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With his new Latin-inflected eatery, Mike Diaz is making the leap from backyard barbecuer to restaurateur.
Diaz isn’t just any backyard barbecuer. Since he got bitten by the BBQ bug 2½ years ago, he and his team Buenos Diaz BBQ (motto: Living la Vida BBQ) have been finalists in a number of local barbecue competitions, including a first place for ribs at the 2013 Smokin’ at the Maples New York...Read more »
The new Wild Rose Bar & Grill in Farmingdale was the scene of a recent lunch — and a promising one, at that.
The simply but tastefully appointed eatery, under the same ownership as The Rosewood Inn in Melville, occupies a freestanding building on New Highway just north of Republic Airport. The afternoon I went, one valiant waiter did double duty tending bar and taking orders in the dining...Read more »
New to Hicksville is George’s Place, a casual counter-serve eatery serving Greek and American specialties. Chef-owner George Mirmigos said he makes just about everything from scratch — including hand-cut fries. The only exception, he said, is the gyro, which is commercially made.
On the menu: a horiatiki salad of tomato, onion, cucumbers feta and olives ($9.95), a cheeseburger ($5.50), a ...Read more »
George Martin The Original in Rockville Centre and George Martin's Strip Steak in Great River are adding a complimentary $50 gift certificate when you buy a $100 gift card at the restaurants on Black Friday.
The cash-only, day-after-Thanksgiving promotion is limited to one per table. The certificate may be redeemed after Jan. 2, 2014.
George Martin The Original, 60 N. Park Ave., Rockville...Read more »
In this week’s Newsday, Peter Gianotti reviews J. Michaels Tuscan Steakhouse, the Oyster Bay offshoot of the Northport original that opened last year. J. Michaels Part II “transforms what was the hushed Mill River Inn and, recently, flashy Serata. It's now a deluxe bastion of beef, reinforced with splashy seafood and Italian cuisine. The potent combo is heir to the upscale continentals and refined...Read more »
There will be some extra sparkle at The Vine Wine Bar on Nov. 27.
The day before Thanksgiving, the Merrick bar hosts Sparkling Pointe of Southold, a winery devoted to making Champagne-style bubbly. The session is from 7 to 9 p.m.
There will be free tastings of Sparkling Pointe wines, a question-and-answer session, and a limited number of vouchers for free tours of the vineyard. The Vine...Read more »
The Brook House, a Stony Brook fixture for years, is now closed.
The eatery was situated in the Stony Brook Village shopping center and was known for its simple American menu — breakfast items, burgers, sandwiches — as well as ice cream....Read more »
A recent lunch at the new Plancha Tapas and Wine Bar in Garden City had me wishing I could have lingered over a glass of wine instead of rushing back to the office.
The space, which last hosted the Upper Crust Cafe, has undergone a huge transformation, with wood beams and brickwork and no shortage of rustic Euro charm. It’s under the same co-ownership as Salumi Tapas and Wine Bar in Massapequa,...Read more »
You'll have two more chances to sample McCall hamburgers and fare from The North Fork Table & Inn's gourmet food truck at the winemaker's tasting room.
Friday and Nov. 29 will mark the final appearances of the season at the McCall Tasting Room in Cutchogue, where burgers from Charolais cattle raised by McCall will be grilled and served.
They'll go with the 2008 McCall...Read more »
Whenever I drive along South Broadway in Hicksville, I check on Punjabi Kabab House, a favorite Indian restaurant but one that never seems to be very busy. Tuesday night my fears were realized: The space is empty, with a “for rent” sign in the window.
Punjabi Kabab House had friendly service and stellar tandoori meats, breads and vegetables. And I always got a kick out of the location — which...Read more »