The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene
BloggersPeter Gianotti Erica Marcus Joan Reminick Marjorie Robins
Last week it was gastropubs. This week in Eat Here Now, Newsday’s survey of Long Island’s top 100 restaurants, we’re focusing on barbecue.
Only a few years back, you could count the number of serious local barbecue spots on one hand. Thankfully, those days of settling for so-so ribs, chicken, brisket and pulled pork smothered in sticky sauce are gone.
So roll down your car window and...Read more »
Eating mindfully whenever possible is part of a healthy lifestyle. Which is why whenever I end up eating at The Cheesecake Factory, I order from the chain’s Skinnylicious menu, wherein nothing tops 590 calories. Most of the time, I’ve gotten lucky. But, on a recent dinner visit, the chain’s lemon garlic shrimp with asparagus and angel hair pasta ($16.95; 560 calories) flopped.
The culprits:...Read more »
In this week’s Newsday, Peter M. Gianotti awards three stars to Petulant Wino, “the North Fork’s newest must-eat, must-drink restaurant.” In the brightened-up former Aquebogue home of Comtesse Thérèse Bistro, the restaurant is owned by manager Courtney Schaudel and her father, restaurateur Tom Schaudel. The tapas-spurred, globally influenced menu comes from chef Lenny Campanelli, who ran the kitchen...Read more »
Wong’s Noodle House in Mineola now belongs to history.
The casual corner spot, just steps away from the Mineola Long Island Rail Road station and Winthrop-University Hospital, opened back in 2009. It served an old-school Chinese menu and, despite its name, didn't offer that extensive a noodle roster.
Still, the restaurant served a fresh spinach noodle dish with shrimp that impressed....Read more »
Wild Honey has a sweet spot at the corner of South Street and East Main in Oyster Bay. And diners who'd like some alfresco with dinner find a pleasant perch there.
It's a warm-weather scene these days, befitting the address that once housed the summer offices of President Theodore Roosevelt.
Wild Honey is a popular local hangout, where the food and the wine are fine, with service to...Read more »
Friday is aragosta night at J. Michaels Tuscan Steakhouse in Northport.
The lobster special, dubbed "Lobster & Lovers," is a four-course, fixed-price dinner for $55 per person, plus tax and tip.
It starts with lobster bisque, followed by a choice of either lobster cocktail or lobster and broccoli rabe salad. The main course selections are a two-pound lobster, steamed, oven-roasted...Read more »
The Thursday farmers market that takes place at Crossroads Farm at Grossman’s in Malverne is trying something new this week: later hours. Since it launched in May, the market has been open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. but, said organizer Lona Graepel, “We have received requests from potential customers asking if we could stay open later to accommodate working people’s schedules.” Accordingly,...Read more »
Residents of Point Lookout have a new sit-down, take-out eatery, Salt Air Café, which opened in May in a little cottage on Lido Boulevard.
Proprietor Kelly Kelleher envisioned a place where neighbors could enjoy from-scratch food made using good ingredients. She signed up with Farmigo, an online farmers’ market that acts as a conduit between farms, restaurants and consumers. She figures that,...Read more »
Back in 2009, when the Landmark Diner in Roslyn moved a few yards east of its original location to spiffy new double-decker digs, the kitchen was under the aegis of chef Chris Palmer, whose pared-down menu was executed with care and élan.
Palmer has been gone from the diner for more than a year. During a recent brunch visit, the food tasted pretty much like typical diner fare from just about...Read more »
J. Michaels Tuscan Steakhouse in Oyster Bay is closed and expected to reopen next month with a new emphasis on Italian cuisine.
And the original J. Michaels Tuscan Steakhouse in Northport, where prime steaks have reigned, is offering a fixed-price dinner focused on the Italian part of the menu. It's likely to be the template for the Oyster Bay restaurant.
Both establishments will continue...Read more »