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The 12th annual Hamptons Restaurant week is under way with the expected fixed-price dinners. Separately, The Plaza Cafe in Southampton is doing its own version.
Restaurant week, on the East End and elsewhere, typically features a limited selection of dishes on the prix-fixe. Three-course dinners are available for $19.95 and/or $27.95 all night. The participants include stellar spots such as:...Read more »
They had me at the free salad. Even before ordering, every diner at Ahuva’s Grill in Hewlett receives a selection of fresh, vibrant salads. Today’s offerings: cabbage salad, corn salad, chickpea salad and beet salad.
A friend who works in the Five Towns suggested we meet at Ahuva’s for lunch. I’m an ardent supporter of Ahuva’s Grill Express, the restaurant’s shwarma-specialist offshoot in...Read more »
It was only six months ago that Starbucks introduced a new line of baked goods from La Boulange Café & Bakery in San Francisco, improving on previous food choices.
These days, when I grab something to eat with my morning coffee, it’s usually a plain croissant which, while not quite Parisian, is about as flaky and buttery as it gets for 240 calories. Trouble is, there’s no jam, jelly or...Read more »
Dori Korean Restaurant succeeds Ko Gu Ryo in a peak-roofed Commack building that’s hosted a long line of Korean dining spots.
Owner Sean Kim described the cuisine as both Korean and Korean-Chinese, which he defined as Chinese food that's been adapted to Korean tastes. Chef Y.H. Kim is in the kitchen — and, in fact, has been in that same kitchen through several of the building’s previous incarnations.
On...Read more »
I got more than a main course of sole oreganata at Trattoria Four Forty Four in Manhasset the other night. Squeezed into a small space with tables for two only inches apart, I heard the gossip on the dogs and kids of people I’ll probably never see again. We shared pizza preferences, veterinarian recommendations, theories on the missing Malaysian jetliner and the woes of politics at a local attorney’s...Read more »
Now that it’s less chilly, why not head Out East and enjoy some chili? On Sunday, Clovis Point Wines in Jamesport is holding its third annual Great Chili Cookoff.
Five chefs — Lia Fallon (The Riverhead Project), Tom Schaudel (A Lure in Southold, A Mano in Mattituck, Jewel in Melville), Noah Schwartz (Noah’s in Greenport), Erik Brown (Erik’s Breakfast & Lunch in Southold) and Christopher...Read more »
Good, no-frills eating defines the new Madina Kabab House in Bethpage. The casual counter-serve offshoot of the nearby Madina Market features a simple Afghani kebab-centric menu.
We began a recent lunch with potato bolani ($1.99), flaky pastry squares enfolding deftly spiced mashed potatoes. So very comforting. A chicken tikka platter ($8.99) starred two skewers of juicy marinated grilled...Read more »
The colorful cuisine of Argentina arrived in Huntington in 2007 with the opening of the three-star Cafe Buenos Aires. Now comes Sur Argentinian Steakhouse in the space long occupied by Canterbury Ale House.
Two restaurants within blocks of each other, they make downtown Argentina central on an island where the cookery isn't widely represented.
Sur is the offspring of Tango Argentinian...Read more »
South Shore BBQ opened Friday evening in the spacious Patchogue digs that used to house Canz Roadhouse. Since Smokin’ Al’s Bay Shore location closed last year, Bobbique in Patchogue has been going it alone on Suffolk’s South Shore, so this is welcome news for local lovers of smoke. But it gets even better: Tending the fire is Will Breakstone.
Breakstone (nom de fume: Willie B.) is Long Island’s...Read more »
The Village Lanterne, which has been serving German food in downtown Lindenhurst for the past seven years, will be closing on Monday night. This means that if you’re hankering for sauerbraten or some knockwurst on a pretzel bun, you'd better hurry on over.
This isn't, however, the end of the restaurant, which is under the same ownership as the nearby Black Forest Bakery. Owner Tom Lorch said...Read more »