The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene
BloggersPeter Gianotti Erica Marcus Joan Reminick Marjorie Robins
In an ongoing search to find Long Island’s best restaurant values, restaurant critic Joan Reminick has plowed through more pad thai, penne ala vodka and pulled pork than she cares to admit. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Joan grew up in a happy home whose only shortcomings were culinary. After a childhood of cooked-to-leather steaks, canned peas and Ore Ida fries, she made it a personal mission to seek out food that’s fresh, lively and carefully prepared. Married to her teen sweetheart, she received a B.A. from Brooklyn College and an M.S. from Hofstra University and taught English and Humanities in a Long Island high school for several years. When her two children were born, she embarked on a writing career and has had both fiction and nonfiction works published in national magazines. She also edited the Zagat Survey of Long Island Restaurants and wrote the book “Exploring Long Island with Newsday.” In addition to doing weekly “Cheap Eats” restaurant reviews, Joan hunts down restaurant news items and writes restaurant-related articles. These days, her motto is: making Long Island a better place to eat, one blog entry at a time.
Roosevelt Field is undergoing a major retail expansion (newcomers will include Neiman Marcus) and the food service is getting an upgrade too. A new Dining District is under construction, scheduled to open in January. The area will occupy what used to be retail space on the mall’s northeast side. It will have about 1,250 seats, as opposed to the current 900, and will feature an outdoor terrace with...Read more »
Cafe Testarossa is running on all cylinders.
The restaurant, now almost equal parts Italian and New American, is more than two decades old. It has had a few lives over the years.
But the food currently is sharper and better than before, whether you're in the mood for spaghetti and meatballs or a heritage pork chop on sweet potatoes.
A very good starter: marinated and grilled octopus,...Read more »
Steven Del Lima, former executive chef at CoolFish in Syosset and Chow Down Diner in Bethpage (where he garnered a two-and-a half star rating) is back at Vitae in Huntington. Del Lima had previously helmed Vitae's New American kitchen from 2011 to 2013. Earlier, he was executive chef at Black & Blue Seafood Chophouse in Huntington and Perfecto Mundo in Commack.
Del Lima said that...Read more »
Buenos Diaz Cafe in Woodbury has closed. The ambitious little spot, which opened a year ago in an off-the-beaten-track shopping center, offered barbecue with a Latin accent, along with sandwiches, bagels and lox and deli items.
Before opening the eatery, owner Mike Diaz took first place for his ribs in the 2012 Battle of the BBQ Brethren....Read more »
Whose ribs reign supreme? On Sunday, Sept. 21, the Hicksville Fire Department is hosting its fourth annual barbecued rib cook-off in Cantiague Park, and the winner will be determined by the ticket-buying public. Here’s how it works: $10 buys six tickets, five of which are good for one rib from any of the dozen or so teams competing. Use the sixth ticket to vote for the rib you liked best. Want more...Read more »
Two dreams intersect at Caci North Fork, the Italian restaurant that opened last week in Southold. Although founders Anthony and Daniele Cacioppo had never run a restaurant, they had long dreamed of establishing one on the North Fork, where the Manhasset couple has a had home since 1995. Two years ago, on a trip to Umbria, they met chef Marco Pellegrini, who had long dreamed of moving to the United...Read more »
Lunch at the new Taqueria Cielito Lindo in Riverhead turned out to be a satisfying affair. The new place, which took over the downtown storefront last occupied by Julia’s Pizzeria & Restaurant, is simply appointed yet comfortable, with warm and efficient table service. You can also order food to go at the counter.
The place is owned by married couple (and co-chefs) Jasmin and Edgar Diaz-Leal,...Read more »
McDonald’s is out to caffeinate the country. From Sept. 16 to 29 (which happens to be National Coffee Day), McDonald’s is giving away a free small McCafé coffee during breakfast hours; no purchase necessary. This comes after a similar giveaway in March.
Follow @McCafe on Twitter for more details and, if you feel so moved, share your embarrassing pre-coffee moments using the hashtag #SipandTell.
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Long Island has bid adieu to Lawson Pub, which made its debut near the Oceanside LIRR station in 2011. Shortly thereafter, the place garnered a three-star review for such dishes as shrimp and clams casino and a crazy bacon and lobster salad-topped burger. But in 2012, the gastropub was hit by superstorm Sandy and never fully rebounded.
So, now, chef-owner Joseph...Read more »
When National Guacamole Day and Mexican Independence Day come together, you can be sure Long Island's two Besito restaurants will be ready.
This happens on Tuesday, Sept.16. To contribute to the festivities, Besito in Huntington and in Roslyn has added two specials to the menu, along with a complimentary Roca Patron tequila tasting from 5 to 8 p.m.
Lobster guacamole is one dish, enriching...Read more »