The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene
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Add the Merrick Ave. Diner to the list of restaurant closings in 2013.
In its previous incarnation, the Merrick eatery was known as the MaryBill Diner. It came under new ownership and had a name change in 2010.
What distinguished the place was not its food but rather its status as a classic vintage railroad car diner — sliding front door, curved ceiling and old-time ambience. The...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 »
AcQua, a family-style Italian restaurant, makes its home in the former clubhouse of the Blue Water Yacht Club in Merrick. The place originally opened in June 2012 but, after taking a big hit from superstorm Sandy, was under renovation until a couple of months ago. Now, diners can eat inside the two-story building or dine in an outdoor tent facing the water.
The place is owned by the...Read more »
Muscle Maker Grill, a New Jersey-based national healthy eating chain, is muscling its way onto Long Island. Two new branches have opened in Amityville and Long Beach, with one in Merrick to follow shortly and, within the next few weeks, places in East Meadow and Huntington Station, too.
What these counter-serve spots are all about is lean protein-based eating. On the menu are Texas chicken...Read more »
Since 1993, Santorini has been serving Greek food to Merrick and environs. A few months ago, the restaurant expanded into the neighboring storefront and did a complete renovation. The new dining room is now a sleek update of the classic blue-and-white Greek restaurant interior, and very attractive at that. At a recent dinner, service was caring and efficient, servings were generous, prices were...Read more »
New to the little community of North Merrick is Thai Chef, a diminutive storefront spot that serves both as a takeout and — although there are only four tables — full-fledged restaurant.
The menu features such choices as papaya salad ($5.95), green curry fried rice with chicken, beef, pork, tofu, vegetables, shrimp or squid ($7.95 to $8.95), spicy basil chicken ($8.95) and tamarind duck...Read more »
Vine Wine Bar is celebrating its three-year anniversary with a series of wine classes. The first one, on Wednesday, April 3 at 7 p.m., is entitled Wine 101 and will teach participants the basics of wine tasting: what is sweet, what is dry, what is fruity; how to distinguish oak-fermented wines from steel fermented; what are tannins, etc.
The evening will start with a glass of Prosecco, after...Read more »
Left Coast Kitchen & Cocktails is so assured, so comfortable in its skin, that it’s hard not to have a great time here. Certainly this is one of the South Shore’s hippest spots, with an open kitchen, lots of old-timey decorative accents and servers outfitted in the retro-lumberjack style of so many of-the-moment Brooklyn boites.
We started with fried oysters, good if not improved by their...Read more »
Barely a month after it opened in the former home of Brooks & Porter, Savoy Tavern has a new chef and a revised menu. Kenneth Pulomena, who saw the kitchen through its opening, has been replaced by Alexis Trolf, formerly of Caffe Laguna and Swingbelly’s in Long Beach.
Our first bites of the new set up were not promising. Panelle, the great Sicilian chickpea fritters, appear here as both...Read more »
Hoist one for The Savoy Tavern, the spirited, full-flavored establishment that has taken over the handsome Merrick spot vacated by Brooks & Porter steak house.
Visit for the crabcakes and the fish-and-chips, the house-baked pretzels and the prime rib. Maybe a burger or a croque monsieur, meatloaf or a pot of mussels. And there are some family-style plates, including spaghetti and meatballs...Read more »