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Located almost within walking distance of Newsday headquarters is the new Bud’s Ale House, which used to be Hooters. Based on location alone, this local spinoff of an Astoria sports bar and grill seemed a likely lunch destination one recent afternoon.
First thing noticed: Most of the clientele seems to be male, most — but not all — of the crew, female. Everyone properly attired. It's easy...Read more »
We were visiting a daughter on a year-abroad study in Rome about 10 years ago and eating our way through lunch and dinner at some fine ristorantes. One night, a group of young friends invited us out to a wine bar in Trastevere. I was very involved in trying to follow the conversation in Italian and just pointed to something called “cavallo stufato’’ on the menu when the waiter came to take our order....Read more »
Artie’s South Shore Fish & Grill is half fish market, half fish restaurant, and all Long Island, a perfect expression of the maritime culture of Nassau’s South Shore.
It was a tough fall for owner Artie Hoerning. Superstorm Sandy left his establishment with about 30 inches of water; all the cooking equipment had to be replaced. He reopened after six weeks, and yesterday I stopped by for...Read more »
Maybe you’re not in a relationship, maybe you’re mad at your partner, maybe you’re just sick of Valentine’s Day. For you we have compiled this list of Long Island’s least romantic restaurants.
Bigelow’s in Rockville Centre. Eating at a counter is the very antithesis of romantic dining; it’s best done alone and, even if you’re with someone, you needn’t look at him because everyone's...Read more »
Just cracked open: Thai Coconut, which made its Wantagh debut last week near the LIRR station.
On its menu of Thai standards are such dishes as spicy basil chicken ($9.95), drunken noodles ($8.95), mango shrimp ($1275) and Massamum beef curry ($11.95). Chef owner Xiao Guang Lin comes from Lemon Leaf Thai Restaurant in Mineola.
Thai Coconut also offers local delivery.
Thai Coconut...Read more »
Today marks the launch of BlonDee’s Bistro & Bar, the 2013 remake of the former Two Blondes & a Stove.
Owner Dena Fenza said the place — which used to offer only breakfast and lunch — now serves a dinner menu of small plates and entrees Wednesday to Sunday nights. At 5 p.m., a whole new mood is set with candlelight and cloth napkins. There’s also a full bar. Some nights, live...Read more »
Vintage in New Hyde Park makes this winter bearable.
Start with a cold-weather salad at the new Italian-etc. restaurant, situated at the border with Garden City Park.
Very good frisee, cubes of Asiago cheese, dried cherries and duck confit add up to a rich, satisfying combination that will allow you to forget the last 10 salads you tried.
And then follow with either pan-seared...Read more »
It was dinner at the mall for me last night, when a shopping errand at Walt Whitman Shops in Huntington Station drew me into California Pizza Kitchen for something relatively quick.
As chains go, this one is big on bright, fresh ingredients. That was apparent when a waiter proffered a sample of a new menu addition: Brussels bacon pizza ($13.50 for a whole pie). The crisp-crusted wedge was...Read more »
Are you ready for Disco Fries?
French fries with melted mozzarella and either brown gravy or Russian dressing may not have helped John Travolta slip into his "Saturday Night Fever" suit, but it's designated a "favorite" at the new American Social Kitchen and Cocktails in Massapequa.
The bar and grill stresses casual American fare with some international accents. A...Read more »
I was born on Mardi Gras. Eating for a living must have been foreordained.
There are plenty of Long Island restaurants joining in the revel today. Big Daddy's in Massapequa keeps a countdown clock on its website for Mardi Gras. It announces Fat Tuesday today with three exclamation points. The Bayou in Bellmore advises "this is the party of the year."
Mardi Gras also is...Read more »