The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene
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Erica Marcus has covered food for Newsday since 1998. She has written features about the origins of Grandma pizza, the controversy over matzoh brei, the mystery of the soft-shell lobster and many many articles that attempt to justify the hundreds of dollars she spends every year on knives and knife-sharpening. Since 2005 she has written a weekly column, Burning Questions, in which she answers readers' questions. In 2002 her article “A Knish is Still a Knish” was nominated for a James Beard award, and in 2003 she won the New York Newswomen’s Club Front Page award for her “Food Without The Fuss: a history of TV Dinners.” After graduation from Swarthmore College, Erica took a job at Crown Publishers, first in production and later in editorial. She rose to the rank of Senior Editor and worked on a wide range of books, including many award-winning cookbooks. She left book publishing for newspaper journalism the same year she left Manhattan for her ancestral home of Brooklyn, where she still lives. She eats most of her meals on Long Island.
Wildfish reopens for the season in Freeport on Thursday, March 13, unveiling a new menu. It's the start of an extended weekend of specials culminating on St. Patrick's Day.
Chef-partner Brad Rubano's fare now includes kung pao-style calamari; honey-chicken and shrimp flatbreads; Maryland crabcakes; paella with seafood, chorizo sausage and chicken; and a lobster-enriched Cobb salad.
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From high-end Italian to value-priced Colombian, with every kind of Indian in between, there may be no town on Long Island with a more eclectic assortment of great eating than Hicksville. (And don’t forget the Swedish meatballs at Ikea — 15 of them for $4.99.)
LUIGI Q, 400 S. Oyster Bay Rd., Hicksville, 516-932-7450
At Luigi Q, one of Long Island’s best Italian restaurants, consider...Read more »
Legal Sea Foods, shuttered last month after a carbon-monoxide leak killed its general manager and sickened dozens, has reopened. The seafood restaurant at Walt Whitman Shops in Huntington Station is now equipped with new carbon monoxide detectors and, according to the chain's president and chief executive, Roger Berkowitz, has implemented a safety plan that “exceeds” state standards.
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There’s a new Tom Schaudel venture on the horizon, but this time it’s his daughter Courtney who is the driving force. Courtney, a former waitress at CoolFish in Syosset, has teamed up with CoolFish’s longtime chef Lenny Campanelli to open The Petulant Wino in Aquebogue. (Tom Schaudel operates A Lure and A Mano on the North Fork, as well as Jewel in Melville.)
The Wino takes over the gracious,...Read more »
Bramasole Italian Restaurant has taken over the New Hyde Park space that last housed Vintage and, before that, Testaccio at the Gardens. Chef-owner Domingo Rodriguez, who cooked at Cara Mia Due in Seaford, said he named the dining spot for the house in the movie “Under the Tuscan Sun.” Its interior is painted a sunny yellow and warmed by a fieldstone fireplace.
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Reel hooks you.
The waterside restaurant, which succeeds The Fishery, delivers a quick, casual and tasty preview of spring and summer. It spurs alfresco daydreams.
Chef Adam Goldgell, best known for his appearances on Food Network shows and his cooking at Sugo in Long Beach, sends out flavorful, unpretentious seafood dishes. And the restaurant is fine for the entire family.
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Commack Kosher Meats, a kosher market, deli and caterer, has closed. The shop in the Mayfair Shopping Center on Jericho Turnpike was Suffolk County’s only kosher butcher.
Kathy DeMott, a receptionist at the nearby Commack Jewish Center, confirmed that the store had closed. She noted that Commack’s ShopRite sells a line of kosher meats but that, otherwise, observant Jews in the congregation...Read more »
The sprawling, Space Age-chic Four Food Studio & Cocktail Salon on Route 110 in Melville closed after serving its last meals Saturday night. Restaurant partners Jay Grossman and Ray Sidhom, who owns the building, are already planning Four's successor.
The business lunch mainstay debuted in 2005, a few months after Blackstone Steakhouse opened just up the road. The two restaurants marked...Read more »
Lawan Authentic Thai Cuisine, a well-appointed, well-regarded Patchogue restaurant, will close for good on Thursday, March 13. Chef-owner Lawan Thongsri said she will be retiring and moving back to Thailand.
Which means you’d better hurry if you want another taste of her bracing tom yum goong (hot and sour shrimp soup), peppery larb (warm ground beef, pork or chicken salad) and a host of complex...Read more »
It was the bread at St. Rocco’s Bakery in Glen Cove that first caught my attention. In October 2012, John and Lisa Sacchetta resurrected the brick-oven bakery that had started making rustic Italian loaves in 1940.
Under the Sacchettas, the savory bakery also branched into sweets with an immense range of cakes, pies, tarts, pastries and cookies. Also on offer — to take home or to enjoy at one...Read more »