The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene
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Keith Davidson, a graduate of Huntington High School, is back in town as the new chef at Vitae Restaurant & Wine Bar.
He's also an alumnus of Johnson & Wales University. Davidson previously cooked at the Montauk Lake Club in Montauk, as well as the departed Rocco's in Sag Harbor and restaurants in Massachusetts and St. John in the Virgin Islands.
Davidson succeeds Steven Del...Read more »
The Panera Bread on Old Country Road (just west of Manetto Hill Road) in Plainview offers something no other Long Island branch provides: a drive-through window.
Which means that without leaving your car, you can get anything on the store’s cafe and bakery menu. Like a Mediterranean egg white sandwich in the morning. Or, for lunch or dinner, chicken noodle soup and a chipotle chicken panino....Read more »
About 15 million Americans will celebrate Thanksgiving by dining out, according to a survey by the National Restaurant Association.
Some will do it at Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton.
The four-star restaurant will offer a four-course dinner for $125. There's an $85 supplement if you'd like white truffles with the pasta course.
Before you make the phone call, note that the restaurant...Read more »
So, I'm driving along Jericho Turnpike in Huntington Station this morning when suddenly, I spot a Gabila’s knish truck. Aha, I think; the square (fried) knishes are back on Long Island — this following a September fire at the company’s Copiague plant, which created a national shortage.
Immediately, I launch into detective mode and follow that truck. The driver makes a turn and I trail him...Read more »
At Thyme in Roslyn, a creative roster of burgers is featured every Wednesday night, along with $5 draft beers and live music in the restaurant’s bar.
On the burger menu: a choice of a sirloin beef or turkey burger on a challah roll with such toppings as Port-caramelized onions and Stilton ($14) and shiitake, chanterelle and cremini mushrooms with truffled goat cheese ($16).
There’s also...Read more »
Mekan Gyro & Grill in Medford does double duty as both a Turkish grocery and a counter-serve cafe. Fancy it’s not. But if you get past the lack of amenities (dinnerware is Styrofoam and plastic), you can eat amazingly well — and for very little money.
On a recent evening, a meal began with a plate of mixed appetizers ($9.95): Standouts included subtly garlicky hummus, tahini-enriched baba...Read more »
There’s a bit of irony in the name of the burger spot that just made its debut in the former Plainview home of Cheeburger Cheeburger (which still has locations in Farmingdale and Great Neck). DirtyBurger is all about clean eating — hormone and antibiotic-free beef and from-scratch preparations. Even the ketchup is made on premises.
Chef-owner Ian Russo came up with the name after winning a...Read more »
1019 Café in Northport has closed. The address-named strip mall eatery offered a Continental menu and was known for large portions at moderate prices. “We serve everything from hamburgers and sandwiches to filet mignon and lobster tails,” its website read.
Years ago, the restaurant spawned the short-lived 1019 Coffeehouse, which was situated across the road in the site that now hosts Cook’s...Read more »
It’s a cheese store. It’s a coffee shop. It’s a bar. It’s a restaurant. It’s a takeout shop.
Ideal Cheese & Wine Cafe, which opened last week in the former digs of Daisho, aims to do it all.
Ideal got its start in 1954 as a cheesemonger in Manhattan. In 2012 a satellite branch opened in the back of The Crushed Olive oil-and-vinegar emporium on Main Street in Huntington Village. Now...Read more »
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 »