The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene
BloggersPeter Gianotti Erica Marcus Joan Reminick Marjorie Robins
Azure Chocolat, one of Long Island’s best chocolate shops, is shutting its retail store in Greenlawn; the 10-year-old company will continue to sell its sweets online (at azurechocolat.com) and to wholesale customers. Owner Heather Rushforth-Foley will move operations to the Stony Brook small-business incubator in Calverton. Longtime manager Allison Krueger will be moving upstate to manage a bakery-chocolate...Read more »
Kurfone, a long-standing Commack Japanese restaurant, has closed.
The place made its debut back in 1981 and, in its heyday, was a local nexus for sushi lovers. But after 33 years, it had never been renovated. Last time I ate there — less than a year ago — the interior looked rundown and depressing. And the sushi was fairly dull.
Still, Kurofune had fans. A colleague of mine...Read more »
Black & Blue Seafood Chophouse will welcome July with good news: It's reopening
The downtown Huntington restaurant has been closed for six weeks following a kitchen fire, which started in the ductwork. There were no injuries from the May 17 blaze. In addition to the kitchen, the dining area has been renovated.
Dinner starts at 6 p.m. on July 1.
Black & Blue Seafood...Read more »
It's pig roast night at First and South in Greenport.
The June 30 event stars pork, plus beer from Crooked Ladder Brewing Co. in Riverhead and wine from Lieb Cellars of Mattituck and Cutchogue. The cost is $45 per person and includes two side dishes, as well as the beer and wine.
Starting July 7, the pig roast's fare also will be available for takeout in connection with Greenport's music-in-the-park...Read more »
“From Our Ships to Your Lips” is the motto of Fisherman’s Catch in Point Lookout. The restaurant not only owns the neighboring fish market and clam bar, but also its own seafood wholesale business. “Our fish are delivered by our very own fishing fleet,” declares the website.
In fact I was in the fish market a few weeks ago and was impressed by the wide range of local fish, among them monkfish,...Read more »
The Boat House in Merrick, a waterfront restaurant that took a severe beating from superstorm Sandy, has finally reopened. This after having missed the 2013 season entirely.
Owner Lindsay Magill said that the remodeled version has a somewhat smaller interior but a bigger outdoor deck with more seating. Gone is the glass atrium.
Executive chef Sabino Avalos remains at the helm. On his...Read more »
Smokin Al’s Famous BBQ Joint is hitting the beach.
Every Saturday night this summer, from 4 to 10 p.m.., the Massapequa Park house of ‘cue will be offering a menu of slow-smoked meats at the East Boathouse of Jones Beach. Weather permitting, of course.
Seating is under a tent, within view of the ocean. There will be full table service, with alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks available....Read more »
Burton & Doyle, one of the prime restaurants along Northern Boulevard's steak row in Great Neck, has been sold.
The buyers are Joseph Zangri and Bert Brodsky, co-owners of City Cellar in Westbury.
Zangri, who also operates Watermill Caterers and Restaurant in Smithtown, was co-developer of Rare650 in Syosset and Insignia in Smithtown, both properties of restaurateur Anthony...Read more »
In this week’s Newsday, Joan Reminick visits Pho Maxia in Bethpage, a Vietnamese restaurant that brings Long Island's total up to two. (The other is Rolling Spring Roll in Farmingdale.) During the late '90s, Maxia had a short, glorious run in Bethpage. Now the two principals, brothers Hoa Kevin Du and David Yu, are back, and so are the bold, clean flavors and low prices.
Peter M. Gianotti...Read more »
Roast Sandwich House made a splash when it opened in late 2010. The Route 110 corridor in Melville is well served by delis, but Roast distinguished itself by roasting all its meats in-house and generally upping the local sandwich game.
I’ve enjoyed many Roast sandwiches over the last three years, so perhaps I should have stuck with the program. Instead, I tried a salad earlier in the week....Read more »