The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene
BloggersPeter Gianotti Erica Marcus Joan Reminick Marjorie Robins
In this week’s Newsday Joan Reminick reviews Huntington’s Ideal Cheese & Wine Cafe, “a multitasking champ” that “functions as an early-morning coffee shop, an artisanal cheese purveyor and a full-service cafe.” Among the winners on chef Matthew Kornfeld’s cheese-centric menu are zucchini “spaghetti” tossed with Parmigiano-Reggiano, pine nuts, basil and house-made ricotta, bodacious macaroni...Read more »
The snazzy new Chow Down Diner is dishing up mac 'n' cheese and malted milkshakes in the renovated space that once housed the Bethpage Townhouse Diner. With a Jetsons-style design, nostalgic yet contemporary, it’s quite the eye-catcher, inside and out.
Although the place started out under the umbrella of the Singh Hospitality Group, it is now owned by Gold Coast Hospitality, headed by Ruby...Read more »
Heather West, who won Season 2 of “Hell’s Kitchen,” is the new executive chef at Schafer’s in Port Jefferson, replacing Paul Govin. She was most recently executive chef at Jellyfish and the Thatched Cottage in Centerport; before that she ran the kitchens at Ciao Baby in Commack and Massapequa Park.
It’s a homecoming for West, who grew up in Port Jefferson and now lives just up the road from...Read more »
Roses and chocolate are familiar themes for Valentine's Day. Then, there are blood oranges.
They certainly have the right tint, and their mix of sweet and tart reflects romance in its own way. And Almond restaurant in Bridgehampton celebrates the citrus and the holiday with a four-course dinner themed to the fruit.
It will be available on Feb. 14, starting at 5 p.m. Cost: $65 per person.
Chef...Read more »
After many delays, Massa’s Coal Fired Brick Oven Pizzeria has opened in the Huntington space (fronting a municipal parking lot) that last hosted Guido’s.
Pizzaiolo Bill Massa, whose family owns the restaurant, had already attracted a following at his former pizza spot on Jericho Turnpike in Huntington Station (now operating as Monaco's Coal-Fired Pizza), which he sold in 2009.
Here in...Read more »
Valentine's Day is big at restaurants on Long Island and almost everywhere else. Here are some that are offering specials for the festivities, especially for dessert.
After the Chateaubriand or steamed lobster for two, decide among the Valrhona chocolate bombe, vanilla cheesecake, mocha creme brulee, or chocolate-covered strawberries at View in Oakdale.
After the coriander-crusted pork...Read more »
BlonDee’s Bistro & Bar in Huntington has closed.
The place was launched back in 2012 as Two Blondes and a Stove, serving only breakfast and lunch. A split between partners led to a new name, BlonDee’s Bistro, with Dena Fenza the sole blonde behind the business.
During its short life, BlonDee's added a dinner repertoire of small plates, underwent a televised management “makeover”...Read more »
There are no more seats available for Valentine's Day in the romantic dining room of Bay Shore's The Lake House, but the restaurant is offering a romantic three-course menu that can be picked up on the evening of Friday, Feb. 14, reheated and served at home.
The minimum order is two meals, but if you’re having a dinner party for Valentine’s Day (hey, it could happen), order away. Each diner...Read more »
Between snowstorms, soups matter even more. There are two very good ones at J.A. Heneghan's Tavern in Point Lookout.
Chef Nicole Roarke prepares a fine "five onion" French onion soup, bracing and satisfying, with deeper flavors than usual. And her rich, New England-style clam chowder also is worth the visit.
There's plenty of pub-style fare here. But Roarke elevates it and just about...Read more »
Say goodbye to the Patchogue branch of Canz-a-Citi Roadhouse, a big, boisterous bar and grill where multiple TVs blared multiple sports events and female servers in tank tops and short-shorts ferried food and drink to tables.
Meanwhile, in the vacated space, a new barbecue spot is getting ready to open within the next couple of months.
The original Westbury branch of Canz-a-Citi Roadhouse...Read more »