The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene
BloggersPeter Gianotti Erica Marcus Joan Reminick Marjorie Robins
The offshoot of a downtown Manhattan taqueria, Tacombi at Fonda Nolita, is now turning out tacos and more in downtown Montauk. Its East End name is La Brisa, and it occupies the former digs of La Bodega, a space whose curved outer walls are lined with expansive windows.
Tortillas are made on premises using an imported Mexican tortilla machine. In the morning, you’ll find such dishes as chilaquiles...Read more »
A new head chef, Christopher Lano, now helms the kitchen at Bistro 44 in Northport. Previously, Lano was executive chef at XO Restaurant Wine & Chocolate Lounge in Huntington. With him in Northport as chef de cuisine is Walter Ochoa, who was sous chef at XO.
On Lano’s new menu: lemon dusted fried calamari ($11), spinach ricotta tartlet ($9), wild mushroom ravioli in black truffle...Read more »
If you’re flying out of JFK’s Terminal 4, don’t bother to eat before you leave the house. The Delta-anchored terminal, which underwent a complete renovation a few years ago, is now launching an ambitious new food program.
Among the new offerings are Shake Shack, the cult burger-custard stand (whose sole Long Island location is in Westbury); Blue Smoke, Danny Meyer’s Manhattan barbecue mecca;...Read more »
In this week’s Newsday, Peter Gianotti reviews Luso, Smithtown’s “recently relocated and now sprawling, all-you-can-eat churrasqueira…devoted to Portuguese ‘wood-char BBQ.’ ”
Joan Reminick visits Bread & Butter Bistro, attached to the Ramada Plaza in Holtsville. It’s “a handsome pub that’s open nearly round the clock on weekends,” she writes, and the “burgers are a night owl’s dream.”
Meat...Read more »
This week exploreLI.com publishes the eighth in a 10-week series of stories picking the Top 10 restaurants on Long Island in 10 different, popular categories. They are: Asian, Italian, International, Asian-fusion, steak, New American, sushi, Mediterranean/Middle Eastern, seafood and a more general one, Cheap Eats.
This week: Sushi. Click here to see our picks. The favorite: Ginza in Massapequa.
To...Read more »
Trata, the high-end Greek seafood restaurant, reopens in Water Mill tonight with two new chefs in the kitchen.
Executive Chef Greg Ling, who recently left The Riverhead Project, succeeds chef Luis Falcon, who earned Trata a three-star rating in Newsday at the now-closed Roslyn branch. Falcon also was chef in Water Mill. Chef de cuisine Stavros Arampatzidis comes to Water Mill from Thessaloniki,...Read more »
Get ready to carbo-load in Amityville.
Vero, the popular Italian restaurant, offers unlimited, tableside servings of three housemade pastas, plus a choice of appetizer or salad, for $19.95. The special is available every Wednesday.
Joseph Rosselli is the executive chef at Vero. He had been sous chef. Earlier this year, he succeeded Massimo Fedozzi, who'd earned the restaurant a 3-1/2...Read more »
Following an extensive post-Sandy renovation, the former Hudson & McCoy in Freeport is to open this Thursday, May 23, with new owners and a new name. Now known as Hudsons on the Mile, the seafood-focused restaurant is owned by Butch Yamali, whose holdings also include Maliblue Oyster Bar in Lido Beach, as well as several catering properties.
“We put in a sushi bar and updated the menu,”...Read more »
Located in the heart of downtown Lynbrook is the new Village Square, which makes its home in the cavernous space that, most recently, housed JMags Downtown Grill and, before that, Broadway Beanery. Owner Giuseppe Magnotta describes the place as an American grill with a menu that focuses on appetizers but also features burgers, pastas, salads, steaks and seafood.
Some dinner possibilities:...Read more »
Ocean, which looks onto Long Island Sound, is the new restaurant at the Crescent Beach Club in Bayville. It succeeds the Pine Island Grill.
The eclectic menu includes appetizers such as lobster sliders, beet-and-goat cheese napoleon, and shellfish cocktails. The main dishes take in broiled, boiled or stuffed lobster; chile-rubbed scallops; ginger-glazed salmon; steaks and a "summer clambake"...Read more »