The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene
BloggersPeter Gianotti Erica Marcus Joan Reminick Marjorie Robins
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 »
A “for rent” sign hangs on the storefront that once housed Juliebelle’s Gourmet Market & Sandwich Shop in Great Neck.
The Northern Boulevard shop did a mostly takeout business, specializing in sandwiches with whimsical, sci-fi-related names. Most everything — including fries and mayonnaise — were made from scratch.
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This has all the earmarks of a Long Island first: a restaurant serving the cuisine of Ghana and West Africa.
The Ellas Taste of Africa, tucked into a laundromat strip mall in Deer Park, offers such dishes as amala (yam balls) with stewed tilapia sauce and plantain fufu (dumplings) with palm nut, peanut and pepper soup. The restaurant is owned by a married couple — Isaac Asare and Gloria Yeboah...Read more »
Sip Tea Lounge, the new tea shop/salon in Huntington, is holding an introduction-to-tea class on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 12, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Nicole Basso, the shop’s owner, will expound on the history of tea, the five main types (green, black, white, oolong and pu-erh), where it is grown and how it is processed. Tea will be served.
The cost is $25 per person. Registration is required.
Sip...Read more »
Michael Rozzi, who led the kitchen at the departed Della Femina restaurant, is the new chef at The 1770 House in East Hampton.
Rozzi succeeds Matt Birnstill. Kevin Penner continues as executive chef at The 1770 House, where he earned the restaurant a three-star rating in Newsday. The 1770 House also is an historic inn.
Earlier, Rozzi cooked at Le Chef in Southampton and the Inn at Quogue....Read more »