ceiling and a communal table made out of reclaimed wood and rails from...Read more »
Roslyn is back up to its full complement of three ambitious Greek restaurants; Kyma joins MP Taverna and Limani in Long Island’s epicenter of Greek gastronomy.
Kyma takes over the freestanding building that housed Trata Estiatorio. (Trata’s seasonal Hampton’s location will be opening soon in Water Mill.) The new restaurant’s owners are John Chatiris, who owns Ethos Gallery restaurant in Manhattan,...Read more »
Doppio Artisan Bistro brings a very good, casual Italian restaurant to downtown Huntington.
You could ask whether the restaurant hub needs another one, but Doppio does carve its own welcome niche.
It's the offspring of a similar restaurant in Greenwich, Connecticut. The new branch sends out tasty pizzas and pastas, plus panini, salads and a few savory main courses with meat or seafood.
You'll...Read more »
In this week’s Newsday, Joan Reminick reviews Cucina di Vargas in Hewlett. The eponymous chef-owner, Narciso “Bien” Vargas, spent years at the helm of Hewlett's now-departed Matteo’s, which “earned him a sizable local following. Now, at the Italian restaurant that bears his name, he proves he hasn't lost his touch.”
Peter M. Gianotti visits the revamped Rein at the Garden City Hotel. Both...Read more »
In conjunction with National Hamburger Month — as if you didn’t know it fell in May — Friendly’s Ice Cream has launched an online build-your-own burger contest. It’s open to anyone 15 years or older.
Contestants design a burger by selecting a bread, protein, cheeses and toppings from a set list of ingredients and accompaniments, to be found at friendlys.com/burgerbash. The deadline for entering...Read more »