The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene
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In this week’s Newsday, Joan Reminick reviews Chennai Dosas in Hicksville, a “cheerful little eatery . . . that can change the way you view lunch buffets. And vegetarian eating. And Southern cooking — Southern Indian, that is.” The restaurant offers some familiar Northern dishes such as palak paneer (spinach and fresh cheese stew) but “the true focus is a repertoire of South Indian specialties headed...Read more »
Marra’s, an Italian restaurant on School Street in Glen Cove, has closed.
The colorful bi-level place first opened in 2000 and was known for its puffy-crusted brick oven pizzas, pastas, salads and Italian-style sandwiches.
An outdoor dining patio was usually crowded on summer nights.
Currently, the site is unoccupied, a “for lease” sign posted on its window.
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Purple walls and Mardi Gras-style tinsel define the new Mara’s Too in Wantagh, the abridged (but no less appealing) version of Mara’s Homemade, a Cajun-Southern-BBQ restaurant in Syosset.
Owner Mara Levi shares the business with business partner Dennis Kaplan, her husband, David as well as their children. Son Josh Levi is in charge of the kitchen at both restaurants while daughter Chana was...Read more »
Children 12 years old and younger may eat free on Sundays from a streamlined menu at View in Oakdale.
The rule is that one child eats gratis per each paying adult diner. The dinner is available from 4 p.m.
Children's choices include macaroni and cheese, penne with either butter or marinara sauce, hamburger and French fries and chicken fingers. For dessert: an upside-down ice cream cone,...Read more »
Cinema Arts Centre and the Huntington chapter of Slow Food will present “Let's Eat: A Film Feast in Five Courses” on Sunday, Feb. 16.
Each of five short (five- to 30-minute-long) films will be paired with a guest speaker, and the screening will be followed by a reception featuring thematically appropriate dishes.
Film 1 “Growing Farmers” discusses the lack of affordable farmland on Long...Read more »
A new restaurant has opened in the spacious former Long Beach digs of Grillfire. Brixx & Barley is a collaboration between Daniel Macaluso, Rich Cammarata (of Ciao Baby in Commack and Massapequa Park) and Anthony Millwater, a bar manager at RC Dugan's in East Meadow.
Macaluso said that the restaurant’s name referred to the pizza oven (made of . . . brixx) and the selection of around 70...Read more »
Adam Pitre, the chef who earned a high rating for his ambitious take on tapas and bigger plates at Five.Five2 in St. James, has resigned.
The kitchen now is overseen by Alberto Marinato, who has cooked at Osteria Salina in Bridgehampton. Veteran restaurateur Timothy Gaglio, who runs the Bridgehampton spot, now is a partner in Five.Five2.
Gaglio said the restaurant's menu would be revised...Read more »
Mardi Gras falls on March 4. But, in the perpetual-party spirit of the festivities, Wolffer Estate Vineyard is hosting a party to celebrate it on Saturday.
Wear your best mask.
The Feb. 15 event at the Sagaponack winery will include an open wine bar featuring Wolffer wines, "king's" cupcakes with prizes inside, artisanal cheeses and charcuterie. It's Wolffer's third annual Mardi Gras...Read more »
On Feb. 27, Love Lane Kitchen will host a fundraiser for Programa Sueños, a nonprofit that supports the education program in the village of San Antonio el Angel, Guatemala.
If you’re wondering about the connection between Love Lane and San Antonio el Angel, it’s the restaurant’s assistant manager, Jazmin Carrillo, a native of the village. On a trip to her hometown in 2012, she was dismayed...Read more »
Chef Richard Lanza has left Blackstone Steakhouse in Melville.
Lanza, who garnered a three-star review from Newsday’s Peter M. Gianotti in 2012, said he is putting all his energy into the New American restaurant he and his two brothers are aiming to open in North Patchogue within the next month or two.
Replacing Lanza at Blackstone Steakhouse is executive chef Steven Diaz, whose ...Read more »