The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene
BloggersPeter Gianotti Erica Marcus Joan Reminick Marjorie Robins
Hoping to bring a little of their home state's hot dog tradition to Port Jefferson Station, Connecticut entrepreneurs Jonathan Gavern and Mark Argraves just launched Long Island Dogs in Port Jefferson Station. Anyone who has ever pulled off I-95 to Connecticut for a pit stop at Swanky Franks in Norwalk, Super Duper Weenie in Fairfield or Merritt Canteen in Bridgeport, knows just how serious our...Read more »
Three of Long Island's 17 La Bottega franchises have gone independent, each changing its name but keeping most of the grill-pressed sandwiches and salads from before. On the menu, some dishes have also had name changes.
In Huntington, the former La Bottega is now called New York Panini. Owner Joe Quirke said what used to be called the Susan salad, made with breaded chicken cutlets, hot peppers...Read more »
A new burger chain makes its Long Island debut Tuesday. BurgerFi, based in Florida, will start serving a menu of cooked-to-order hormone-and-antibiotic-free burgers, specialty hot dogs, freshly cut fries and more. Sustainability is big here, with recycled materials used to fabricate the furniture. Chairs, for example, are fashioned out of recycled Coke bottles.
On the menu: the BurgerFi burger...Read more »
Parkside Cafe, perched above the canals of Seaford, was nearly demolished by superstorm Sandy. As owner Joe Bonomo tells it, the place had to be stripped down to the studs, its interior rebuilt entirely.
Now, freshly remodeled, the Parkside has reopened and will feature live music tonight. On chef Matthew Vitale’s menu: kung pao calamari ($14), tuna tartare ($17), Cajun spiced jumbo diver...Read more »
The Whale’s Tale, situated in Northport’s Brittania Marina, has opened for the season — and beyond. Owner Sosh Andriano said that a newly installed detachable glass enclosure keeps the chill winds away and may make it possible for the water-view place to stay open most of the year. The enclosure is stowed in summer, when plastic wind curtains are used on rainy days. For very hot days, a new misting...Read more »
In this week’s Newsday, Peter Gianotti visits Hemisphere in Bay Shore, a self-described “bar-lounge-restaurant” which “comes across in exactly that order. The stylized, upbeat spot livens up nightlife in Bay Shore with high-decibel music and high-octane beverages.” The kitchen is under the direction of Jeffery Slade (most recently at Madison’s on Hillside in Williston Park) whose “carefully manicured...Read more »
Madison’s on Hillside, which opened last September at 38 Hillside Ave. in Williston Park , has closed, according to Joe Lester, chef-owner of The Ivy Cottage, Madison’s predecessor. The attractive New American restaurant earned two stars from Newday's Peter M. Gianotti when chef Jeffrey Slade was in the kitchen. (Slade has since moved on to Hemisphere in Bay Shore.)...Read more »
When ground is broken for the new Long Beach boardwalk, this Saturday, April 27, Alan Adams, owner of Sugo Cafe in Long Beach, will be there at 11:30 a.m. with his new food truck, Beach Buns & Bites.
Among the items Adams will be selling is a “GSR” (Grandma’s secret recipe) burger ($6), an “Istanbun,” which is a chipotle hummus-stuffed pickle that’s wrapped in falafel, deep fried...Read more »
Opera House, the four-month-old Asian-fusion restaurant that opened in the former Roslyn Heights home of Tofu, proved to be a very mixed bag on a recent visit, with high highs, and very low lows.
I was there with a friend who had never tried honey-walnut shrimp, the resolutely inauthentic and improbably delicious Chinese dish made from battered, deep-fried shrimp and sugar-infused, deep-fried...Read more »
If you're planning ahead for a Cinco de Mayo celebration, then you might want to take advantage of the deals at Island Empanada in Ronkonkoma, whose 2nd anniversary just happens to coincide with the holiday. Owner Roy Pelaez has come up with some celebratory takeout specials for parties. They're available Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5. It helps to order in advance.
Here's what you...Read more »