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Marjorie Robins is Newsday's Food Editor.
Cavaniola’s, Sag Harbor’s specialty market, has opened a satellite location inside Vines & Branches, the olive oil and balsamic emporium on Main Street in Greenport.
Michael and Tracey Cavaniola preside over a little gastronomic empire that also includes a cheese store, takeout shop and wine cellar in Sag Harbor and a Manhattan branch in TriBeCa. The Greenport store opened on April 10.
Tracey...Read more »
Montauk's Navy Beach, one of Long Island's most summery restaurants and night spots, reopens for the warm-weather season on Friday.
The casual, beachside eatery stands out for its local clam-and-corn chowder, conch fritters, lobster salad, and buttermilk-fried chicken with Cheddar cornbread and house-made slaw.
New this season are a series of cocktails based on the gin-and-tonic...Read more »
Jani Chinese & Japanese Restaurant in Rockville Centre has closed. The restaurant, part of a Long Island chainlet, served spicy tuna rolls, chicken tempura and mu shu pork. It was located on Sunrise Highway.
Remaining Jani restaurants are scattered all over Long Island, with branches in Wantagh, Mineola, Hicksville and Huntington Station. ...Read more »
Rejoice, George Echeverria fans. Today marks the official opening of the chef’s new restaurant, Eric’s Italian Bistro in Mineola
Echeverria’s first restaurant, Soigne in Woodmere, was a South Shore favorite for eight years before the chef headed north to Huntington to join the team that opened Amicale in Huntington in 2011. A year later he took over the kitchen at Andiamo in Mineola, with...Read more »
Art Gustafson who, last year, took over as chef at Chadwick’s at the Station in Rockville Centre, just bought the restaurant. First thing he did was change the name to Chadwick’s American Chop House & Bar. And, Gustafson said, he is embarking on a remodeling process inside and out. Instead of closing the restaurant, though, he will be updating one room at a time. Come the warmer weather, he...Read more »
Heather West — the season 2 winner of Fox’s “Hell’s Kitchen” — has bid arrivederci to Ciao Baby in Commack and Massapequa Park, where she was executive chef for over a year. She is now chef at Thatched Cottage, a catering venue in Centerport.
At Ciao Baby, co-owner Frank Cammarata is now back in charge of the kitchen. Cammarata said that he is sticking with the menu that he and West planned...Read more »
Perusing the lunch menu today at La Piazza in Melville, I was immediately drawn to the capellini cakes ($11), described as “golden-fried pasta cakes, stuffed with green peas, Parma prosciutto, mozzarella, over pink sauce.”
How could those be bad? They sound like the fried capellini balls at King Umberto in Elmont, one of the tastiest morsels on Long Island. I ordered the appetizer as soon...Read more »
It was a busy winter for Joe Celano, owner of La Casa Cafe at Crab Meadow Beach in Northport. Celano, along with two members of La Casa's crew, remodeled the interior of the restaurant without professional help. Now, said Celano, there’s a bigger waiting space as well as an expanded bar area with new hardwood floors. A 70-inch flat screen TV at the entryway plays a perpetual aquarium scene — unless...Read more »
Sometimes, things are not quite what they seem.
Pictured above: "meatloaf, mashed potatoes, peas and carrots." It's a whimsical dessert at Jack Halyards in Oyster Bay. Chef John Brill constructs a chocolate-Heath bar-banana bread pudding, with vanilla ice cream and a brunoise of cantaloupe and kiwi. The gravy, of course, is warm chocolate sauce.
Visuals aside, it tastes good,...Read more »
Rachel's Waterside Grill, one of the many restaurants on Freeport's Nautical Mile devastated by superstorm Sandy, reopens tonight.
Co-owner Ivan Sayles termed it a “soft opening,“ with a limited menu, as the staff returns to the reborn establishment. He expects the restaurant to have its “grand opening” on April 26. The renovated restaurant now sports a glass wall overlooking the water where...Read more »