The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene
BloggersPeter Gianotti Erica Marcus Joan Reminick Marjorie Robins
Doing justice to those quintessential American comfort classics, macaroni and cheese and the melted cheese sandwich, is the new Mac & Melts in Garden City. This is the kind of food that picks up your mood on a bad day — oozy, gooey, melty, delicious fare.
On a recent visit, a Southwestern mac and cheese ($6.50 small; $10.75 large), served in a cast iron skillet, proved both...Read more »
What could be more welcome this frigid winter than a restaurant named Bahama Breeze? The first New York branch of an Orlando-based chain, under the umbrella of Darden Restaurants, just opened in a sprawling new building at Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove, fronting Middle Country Road.
I took a quick peek inside, making note of the island-style decor featuring potted palms and live tropical...Read more »
Ko Gu Ryo in Commack has closed, joining the long line of Korean restaurants to have come and gone from this peaked-roof freestanding building at 1087 Jericho Tpke.
The restaurant, which opened about a year ago, received a one-and-a-half star review. While several dishes were uneven, the place garnered praise for its “first-rate” gopdal bibimpap, the stone pot Korean classic made with ground...Read more »
I almost feel sorry for the pizzeria serving white clam pizza when I walk in the door.
I grew up with the Platonic Ideal of the clam pie, the one at Frank Pepe’s Pizzeria Napoletana in New Haven, Conn. I still make regular visits. The only worthwhile local iteration I’ve come across since then has been the supernal vongole pie at Westhampton Beach's Pizzetteria Brunetti, made with fresh-shucked...Read more »
Snowing again. Not inches and inches. Just enough to get you aggravated. And the forecasters are saying there's more coming soon. It's snow acting like gnats and midges.
So, think about something else. Think spring. Think about gelati.
Leonetti Pastry Shop in Greenvale has the full line available today. If you can focus intently on them, you may not be distracted by the outstanding pastries....Read more »
Ben & Jerry’s constantly introduces new ice cream flavors, but now the company has come up with a new concept: the Core. Each Core pint contains two flavors separated by a firm filling of fudge, jam or caramel.
February brings four Cores:
Hazed & Confused: chocolate and hazelnut ice creams with fudge chips and a hazelnut-fudge core
That’s My Jam: raspberry and chocolate...Read more »
The East Meadow restaurant scene is a sprawling one, with the majority of dining spots spread out along Hempstead Turnpike, a few scattered elsewhere.
Even so, it’s worth getting into your car to explore the range of cuisines the area offers. Here are five places you may want to try.
SACRAMONE’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT, 2366 Hempstead Tpke., East Meadow, 516-513-1919
At this quality...Read more »
Christiano’s in Syosset, the pasta-parm house long debated to have been the inspiration for Billy Joel’s “Scenes From an Italian Restaurant,” finally closed on Monday. The Singh Hospitality Group announced its plans to shutter and reinvent the "bottle of red, bottle of white" restaurant last year, then gave it a reprieve in August.
What about the Billy Joel memorabilia that defined the...Read more »
Last weekend was a tease. Now the TV anchors and the meteorologists are chatting breathily with the temperature at 30 degrees. Yes, it will be cold for the next two weeks.
But spring is only three weeks and two days away and the daydreams are many. Today, they're drifting east, specifically to Montauk and, more precisely, to a picnic table on the sand at Navy Beach.
On a warm afternoon,...Read more »
The dining room of Verde is decorated with Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel image of the almost-touching hands of God and Adam.
And the busy, friendly, something-for-everyone restaurant is quite a creation itself.
Verde in full is called a wine bar and ristorante. It's also a catering establishment. Situated opposite Tanger Outlet in Deer Park, the place doubtless balances all three roles...Read more »