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Cafe Nee in Merrick has closed. The little eatery on Merrick Avenue, originally called Burger 9 Point 5, underwent several chef and ownership changes since launching in 2008 as one of Long Island’s original “boutique” burger spots.
Following a renovation in 2012, the place reopened under the same ownership with the name Cafe Nee. While it still offered the same repertoire of...Read more »
Something old and something new add up to something very good in Montauk.
And, equally important, they're open well beyond Labor Day.
New is The Harbor Raw Bar & Lounge, which brings a minimalist look and a lot of flavor to the harbor area. Chef Pierre Rougey previously cooked at Barrique and now-gone Emerson's in Babylon. Here, he specializes in small plates.
Recommended:...Read more »
Singing chef Richard Desmond is now belting out arias in the kitchen of Fargiano’s Pizza and Pasta, which opened in Islip in late 2013. The operatic tenor’s culinary credits include Bliss in East Setauket, Public House 49 in Patchogue and the former OM Bistro in Great Neck. He has been known to come out of the kitchen and make the dining resonate with song.
Desmond said that he plans to make...Read more »
One of the North Fork’s signature events returns for its eighth year on Sunday: the 2014 Foodie Tour, sponsored by North Fork Reform Synagogue.
Tickets are required, but the tour is self guided, taking visitors to more than a dozen farms and vineyards and affording them the opportunity to meet artisans and chefs who turn the region's agricultural bounty into some of Long Island’s most celebrated...Read more »
The new Casa del Campo Dominican Restaurant is serving mojitos and mofongo in the renovated North Babylon strip mall space that last housed Oriental Palace.
Tony Ramirez, a former owner at Merengue Dominican Restaurant in Garden City Park, owns the restaurant with his father, Rene Ramirez, who is also a partner at Dominican Restaurant 5 in Deer Park. That’s where Casa...Read more »
Moby's arrived well after Memorial Day, relocating from Montauk into the sprawling space that has housed restaurants as different from each other as Spring Close House, Farmhouse and the Laundry.
And it's gathering crowds even as Labor Day signals the season's unofficial finale. Besides, wood-fired pizzas are forever.
You'll find very good ones here, including a satisfying number topped...Read more »
Devotees of Ocean Grill in Freeport will want to get over there soon. The restaurant, which received a two-star Newsday review back in 2010, will serve its last meal on Friday. This is because the place lost its lease, according to an email from the restaurant.
Ocean Grill — near but not on the water — boasted a hopping patio scene with live music. What I will remember most is the cooking...Read more »
The saga of Christiano’s, the former Syosset restaurant debated to have been the inspiration for Billy Joel’s “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant,” is a long and ongoing one. But progress on its makeover is at a standstill.
Christiano's was bought last year by the Singh Hospitality Group, which had signed on restaurateur Tom Schaudel to conceive and supervise a new restaurant. But plans...Read more »
Noted Long Island chef Steven Del Lima, who was starting chef at such restaurants as Black and Blue Seafood Chophouse in Huntington and Perfecto Mundo in Commack, is no longer working at CoolFish in Syosset. According to Ruby Singh, Del Lima has “moved on to better things” after a two-month stint at CoolFish.
Singh's husband, Harendra Singh, heads the Singh Hospitality Group, which owns...Read more »
Noah Schwartz, chef-owner of Noah’s in Greenport, is taking over the wood-fired oven at Jamesport Vineyards in Jamesport. His menu of flatbreads and signature items will be available Fridays from 5 to 8 p.m., Saturdays from 5 to 7 p.m. and Sundays from 12 to 6 p.m., until Nov. 30.
You’ll find such items as citrus-marinated olives ($5), crab-stuffed deviled eggs ($5), warm lobster...Read more »