The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene
BloggersPeter Gianotti Erica Marcus Joan Reminick Marjorie Robins
New in Oceanside is Phat Daddy’s Pub, occupying the former digs of Jonathan's, which was also an Irish pub. In fact, Phat Daddy's owner Michael Weiss said, the site has housed a bar since 1961.
This is one, though, that's serious about its food. A team of three chefs — Theresa Wallach, Scott Boutiette and Robert Reed — puts out a menu of pub-style specialties and just about everything...Read more »
You know it’s a freezing cold Tuesday in the Hamptons when you’re one of only two tables of diners at the Plaza Cafe in Southampton, Newsday’s top pick for seafood restaurants on Long Island.
Staffing is low. Chef-owner Douglas Gulija greets us at the door, takes our coats, seats us, serves us drinks, takes our dinner order, cooks the dinner, serves it, clears the table and bids us good night.
We...Read more »
The Rolling Spring Roll in Farmingdale just rolled out new Sunday hours. Long Island’s only Vietnamese restaurant, previously closed that day, is now open throughout the week. Which means that you can get a classic banh mi sandwich or a bowl of pho (Vietnamese noodle soup) just about any time you want.
“I wanted to take the place to the next level,” said chef-owner Joe Bui, who said that he...Read more »
In this week’s Newsday, Joan Reminick visits BBD’s in Rocky Point, a hip, happening haunt whose eponymous Beer, Burgers and Desserts are given a modern spin by well-seasoned chef-owner Ralph Perrazzo.
Peter Gianotti reviews Garden city’s Revel, the sharp and stylish new restaurant in what used to be the Viking Culinary Center. Sit either in the glittery, high-decibel bar or a quieter artfully...Read more »
Azure Chocolat, a chocolatier and bakery in Greenlawn, will be sampling its Thanksgiving salted caramel apple and pumpkin pies through Saturday, Nov. 16. Everything made and sold at the shop is gluten-free.
Those who try and then order one will receive a 10 percent discount off Thanksgiving pie orders. And for anyone who buys two pies, a third one will be half off. Pies ordinarily cost $20...Read more »
You don’t necessarily think of gelato as a Thanksgiving dessert, but it has some distinctive advantages over pumpkin pie: First, no one expects you to make it yourself and, second, it’s a relatively light finale to a belly-busting meal.
Third, Baci Gelato in Williston Park, one of Newsday’s favorite gelaterias, has come up with some seasonally appropriate flavors: pumpkin pie, maple, caramel-apple...Read more »
Is Long Island ready for a supermarket with Southern charm? The North Carolina-based Fresh Market opened its 149th location Wednesday in Woodbury and pulled out all the stops for its new audience: Employees roamed the aisles with samples of cheese and sushi, stations were set up to offer tastes of prepared foods and sweets, customers received free tote bags. Everyone — from the butcher to the guy...Read more »
One week isn’t long enough for Long Island Restaurant Week — at least for some restaurants.
So several of the participants are extending their $27.95 three-course deals, some through Nov. 30. The list of those continuing is a long one but includes, among others, Black & Blue Seafood Chophouse in Huntington, VIEW in Oakdale, Thyme in Roslyn and Hemingway’s American Bar & Grill in Wantagh.
For...Read more »
A recent visit to the new Jam, a breakfast and lunch cafe in Massapequa Park, revealed that the place has not yet quite jelled.
Not that it isn’t hyper-popular. Or decorated with flair. But the cute corner restaurant couldn’t deliver on the first — and signature — menu item: a jam flight ($6) featuring a trio of house made jams with mini-biscuits and croissants. “We only have one jam,” the...Read more »
Celebrating its 12th anniversary, H2O Seafood Grill in Smithtown is offering a three-course, fixed-price $40 dinner and half-price wines from Monday to Nov. 24.
The wine discounts apply to bottles that ordinarily cost $24 to $450. The wines on the list of more than 100 include Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and Cristal Champagne.
And for $10, diners may order unlimited glasses...Read more »