The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene
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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 »
Sur, an Argentine-style steakhouse, has opened in Huntington at the site that housed Canterbury Ales for decades.
The new restaurant is the offspring of Tango Argentinian Steakhouse in Central Islip. The co-owners are Nicolas Kalaitzis, Osvaldo Sanchez, and Juan Reartes, who's also the chef.
Kalaitzis said they planned to bring to Huntington the more popular courses served in Central...Read more »
It’s not usually a momentous occasion when the knishes show up, but Monday morning it was. When the Gabila’s truck arrived at Merrick Bagel Café, it had been almost five months since the last delivery of fried, square “Coney Island”-style knishes. On Sept. 24, a fire broke out at Gabila’s Copiague factory and the one-of-a-kind knish-making machine was severely damaged.
Early in February the...Read more »
At both Mara’s Homemade in Syosset and Mara’s Too in Wantagh, restaurateur Mara Levi is gearing up for Fat Tuesday, or Mardi Gras, which, this year, falls March 4.
On that day, Mara’s Homemade will open at noon and serve until the last customer leaves. The place will offer a roster of Cajun specialties, among them Gulf oysters, Louisiana crawfish and shrimp, jambalaya and more. Signature New...Read more »