The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene
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Cafe Testarossa in Syosset is offering three midweek specials in August.
There's a fixed-price wine dinner on Tuesdays, "Martini Nights" on Wednedays and a $31, Thursday-night lobster special.
Chef William Sansone stuffs the 2-pounder with escarole, corn risotto, garlic, lemon and white wine.
"Martini Night" means $8 drinks and $8 appetizers available from 5 to 10 p.m.
And...Read more »
What made my afternoon, recently, was a visit to the new Magic Taco Corp. in Islip Terrace. The little roadside shack is owned by two chefs — Steven Scalesse, profiled in Newsday’s All-Star chef series as chef-owner of Tullulah’s in Bay Shore, and Devin Delgado, who cooked at Tullulah’s with Scalesse for years. The ultracasual place is painted a bright turquoise...Read more »
Driving down Jericho Turnpike in Bellerose last week, I had a sudden and intense need for a chocolate malted and decided to give Google Maps the chance to help. I keyed in “ice cream” and learned that less than a mile away was a shop selling Hershey’s (a mass-market brand whose chocolate compares very favorably with most of the “homemade” chocolates at local parlors).
I drove by the given...Read more »
Monday’s news of the passing of Walter Goehring, owner of the former Fred’s Diner in Huntington, struck a chord.
I have many memories of meals at Fred’s, which, back in the day, was a gleaming pink diner, and quite retro in appearance. Although the place was known for its sauerbraten, our family went there mainly for burgers and sandwiches. Our two children, who were toddlers during the...Read more »
Randall Grahm, the colorful and creative founder/winemaker of Bonny Doon Vineyards, will be the guest at a wine dinner Wednesday at Brewology, the new beer-centric gastropub in Speonk.
The cost of the dinner is $85 per person. Reservations are recommended. Call 631-801-6221. The dinner starts at 6:30 p.m.
Executive chef Lia Fallon's menu includes ceviche of octopus, shrimp and...Read more »
Breaking news from Shake Shack: The well-regarded burger chain will be going back to previously frozen crinkle-cut fries this fall. This after having converted about half the Shake Shack restaurants (including the Long Island branch in Garden City) to hand-cut fries over the past year.
“We reacted to what we thought we heard,” a posting on the website reads. “But in fact, while listening...Read more »
Jade Garden, a Hauppauge standby for Chinese food for at least a quarter century, has reopened after an 8-month hiatus for a major makeover. The restaurant now has a contemporary new look as well as a revised menu. Featured dishes include pan-fried pork dumplings ($6.75), squid with garlic sauce ($17.50), orange flavored chicken ($12.75), moo shu pork ($12.75), General Tso’s chicken ($15.75)...Read more »
Roslyn Village is inaugurating a Saturday farmers market tomorrow. Find it just east of the post office, at Old Northern Boulevard and East Broadway.
The market was organized by Erik Longabardi, a Long Island native who recently moved back to his hometown from Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Vendors will include Bhumi Farms (produce from Amagansett), Nordic Breads (Finnish-style rustic ryes from Long...Read more »
In this week’s Newsday, Peter M. Gianotti reviews the updated H2O Seafood & Sushi in Smithtown. “Under chef Wayne Cafariella,” he writes, “it seems fresh and new.” There’s an expanded sushi menu (and renovated sushi bar), but the cooked food, including hazelnut-Parmesan-crusted swordfish and “everything”-crusted tuna shines as well.
Joan Reminick visits Crazy Beans, the new Stony Brook...Read more »
Shan-e-Mughlia, a little strip mall spot that opened earlier this year in East Meadow, spotlights the flavors of Pakistan and India.
I stopped into the simply decorated storefront early on a recent evening. While I enjoyed some of what I ate, the experience was a mixed one. Table service was friendly but the food came to the table in random fashion. Preceded by the sound of a microwave beeping...Read more »