The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene
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One of Long Island's top Turkish-Mediterranean restaurants just opened a new branch. Istanbul Cafe II, the offshoot of Istanbul Cafe in Centereach, is serving meze, kebabs and other Turkish and Mediterranean specialties in the St. James space that last housed FeelGoods Cafe.
Chef owner Sinan Yagci shuttles between both his restaurants. Although the new place lacks a brick oven for such specialties...Read more »
You now have two new places to eat as the food scene at Walt Whitman Shops mall in Huntington Station continues to expand.
There's the new Brio Tuscan Grille, part of a chain based in Columbus, Ohio, that has as its motto “Italian food inspired by Tuscany.” On the dinner menu: beef carpaccio ($12.95), Margherita flatbread ($13.35), pasta pesto made with — really? — feta ($14.95) and chicken...Read more »
Sal’s Ristorante replaces DiMaggio’s on Jericho Turnpike in Smithtown. The original DiMaggio’s in Port Washington is under separate ownership and is open.
Executive chef Pedro Alvarez, who cooked at both DiMaggio’s locations over the past years, offers an Italian menu featuring such dishes as sausage and zucchini with melted Gorgonzola ($8.95), pizzetta Napolitana ($9.50), spaghetti and meatballs...Read more »
Ming Sushi & Asian has taken over the space that used to house Ten Ten Asian Sushi Bistro in Mount Sinai.
The menu stars sushi with a side of Japanese standards and Asian fusion dishes. In the mix: salmon carpaccio ($10), salmon avocado roll ($5), rock shrimp tempura ($8), chirashi ($16), chicken teriyaki ($14) and lemongrass grilled shrimp ($15)
Ming Sushi & Asian is at 331...Read more »
Plancha Tapas and Wine Bar is newly uncorked in the Garden City space that last housed Upper Crust Cafe. The place is under the same ownership as Salumi in Massapequa.
Co-owner Joshua Kobrin said that plancha is the Spanish word for a big flat-top steel grill. Just such a grill is situated behind the bar and turns out many of the dishes on the menu of chef Giuseppe Agostino, former sous chef...Read more »
More than a year in the making, Jam in Massapequa Park is finally ready. The days-old breakfast and lunch spot is owned by Peter Mangouranes and brothers Paul and Anthony Oliva, who also co-own The Good Life, a block away, and The Phoenix in Seaford. Mangouranes is a partner, as well, at The Republic in Farmingdale.
Almost everything served is made from scratch, said Mangouranes, describing...Read more »
Dell’Amore Pizzeria and Spaghetti House in Seaford is another post-Sandy rescue story. The little place, formerly Carmine’s Pizzeria, had been destroyed by the storm when it was bought by Scott Meisel. Meisel had cooking and management experience at such places as Aldo’s of Floral Park, 56th Fighter Group in Farmingdale and the Garden City Hotel.
After extensive renovation, the eatery opened...Read more »
The Park Sports Bar & Grill just opened in the former Long Beach digs of Corbin & Reynolds. The 250-seat place has more than 40 big screen TVs, as well as 32 beers on draft. In the kitchen is consulting chef Marc Anthony Bynum, who holds the same position at Cue Nine in Levittown. Formerly, Bynum helmed the kitchen at Tellers in Islip and Rookies Sports Club in Huntington.
Bynum...Read more »
If hunger hits while you’re prowling the racks at Neiman Marcus Last Call or the Banana Republic Factory Store, it might come in handy to know that Milano Pizzeria & Ristorante is the newest eating option at Tanger Outlet at the Arches in Deer Park. Find it in the space last occupied by Fratelli Trattoria.
Like its predecessor, it offers choices that range from a quick slice of pizza to...Read more »
Fans of the Shanghai phenomenon known as the soup dumpling can rejoice in the opening of Red Tiger Dumpling House in Stony Brook. Long Islanders haven't seen this delicacy since the last dumpling house left the island a couple of years ago.
The modest-looking little place, in a freestanding building at the edge of a strip mall, offers authenticity at bargain prices. Yes, there’s table...Read more »