The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene
BloggersPeter Gianotti Erica Marcus Joan Reminick Marjorie Robins
Roslyn is one of Long Island's fine-dining hubs. Here are five reasons why.
Trattoria Diane, 21 Bryant Ave.; 516-621-2591
Chef John Durkin's Italianate kitchen emphasizes Rome but goes countrywide. Recommended: all vegetable antipasti, spaghetti alla carbonara, bucatini all'Amatriciana, ricotta gnocchi, braised short ribs, pot roast, roasted duck and all desserts.
Kyma, 1446 Old...Read more »
Before another snowstorm hits, you can do what I did one recent frigid night — stop into The Rolling Spring Roll in Farmingdale for a chill-chasing bowl of pho ($9), Vietnamese noodle soup.
Back when the restaurant first opened, chef-owner Joe Bui's chicken pho, made with a rich beef broth, had been undermined somewhat by thin, dry slices of white meat. This last time, though, the poultry...Read more »
Bay Shore is widely seen as the gateway to Fire Island. But the town’s Main Street has its own year-round allure, thanks to a compelling assortment of restaurants within walking distance of one another. Here are five to check out:
TULA KITCHEN,41 E. Main St., 631-539-7183, tulakitchen.comAt this plush and romantic spot, the menu is geared to health and balance; vegetarians will find more than...Read more »
YOLO Yogurt & Dessert, new to Roslyn Village, is more than just another frozen-yogurt dispensary. This according to owner Shila Roofim, who says that while the place does offer an array of frozen yogurt flavors and toppings (all self-serve, priced by weight), it also features gelato, miniature French pastries, macaroons, cupcakes, hot chocolate, smoothies, a variety of high-end teas and apple...Read more »
Aquarelle 45 has taken over the former Port Washington digs of Marino’s on the Bay. The newly renovated spot offers waterfront dining with indoor and outdoor seating, as well as 25 docking slips.
Chef Anthony Sanzone’s Mediterranean-influenced menu, which emphasizes seafood, includes such items as grilled octopus ($19), crab croquettes ($15), linguine with clams ($19), grilled lamb chops ($42)...Read more »
There is a cure for this winter's merciless chill: ribollita at The Trattoria.
This Tuscan-inspired soup, traditionally made with leftovers, is bracing, enriched with chicken and full of freshness at The Trattoria, the successor to Kitchen A Trattoria.
Chef-owner Steve Gallagher, who for years was chef at Kitchen A Trattoria, has improved on a very good thing, with ribollita and just...Read more »
Usually James McDevitt shuttles between the kitchens of Tellers and Verace in Islip, Monsoon in Babylon, H2O in Smithtown and Prime: An American Kitchen & Bar in Huntington. On Friday Feb. 7, he’s staying put at Prime for the evening.
The corporate executive chef for the Bohlsen Restaurant Group — and a Newsday All-Star chef when he was at Four Food Studio in Melville — is pulling out...Read more »
With new stores in Bellmore and Manhasset, Chocolate Works now operates four shops on Long Island. The first two are in Valley Stream and Commack.
Each Chocolate Works functions as a candy store, a chocolate manufacturer and a venue for children's parties. The chocolate-making machinery is right there on the selling floor so customers can see the fresh merchandise come right off the enrober...Read more »
In this week’s Newsday, Joan Reminick reviews Señor Nacho, the Mexican restaurant in Great Neck that takes over what used to be Miraku (and, before that, Banyan, Great Neck Steak House, Dino’s and Pulcinella). Empanadas, guacamole, street tacos, pork chops and flan are among the best items at this “cavernous space dominated by big, splashy folkloric murals.”
Peter Gianotti visits Graceful...Read more »
Who has the best chowder on Long Island? A few restaurants will put their Manhattan and New England clam chowders and seafood bisques to the test on Saturday at noon, when The Snapper Inn Waterfront Restaurant in Oakdale hosts its 15th annual Long Island chowder contest.
Competitors include The Snapper Inn, H20 Seafood Grill in Smithtown, Irish Coffee Pub in Islip, Jolly Fisherman & Steak...Read more »