The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene
BloggersPeter Gianotti Erica Marcus Joan Reminick Marjorie Robins
In an ongoing search to find Long Island’s best restaurant values, restaurant critic Joan Reminick has plowed through more pad thai, penne ala vodka and pulled pork than she cares to admit. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Joan grew up in a happy home whose only shortcomings were culinary. After a childhood of cooked-to-leather steaks, canned peas and Ore Ida fries, she made it a personal mission to seek out food that’s fresh, lively and carefully prepared. Married to her teen sweetheart, she received a B.A. from Brooklyn College and an M.S. from Hofstra University and taught English and Humanities in a Long Island high school for several years. When her two children were born, she embarked on a writing career and has had both fiction and nonfiction works published in national magazines. She also edited the Zagat Survey of Long Island Restaurants and wrote the book “Exploring Long Island with Newsday.” In addition to doing weekly “Cheap Eats” restaurant reviews, Joan hunts down restaurant news items and writes restaurant-related articles. These days, her motto is: making Long Island a better place to eat, one blog entry at a time.
And now a word from the quality-control patrol.
If I pass Brendel’s Bagels while driving along Route 110 in Huntington Station or Route 111 in Hauppauge or Old Country Road in Westbury, I’ll usually pick up a little tub of the excellent whitefish salad. If I’m not on my way to or from a meal, I’ll eat it while I drive. (Sorry, Officer.)
This morning in Hauppauge I had a little...Read more »
On Fridays during Lent, a two-course, $38 seafood dinner is offered at George Martin's Strip Steak in Great River.
Appetizer choices include mussels sauteed with cherry peppers, white wine and roasted tomato sauce; clams sauteed with garlic in a white wine-butter sauce; and jumbo lump crab meat fondue with sauteed spinach in a Gorgonzola cheese sauce.
Main courses: sauteed scallops and...Read more »
Executive chef Michael Meehan has left H2O: Seafood Grill after a five-year tenure. The Smithtown fish mainstay, part of the Bohlsen Restaurant Group, is undergoing a renovation and expansion of its sushi bar and lounge, although the dining room remains open. Look for a relaunch with some new menu items in April. In the meantime, James McDevitt, the Bohlsens’ corporate executive chef, is supervising ...Read more »
Lombardi's on the Bay is beefing up spring dining with a prime-rib special.
The three-course, fixed-price dinner is available on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, from 3 p.m. until closing. Cost: $32 plus tax and tip. It includes a house salad, a 16-oz. prime rib with potatoes and seasonal vegetables, and dessert.
Lombardi's on the Bay is part of the group that includes Mamma Lombardi's in...Read more »
From high-end Italian to value-priced Colombian, with every kind of Indian in between, there may be no town on Long Island with a more eclectic assortment of great eating than Hicksville. (And don’t forget the Swedish meatballs at Ikea — 15 of them for $4.99.)
LUIGI Q, 400 S. Oyster Bay Rd., Hicksville, 516-932-7450
At Luigi Q, one of Long Island’s best Italian restaurants, consider...Read more »
Legal Sea Foods, shuttered last month after a carbon-monoxide leak killed its general manager and sickened dozens, has reopened. The seafood restaurant at Walt Whitman Shops in Huntington Station is now equipped with new carbon monoxide detectors and, according to the chain's president and chief executive, Roger Berkowitz, has implemented a safety plan that “exceeds” state standards.
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Wildfish reopens for the season in Freeport on Thursday, March 13, unveiling a new menu. It's the start of an extended weekend of specials culminating on St. Patrick's Day.
Chef-partner Brad Rubano's fare now includes kung pao-style calamari; honey-chicken and shrimp flatbreads; Maryland crabcakes; paella with seafood, chorizo sausage and chicken; and a lobster-enriched Cobb salad.
The...Read more »
There’s a new Tom Schaudel venture on the horizon, but this time it’s his daughter Courtney who is the driving force. Courtney, a former waitress at CoolFish in Syosset, has teamed up with CoolFish’s longtime chef Lenny Campanelli to open The Petulant Wino in Aquebogue. (Tom Schaudel operates A Lure and A Mano on the North Fork, as well as Jewel in Melville.)
The Wino takes over the gracious,...Read more »
Bramasole Italian Restaurant has taken over the New Hyde Park space that last housed Vintage and, before that, Testaccio at the Gardens. Chef-owner Domingo Rodriguez, who cooked at Cara Mia Due in Seaford, said he named the dining spot for the house in the movie “Under the Tuscan Sun.” Its interior is painted a sunny yellow and warmed by a fieldstone fireplace.
Instead of authentically...Read more »
Reel hooks you.
The waterside restaurant, which succeeds The Fishery, delivers a quick, casual and tasty preview of spring and summer. It spurs alfresco daydreams.
Chef Adam Goldgell, best known for his appearances on Food Network shows and his cooking at Sugo in Long Beach, sends out flavorful, unpretentious seafood dishes. And the restaurant is fine for the entire family.
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