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Eric's Italian Bistro is like two restaurants under one roof. It's a destination for Italian-American favorites and for creative specialties from chef-owner George Echeverria.
Echeverria has starred with local restaurants, including the now-closed Amicale in Huntington Station, Soigne in Woodmere and Andiamo in Mineola.
Here, the appeal is from old-and-new dishes, including the creamy,...Read more »
Rejoice, George Echeverria fans. Today marks the official opening of the chef’s new restaurant, Eric’s Italian Bistro in Mineola
Echeverria’s first restaurant, Soigne in Woodmere, was a South Shore favorite for eight years before the chef headed north to Huntington to join the team that opened Amicale in Huntington in 2011. A year later he took over the kitchen at Andiamo in Mineola, with...Read more »
Lula Trattoria, the likable, Italian-ish restaurant in Mineola, is now serving lunch Tuesday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Chef Tom Gloster says he is working on a lunch menu, but for now, the dinner menu — composed of many lunch-friendly small plates — is in effect.
Lula Trattoria is at 348 E. Jericho Tpke., Mineola, 516-747-5100....Read more »
Can we just pass a law that requires restaurants to have vestibules? Is there any reason why I should pay good money to dine in a room whose temperature fluctuates between 62 degrees (door closed for a while) and 55 degrees (door opened to direct blast of cold air at my table).
Luckily, the service and the vibe at Vinoco in Mineola exudes warmth and so, during this most recent arctic chill,...Read more »
With Super Bowl XLVII fast approaching, thoughts turn to the host city of New Orleans. Having recently returned from what's arguably America's gastronomic epicenter, after days spent drifting from one super meal to the next, I've gained a renewed appreciation of how well the local Cajun and Creole cuisines are interpreted by Long Island chefs.
I compared the crusty, flaky and decidedly oversize...Read more »
The menu at the new Lula Trattoria in Mineola is divided into a dozen sections and offers “one big tasting of little plates,'' writes Peter Gianotti in this week's Fine Dining review. He especially liked the tuna crudo and duck prosciutto. Gianotti gave the restaurant two stars.
At the Aegean Grill in East Northport, Joan Reminick says in her Cheap Eats review to try the chargrilled octopus...Read more »
It’s game time at Game Master Grill, a Mineola restaurant where patrons can play board games while eating hamburgers and ribs.
Owners and brothers Duane and Dave VanderWerf have a board game store in Hicksville, which has a limited menu. The new Mineola store/restaurant expands on that with offerings like quesadillas for $6.95, salads, and sandwiches (Granny Smith apples thinly sliced with...Read more »
Circa Enoteca, the Italian restaurant that closed in May, has been reborn as Lula Trattoria, which aims to split the difference between Italian and small plates. “Tasting is fun,” declares the menu, which has been “crafted to sample and share a variety of dishes.”
I confess that approach is usually lost on me: I’m virtually immune to variety, happily admit that in my book no panoply of plates...Read more »
A hot home-cooked breakfast may not, at the moment, be possible at your home. So think about fueling body and spirit at a local restaurant or diner that’s warm and welcoming.
We give you some of our all-time favorite breakfast havens. While all were up and running as of Wednesday afternoon, it's best to call before setting out, since power situations can change from one hour to the next.
SUFFOLK...Read more »
Biscuits & Barbeque, a casual Louisiana-style restaurant that opened a few months ago, is now back in business, having lost power after Sandy hit. The eatery makes its home in the vintage Mineola railroad car diner whose last occupant was Kiss The Chef. Co-owners Joan Gallo and Tom Sullivan also own the 15-year-old Delta Grill in midtown Manhattan; executive chef Robert Bouyer hails from Louisiana’s...Read more »