The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene
BloggersPeter Gianotti Erica Marcus Joan Reminick Marjorie Robins
The outdoor Backyard Restaurant at Solé East in Montauk will host an evening of Italian food and film on Saturday, June 15, at 7 p.m. to benefit the Montauk Playhouse Community Center Foundation. If you purchase tickets before Saturday, June 8, the price of the fundraiser is $75; afterward, it goes up to $100 a person.
The chef for that evening will be Ralph Pagano, who is executive chef of...Read more »
This week exploreLI.com publishes the final entry in a 10-week series of stories picking the Top 10 restaurants on Long Island in 10 different, popular categories. They are: Asian, Italian, Cheap Eats, International, Asian-fusion, steak, New American, sushi, Mediterranean / Middle Eastern and seafood.
But we're not quite done. Next week we'll publish a list of 10 great restaurants that didn't...Read more »
New to the ever-evolving Great Neck restaurant scene is Leah’s Bistro, a glatt kosher restaurant occupying the former digs of Dougie’s BBQ, a storefront that, years before, housed Myoora Thai. I stopped in to pick up a menu and recognized the Thai ceiling details from that incarnation.
Chef Shmuel Baum, who hails from Israel, cooked at several big hotels in Tel Aviv. He offers a menu of European,...Read more »
If you’ve been yearning for the Asian lacquered Chilean sea bass or kung pao calamari at Red Fish Grille in Plainview, better get there soon, since Sunday, June 9, will be its last day. This according to owner Art Bloom, who has been slowly but steadily renovating and refurbishing the site.
Bloom first launched Red Fish back in 2002, after transforming an earlier incarnation of his, Fat Artie’s....Read more »
Is there an invisible dome over Nassau County that shields it from current food trends? I am so very tired of being served dinners that would have seemed dated 15 years ago.
Balsamic reduction drizzled with abandon; mesclun deployed wherever a leaf is required; clunky, complicated platings; pink tomatoes; cottony, soulless bread; out-of-season strawberries flanking every dessert.
Chefs,...Read more »
Monday marks the launch of Slider Joe’s, a counter-serve eatery taking a new tack. “Our motto is ‘Right size, not supersize,’” said co-owner John Evangelista. That means instead of a hefty 1/3 pound burger, you're looking at a 2 ½ ounce patty on a slider-sized Martin potato roll.
And it’s not just the classic hamburger slider ($2.30) on the menu. The “Tuscan Joe” features a seasoned...Read more »
It used to be the pride of a gourmet market was how far-flung were its wares — caviar from the Caspian, cheese from the Pyrenees. But the trend nowadays is to source locally. C.J. Gourmet doesn’t draw from quite as small a circle as Taste of the North Fork (which recently relocated from Peconic to Southold); the Greenport store, which opened in May, sells candy, coffee, beverages, condiments, granola,...Read more »
Tomorrow will be the last night for Nisen in Woodbury. The lounge-y sushi spot, which also served a contemporary Japanese-New American menu, opened in 2007. In 2008, it headed the list of Newsday's sushi restaurants.
But the Nisen name goes on. With an existing location in Commack, Nisen will be opening two new Suffolk County branches — one, as already reported, in the former Melville home...Read more »
It’s been months since the Seacrest Diner closed at the intersection of Glen Cove Road and Jericho Turnpike. Shortly thereafter the building was taken down almost to its studs and entirely rebuilt. Last week it opened, christened Old Westbury Diner.
The new Old Westbury is owned by the same team that runs the Williston Townhouse diner in Williston Park, and the menu is essentially the same....Read more »
In this week’s Newsday, Joan Reminick reviews Stango’s at the Orchard, the Glen Cove landmark recently relaunched by a group of investors led by former Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi. Reminick praises the “first-class red sauce” and the “straightforward Italian repertoire melding the skills of chef Gabriel Massaro with the culinary legacy of 96-year-old restaurant matriarch Stella Stango Cocchiola,...Read more »