The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene
BloggersPeter Gianotti Erica Marcus Joan Reminick Marjorie Robins
The cavernous building across from Walt Whitman Shops that, for years, hosted East Buffet, and, later, Best Buffet, just opened with a new occupant: 110 Japan, a sit-down restaurant.
Owner Sonny Ling said the extensively remodeled space seats 350. It’s divided into two separate areas, one a sushi restaurant and, the other a Japanese hibachi steakhouse outfitted with 12 tables. In between...Read more »
Will Breakstone, Long Island’s most decorated pitmaster, is hosting the Hope on the Hill barbecue competition the weekend of Oct. 11-12 at Pennysaver Amphitheater in Farmingville. Proceeds will benefit the West Islip Breast Cancer Coalition.
Breakstone organized six springtime WilliePallooza barbecue contests from 2008 to 2013. He took 2014 off while he worked on opening South Shore BBQ in...Read more »
The wood-burning pizza oven is now fired up at the newly opened Spuntino in St. James. So, too, the gas-fired oven. And, from the kitchen, come pastas, parms and panini.
The new place shares both name and family ownership with the Dix Hills Spuntino, a pizza-pasta restaurant that has been open for about seven years. But, no, it isn’t affiliated with Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas...Read more »
Toni Clifton, chef co-owner of Pretty Toni’s Cafe in Valley Stream, recently updated the menu at her restaurant, which offers a version of soul food that doesn’t include either pork products or large quantities of fat or sugar. The place received a two-and-a-half star review in 2012.
New to the repertoire: Fried tilapia fillets ($16.95), deep-fried whole red snapper ($18.95), a lamb burger...Read more »
Thursday's special at Mirabelle is a three-course dinner paired with local wine.
The Thursday “vine-to-dine” dinners go from Sept. 25 to Nov. 13. The cost is $47 plus tax and tip per person.
Typical items on the special menu include cheese pumpkin soup, roasted Long Island duck with a potato napoleon and pickled ramps, as well as a grape tart with sorbet, paired with the 2011 Cuvee Carnaval...Read more »
It had been a while since we’d been back to Miraj Healthy Grill, along that particularly fruitful stretch of Hillside Avenue that boasts SriPraPhai, Hildebrandt’s, Fresco Creperie and Sweet to Lick Bakery, among other chow-worthy establishments.
But the four-year-old restaurant is firing on all cylinders. On a Tuesday night, most tables were occupied, many with Farsi speakers. And what looked...Read more »
Blaze Pizza, which opened a short while ago in West Babylon, is the first Long Island branch of a California-based franchise chain. The place has the assembly-line style of Chipotle Mexican Grill, only here, building your own 11-inch pie is the name of the game. You move down a line, choosing either a signature pie, which is a set option, or else picking your own ingredients from an array...Read more »
Kashi Sushi Lounge in Syosset is the third Kashi to open on Long Island, and it's the showiest yet.
Maybe the crystal chandeliers do it, long and shimmering from the two-story ceiling. Or it could be the waterfall cascading down an artfully marine wall behind the sushi bar. Perhaps it's the food, too.
This glittery Kashi is serious about a certain style. But the Japanese, Asian-fusion,...Read more »
North Fork Table & Inn, Southold’s seminal farm-to-table restaurant, is on the market along with its eight en-suite bedrooms for $3.8 million.
North Fork Table & Inn opened in 2006, a collaboration between culinary power couple Gerry Hayden and Claudia Fleming, and hospitality veterans Mike and Mary Mraz. With its refined locally sourced food and streamlined farmhouse decor, the restaurant...Read more »
Rosh Hashanah starts on Wednesday night, traditionally with a big dinner. If you find yourself in need of a brisket, a kugel or an entire meal for either Wednesday or Thursday, here are some restaurants (all non-kosher) that may be able to take care of you last minute.
At Thyme in Roslyn, dinner reservations are still available both Wednesday and Thursday nights. Holiday specials include...Read more »