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Marjorie Robins is Newsday's Food Editor.
When Guy Reuge announced that his four-star restaurant, Mirabelle, would switch to a more spontaneous, farm-to-table, fixed-price approach, devotees understandably wondered why.
They shouldn't be concerned. Mirabelle remains a plum.
Reuge's menus now change daily, with perhaps a half-dozen choices for each course. Some dishes may stay on for a few days. And the two-course "duck...Read more »
If you’re still casting about for a cranberry-sauce recipe, I offer this simple, delicious one. I was originally going to make it with fresh and dried cranberries, but then I looked at the dried-cranberry package and noticed they contained sugar and oil. Sugar, I can understand — cranberries are very tart . But oil? What’s up with that? So I opted for dried cherries.
Of course, you could use...Read more »
The new 212 Sushi Lounge in Rockville Centre takes over the former digs of Chichen Itza, a short-lived Mexican restaurant. The space has been entirely gutted and renovated, said Jeff Foroglou, who co-owns the new dining spot with Barry Huang, a partner at Aji 53 in Bay Shore and Smithtown.
The menu, said Foroglou, covers a lot more than sushi. It lists crispy rock shrimp tempura ($9), oysters...Read more »
Modern Snack Bar, the home-cooking mainstay in Aquebogue, is up to here in Thanksgiving orders, starting with the mashed turnips advertised on its marquee.
But, in addition to its delicious preparation of the root vegetable currently starring at North Fork farm stands, the restaurant also is offering a true Long Island treat: Peconic Bay scallops. The season started earlier this month.
Modern...Read more »
With his new Latin-inflected eatery, Mike Diaz is making the leap from backyard barbecuer to restaurateur.
Diaz isn’t just any backyard barbecuer. Since he got bitten by the BBQ bug 2½ years ago, he and his team Buenos Diaz BBQ (motto: Living la Vida BBQ) have been finalists in a number of local barbecue competitions, including a first place for ribs at the 2013 Smokin’ at the Maples New York...Read more »
The new Wild Rose Bar & Grill in Farmingdale was the scene of a recent lunch — and a promising one, at that.
The simply but tastefully appointed eatery, under the same ownership as The Rosewood Inn in Melville, occupies a freestanding building on New Highway just north of Republic Airport. The afternoon I went, one valiant waiter did double duty tending bar and taking orders in the dining...Read more »
New to Hicksville is George’s Place, a casual counter-serve eatery serving Greek and American specialties. Chef-owner George Mirmigos said he makes just about everything from scratch — including hand-cut fries. The only exception, he said, is the gyro, which is commercially made.
On the menu: a horiatiki salad of tomato, onion, cucumbers feta and olives ($9.95), a cheeseburger ($5.50), a ...Read more »
George Martin The Original in Rockville Centre and George Martin's Strip Steak in Great River are adding a complimentary $50 gift certificate when you buy a $100 gift card at the restaurants on Black Friday.
The cash-only, day-after-Thanksgiving promotion is limited to one per table. The certificate may be redeemed after Jan. 2, 2014.
George Martin The Original, 60 N. Park Ave., Rockville...Read more »
In this week’s Newsday, Peter Gianotti reviews J. Michaels Tuscan Steakhouse, the Oyster Bay offshoot of the Northport original that opened last year. J. Michaels Part II “transforms what was the hushed Mill River Inn and, recently, flashy Serata. It's now a deluxe bastion of beef, reinforced with splashy seafood and Italian cuisine. The potent combo is heir to the upscale continentals and refined...Read more »
There will be some extra sparkle at The Vine Wine Bar on Nov. 27.
The day before Thanksgiving, the Merrick bar hosts Sparkling Pointe of Southold, a winery devoted to making Champagne-style bubbly. The session is from 7 to 9 p.m.
There will be free tastings of Sparkling Pointe wines, a question-and-answer session, and a limited number of vouchers for free tours of the vineyard. The Vine...Read more »