The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene
BloggersPeter Gianotti Erica Marcus Joan Reminick Marjorie Robins
Ginza of Massapequa, Newsday’s top pick for sushi on Long Island, has opened a second branch in Oceanside: It takes over the bi-level restaurant that used to be Unique (and, before that, Umi).
Unique opened last November with an Asian-fusion menu that combined both a sushi and a raw bar with tapas and preparations using French, New American and Japanese techniques.
Ginza, which opened...Read more »
Noodling around the industrial back roads of Westbury looking for a tile store, I came across Westbury Live Poultry Market, which has occupied this spot for 12 years.
The store isn’t much more than a garage filled with metal crates full of birds, clucking and nibbling corn. There are a variety of chickens — different breeds, roosters and hens, young and old — as well as turkeys, ducks, guinea...Read more »
Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi dishes star at the new Fiza Family Diner, which recently opened in the New Hyde Park space that once housed Chuk Dey India. I stopped into the casual spot to pick up a menu. For now, there's no table service, but rather you order at the counter and your food is brought to a table.
What caught my attention was the roster of kati rolls, a popular...Read more »
Five Towns residents in need of a fast shawarma fix are in luck. Ahuva’s Grill, the two-and-a-half star Yeminite-Israeli restaurant in Hewlett, just spawned a quick-serve takeout spot, Ahuva’s Express, in Lawrence. Like the original spot, this one is glatt kosher.
Co-owner Avi Tsadok said the place is furnished with six bar stools. Every day, the kitchen turns out two kinds of shawarma, similar...Read more »
It was a dish just waiting to happen: the breakfast salad. I encountered it not on Long Island but at a Chicago gastropub called Bangers & Lace.
What it turned out to be was a take on the French salade frisee aux lardons, curly endive that's topped with a poached egg and batons of slab bacon. Here, in addition to an egg, the salad featured bresaola (chewy jerky-like chunks of air-dried...Read more »
A new chef and a more affordably priced menu is on the offing at Fuego Picante, which opened earlier this year in East Meadow to a half-star review from Newsday critic Peter M. Gianotti.
These days, the Mexican food/barbecue spot is helmed by chef Brian Brothers, who has ‘cue experience in Memphis. Choices include the tamale of the day ($6), chicken taquitos ($7), BBQ chicken ($13), enchiladas...Read more »
Quiet, solitary pursuits such as reading and knitting are usually enhanced by a good cup of tea. And if the tea is good enough, the pursuit needn’t even be solitary.
That’s why Sip Tea Lounge in Huntington is starting up a knit-lit club, where customers are invited into the shop to work on their knitting or crochet projects, and to discuss a book. The first meeting is Wednesday, Aug. 28, at...Read more »
What methods does a professional food writer employ to discover new and exciting places to eat? She works her sources, scours social media, fields tips from readers and colleagues. Nothing, however, beats driving aimlessly around Long Island, eyes peeled for chow.
Which is how I came upon Mike’s Portuguese Chicken & Deli in Baldwin Harbor, which opened about two months ago.
The specialty...Read more »
At the new Marble Modern American Steakhouse in Floral Park, a grilled-to-order sirloin burger, capped with Cheddar cheese and flanked by hand-cut fries, is a good choice, says Newsday critic Peter M. Gianotti. The best steak is the 21-day aged New York strip, fibrous and tender, juicy and weighing in at a manageable 14 ounces. Gianotti awards the restaurant two stars. At Tre Sorelle in Sea Cliff,...Read more »
Lunch today at Ephesus in Massapequa Park, the modest Turkish eatery that has emerged as one of the most consistent sources for Mediterranean fare on Long Island. (Check out our Top Ten Mediterranean restaurants of the year here.)
Lunch, it turns out, is even more of a value than dinner. The full menu is available, but so is a three-course fixed price for $10.95. From among the appetizers...Read more »