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Macari Vineyards & Winery was named the state's "winery of the year" at the 2014 New York Wine & Food Classic. The Mattituck winery also won for "best red wine" for its 2012 cabernet franc.
Sparkling Pointe in Southold received the honors for "best sparkling wine" and "best vinifera sparkling white" wine, both for its 2005 Brut Seduction.
Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead won...Read more »
In case you didn’t know, Discovery Channel is in the midst of its annual Shark Week, when its programming features shows like “Jaws Strikes Back," "Monster Hammerhead” and “Sharkageddon.”
Shark Week has also been declared at Reel in East Rockaway. Now until Tuesday, chef Adam Goldgell is featuring all kinds of shark-based specials using either thresher or mako shark. There's a shark bites...Read more »
World Champion Eater Takeru Kobayashi (who holds Guinness Records for eating hot dogs, meatballs, Twinkies, hamburgers, pizza and pasta) will be on hand to coach local fire fighters and civilians in two clam-eating contests on Sunday Aug. 17 at Peter's Clam Bar in Island Park.
Fire houses from Island Park, Long Beach, Lakeview, Baldwin, Point. Lookout, and East Rockaway will be sending some...Read more »
It was the prospect of airy-light pancakes that drew me, one recent morning, to the Plainview Diner on Old Country Road. My breakfast turned out to be as anticipated.
What was unexpected, though, was the computer screen I found at my booth. It allowed me to instantly summon my waiter — and my check — at the touch of a fingertip.
I later found out that only 10 booths in the diner have...Read more »
Displayed in the prepared foods case at Whole Foods in Jericho was a big bowl of egg salad. “Contains Egg,” warned the label. OK, I thought, Whole Foods is a big company with official labeling rules. “Corporate” must require all egg-containing foods to be labeled as such. Despite the hilarity factor.
Then I came across this sign in the bakery department: “Important. Our Slicer is Used for...Read more »
A full-service dinner restaurant has opened at Grace’s Marketplace in Greenvale, which, until now, has only offered breakfast and lunch.
Grace’s Trattoria East is both embedded in the market and, at the same time, sectioned off. Chefs Joe Trama and Brian Snider, who were at the now-closed Grace’s Trattoria in Manhattan, offer a menu that includes such choices as grilled baby octopus ($12),...Read more »
Horace & Sylvia’s Publick House in Babylon will stage a four-course pig roast dinner featuring Kona beers on Wednesday, Aug. 23 at 7 p.m.
The cost of the evening is $49.95 a person. The meal begins with yellowfin tuna carpaccio, followed by five-spice spam mac and cheese. A whole roasted pig with pickled radish salad is the centerpiece of the meal, which concludes with coconut panna cotta....Read more »
It’s never much of a surprise when a Peruvian restaurant turns out great rotisserie chicken. So, in that respect, a visit to the new Manka Peruvian Kitchen in Glen Cove went quite as expected.
But, wow, what an octopus salad ($16) I had. Big enough to qualify as an entree, it was fresh, colorful, filled with tender octopus pieces and rife with bursts of spice, plus an occasional...Read more »
Sid’s All American, a classic burger-and-ice-cream stand, has taken over the Glen Cove spot that was, most recently, Philly’s & Cream. (Earlier incarnations include Juicy Burger & Ice Cream Joint and Cove Ice Cream & Grill.)
Philly’s & Cream specialized in Philadelphia-style cheesesteaks, though the menu also included burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches and ice cream. Sid’s,...Read more »
Cafe Testarossa in Syosset is offering three midweek specials in August.
There's a fixed-price wine dinner on Tuesdays, "Martini Nights" on Wednedays and a $31, Thursday-night lobster special.
Chef William Sansone stuffs the 2-pounder with escarole, corn risotto, garlic, lemon and white wine.
"Martini Night" means $8 drinks and $8 appetizers available from 5 to 10 p.m.
And...Read more »