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Ancient wisdom has it that the antidote to a chilly day is a big bowl of noodle soup. So, feeling the force of the wind and finding myself in the vicinity of the new Ruby Asian Fusion & Sushi Bar, I stopped in for a meal-sized bowl of roast duck and egg noodle soup.
It turned out to be ample, savory and loaded with big pieces of beautifully burnished bone-in roasted duck with subtle five-spice...Read more »
Savino’s Restaurant & Wine Bar takes over the former digs of Elegante Pizzeria & Restaurant. The new and fully remodeled place is still part pizzeria, but there’s also a formal dining room. And a wine bar commanded by Tony Caracci, known as Tony the Wine Guy. Previously, Caracci worked at Jewel in Melville and, for several years, at Hudson’s Mill in Massapequa.
In charge of the kitchen...Read more »
Intrigued by the apocalyptic predictions of the Mayan calendar, I put in a call to chef-restaurateur-philospher Alejandro González. González and his wife Maria own three Long Island Mexican restaurants, Oaxaca and Quetzalcoatl in Huntington and Chichimecas in Farmingdale.
Our conversation was very long. In the end, I think I may have grasped some of what he told me, if only on the most rudimentary...Read more »
Joan Reminick travels to Uzbekistan — via Kazan in Port Washington, a new restaurant that specializes in the kebab-centric cuisine of Central Asia.
Our critics also reveal their top 12 dishes of the year. See Reminick’s Cheap Eats list here, and Peter M. Gianotti’s Fine Dining list here. Next week: Reminick and Gianotti pick their top restaurants of 2012.
Among the kebabs at Kazan is...Read more »
It’s been months that the former To Fu (est. 1993, closed earlier this year) remodeled and erected a striking sign declaring the imminent opening of Opera House. Last night, it finally opened.
The place looks sleek and modern and vaguely Asian — just what you’d expect from a place that bills itself “Sushi. Asian Fusion. Lounge.” (You'd never guess that the building started out as a Howard...Read more »
House-made gyro is just one of several Hellenic specialties featured at The Greek, newly launched in Massapequa Park. The little eatery, which has only three tables, is mainly a takeout operation under the same ownership as The Good Life in Massapequa Park and The Phoenix in Seaford. Jon Cano is executive chef for all three restaurants, said co-owner Peter Mangouranes, who added that everything...Read more »
Almond, the three-star bistro in Bridgehampton, holds its 11th annual Christmas Eve dinner, with a portion of the proceeds going to Pajama Program, which provides pajamas and books to children in need here and abroad.
The $31 special dinner includes roast suckling pig with cabbage, caramelized apples and spaetzle. Almond's regular menu also will be available on Christmas Eve. Almond will be...Read more »
In accordance with what seems to be the law of Long Island — that is, an area cannot have too many Asian Fusion or pan-Asian restaurants — Ruby Asian Fusion & Sushi Bar opened in Woodbury. It actually replaces another such restaurant, Asian Bistro Next Door, in Woodbury Common.
If its name sounds somewhat familiar, that’s because it’s under the same ownership as Ruby Sushi in nearby Plainview....Read more »
Add two more restaurants to the list of those up and running in Long Beach.
The Cuban Crocodile is now operating with a limited schedule. According to a recorded message reached when dialing the restaurant, hours are Thursday to Saturday, 5 to 11 p.m. and Sunday, 4 to 10 p.m. (The Cuban Crocodile is at 26 E. Park Ave., Long Beach, 516-442-2444)
Also, Atlantica at the Allegria Hotel is...Read more »
Sertinos Cafe in Smithtown, the first and only Long Island branch of a national chain, has closed.
The place, which served breakfast, sandwiches, panini, soups, salads, pastries and coffee drinks, occupied the former home of Sizzler on Jericho Turnpike. It lasted a little more than a year.
What will move into that space next remains to be seen.
Above: Sertinos, last year, shortly...Read more »