The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene
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Fratelli Trattoria, which served pizza, pasta and parms in snazzy bi-level digs within Tanger Outlets at the Arches in Deer Park, has closed.
The restaurant garnered a one and a half star rating, with praise for its puffy yet crisp crusted individual pizza and herbal linguine with white clam sauce but censure for its Gorgonzola salad with an artificially sweet-tasting raspberry vinaigrette.
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Daisho of Japan is no longer serving yakitori and ramen in the heart of Huntington. No sushi either. Or anything else. The restaurant has closed, as has the Huntington village branch of Dragon Gate, which had offered Chinese takeout from an entrance around the corner.
When Daisho opened last fall, its yakitori was exceptional, as was its soul-warming ramen soup. The restaurant garnered a two...Read more »
A “for rent” sign hangs on the storefront that once housed Juliebelle’s Gourmet Market & Sandwich Shop in Great Neck.
The Northern Boulevard shop did a mostly takeout business, specializing in sandwiches with whimsical, sci-fi-related names. Most everything — including fries and mayonnaise — were made from scratch.
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Madison’s on Hillside, which opened last September at 38 Hillside Ave. in Williston Park , has closed, according to Joe Lester, chef-owner of The Ivy Cottage, Madison’s predecessor. The attractive New American restaurant earned two stars from Newday's Peter M. Gianotti when chef Jeffrey Slade was in the kitchen. (Slade has since moved on to Hemisphere in Bay Shore.)...Read more »
Jani Chinese & Japanese Restaurant in Rockville Centre has closed. The restaurant, part of a Long Island chainlet, served spicy tuna rolls, chicken tempura and mu shu pork. It was located on Sunrise Highway.
Remaining Jani restaurants are scattered all over Long Island, with branches in Wantagh, Mineola, Hicksville and Huntington Station. ...Read more »
Cuban Crocodile in Long Beach, which reopened at its East Park Avenue address about a month after being damaged by superstorm Sandy, has now shut down permanently.
Chef-owner Marivi Wolfe attributes the closing to post-Sandy landlord issues. She added that she is scouting a new location.
Cuban Crocodile earned a two-star rating last May for such dishes as flaky beef empanadas, succulent...Read more »
A Freeport favorite for Dominican fare, La Cocina de Marcia, has closed. The restaurant earned two stars for such well-wrought dishes as pernil (roasted pork), whole baked red snapper and sopa de mariscos (seafood soup).
Now occupying the same space is a new Dominican restaurant, called La Cocina del Papa y la Mama. Manager Jonathan Buenrostro said the restaurant offers the same dishes as...Read more »
Live Island Cafe, which specialized in raw foods, has closed. The little Huntington takeout, secreted away in a small strip mall outside of the village, served the raw vegan cuisine of chef-owner Okima Wilcox-Hitt.
What I really liked there was a salad made with beet greens, collard greens, rainbow chard, baby Heirloom tomatoes, kale and asparagus. A faux tuna salad was interesting, but it...Read more »
Gimme 2 Sandwiches & Salads, located across from Walt Whitman Shops in Huntington Station, has closed. The little building previously housed Greek Captain and, before that, Starbucks.
While Gimme 2 was small and modest in appearance, its sandwiches — most memorably the Cuban and the Reuben — delivered a lot of flavor for very little money....Read more »
Cheeburger Cheeburger in Plainview has closed. It was the first branch of the '50s-themed franchise to open on Long Island and was located in the same strip mall as Fairway Market. Trademark items: imaginatively topped burgers, hand-cut fries and milkshakes in a wild array of flavors.
There are currently two other Long Island Cheeburger Cheeburger restaurants, at 46 Great Neck Rd., Great Neck,...Read more »