The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene
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Althouse 1848, a new gastropub in East Rockaway, makes its home in a historic wood building dating back to 1848. Inside and out, the handsome structure evokes the 19th century.
A steep staircase leads from the first floor bar area to the upstairs dining room, with a beautiful antique-looking lighting fixture, expanses of window and a water view. What might also catch your eye is an oddity:...Read more »
Yet another restaurant week is coming up — this one in Farmingdale, running from Oct. 13 to 19.
Each participant offers its own deal.
As it stands, at CaraCara Mexican Grill, a three-course dinner goes for $25.95, while Dominican Restaurant 4 is giving 15 percent off every order. Chichimecas is featuring three courses for $19.95, The Original Cascarino’s doing four courses for $25.95....Read more »
This week’s Cheap Eats column visits Taqueria Cielito Lindo, a “friendly authentically Mexican eatery” in downtown Riverhead. Here, the emphasis is on food, rather than ambience. “Do you really care if plastic utensils accompany your tacos? More important — and impressive — is that those tacos feature handmade soft corn tortillas.” Try a taco with a mixture of shredded beef, pork and Mexican sausage....Read more »
A satellite branch of Northport's Cook’s Scratch Kitchen & Bakery (which received a three-star rating after opening in 2013), is now up and running in Huntington, within one of Long Island’s foremost bookstores, Book Revue. Co-owner Josh Cook said the counter-serve cafe features an abbreviated version of chef Stacey McDevitt’s repertoire at the original spot. Here, that means scones, muffins,...Read more »
New to Franklin Square is the Starving Artist Café and Gallery, which makes its home in a Cape Cod house that last hosted a bar. The multipurpose spot is furnished with an artsy mix of upholstered and wood furnishings.
Jeff Ceraso, who co-owns the table-service cafe with his wife, Carol Ceraso, and sister-in-law Diane DiNicola, said the cafe's gallery showcases the work of local artists, with...Read more »
Hunan Dynasty Chinese & Japanese Restaurant just made its debut in the East Meadow strip mall space that last housed a lacrosse store. The new place is under the same family ownership as Hunan Dynasty in Levittown and features the same menu.
A glance at the extensive menu reveals such Chinese dishes as chopped seafood hot and sour soup ($6.50), Singapore mei fun ($9.50), General Tso’s...Read more »
The night I visited Fargiano’s Pizza & Pasta in East Islip, singing chef Richard Desmond was nowhere to be seen. But, late in the meal, his operatic voice rang out in song from the kitchen. And his hand was evident in several dishes.
One was a gratis bowl of Desmond’s trademark hummus with basil oil. A fine dip, served with pieces of basil-garlic bread — excessive, yes, but good....Read more »
Oktoberfest beers are being poured across Long Island.
BrickHouse Brewery & Restaurant in Patchogue has a malty, food-friendly one. Try yours with a selection from the restaurant's Oktoberfest menu, which will be available through Oct. 5.
The choices include good, ale-braised bratwurst and knockwurst, set on a 'kraut made with Brussels sprouts. A thatch of fried onions tops the dish....Read more »
When the puck drops on Oct. 4, local burgers will be served at the Nassau Coliseum for Islander games.
Main Street Wholesale Meats, a division of the popular Farmingdale Meat Market, will be supplying the Coliseum with its hamburgers. The market has created an exclusive blend, made with brisket, short rib and chuck, for sale at all home games of the Islanders. They also will be sold during...Read more »
Smithtown Restaurant Week is coming up, from Oct. 5 to 12. This means that now might be a good time to make reservations at a slew of dining spots where a three-course dinner will run you $27.95 per person.
Among participants are Aji 53, Chop Shop and Thai House in Smithtown, along with Five.Five2 and Spezia in St. James. In Hauppauge, there’s Butterfields and Jade Garden, and, in Commack,...Read more »