The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene
BloggersPeter Gianotti Erica Marcus Joan Reminick Marjorie Robins
Tucked away in a modest Centereach strip mall, its exterior sign reading merely “Gyro,” Istanbul Cafe gives little hint of the culinary trip within.
A recent dinner began with an assortment of meze ($12.50), all resonantly flavorful: three kinds of eggplant salads, hummus, ezme (a spicy vegetable dip), served with warm, crusty, house-made bread. “Everything, we make here,” the waitress said...Read more »
With high heat in the forecast for the next few days, I’m thinking about the folk wisdom of fighting fire with fire. In that spirit, here are four mega-hot dishes to light you up and cool you down this weekend:
At Southern Spice in New Hyde Park, which serves the cuisine of the Chettinad region of India, the appetizer called “chicken 65” is a real firecracker. It’s made with spice- marinated...Read more »
In this week's Newsday, Joan Reminick takes us to Yao’s Diner, an attractive little eatery in a Centereach strip mall that may be Long Island’s most authentic Chinese restaurant. The emphasis here is on the forceful, fragrant and fiery cuisine of the Sichuan region, though the menu also includes some more familiar Cantonese classics.
Peter Gianotti reviews Ciao Bella!, the Southern-Italian...Read more »