The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene
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Sbarro, the Melville-based international pizza purveyor, is shutting 155 locations across the United States, including three on Long Island. The move is part of a corporate restructuring designed to make the company more profitable.
Quick-serve food-court Sbarros at Sunrise Mall in Massapequa, Green Acres Mall in Valley Stream and Broadway Mall in Hicksville were, accordingly, shuttered on...Read more »
Woody’s American Grill is up and grilling in West Babylon. The casual new counter-serve spot offers a simple menu of American fast-food favorites — burgers, hot dogs and sandwiches. It’s owned by two West Babylon natives — Woody Kerzner (former owner of Green Cactus Grill, which Woody's replaces), and his business partner, Larry Doyle.
“You walk in and feel you’re at some kind...Read more »
Verde Wine Bar and Ristorante has taken over the Commack Road spot that, since 1993, was Papa Joe's pizzeria. But the business remains in the family.
Owner Anthony Carcaterra is the son of Niel and Cathy Carcaterra, founders of Papa Joe's and Belle Verde Catering. Anthony grew up in the business, then left to work at the New York caterer Abigail Kirsch. Returning to Long Island this past summer,...Read more »
Port Jefferson rocks during the summer -- sometimes too hard. But this seaside village is a great off-season destination. Browse the shops, rent a pair of skates and take a spin (or fall) around The Rinx at Harborfront Park, take the kids to the Maritime Explorium for a lesson in historic shipbuilding and navigation. Then it’s time for dinner.
Schafer’s, 111 W Broadway, Port Jefferson, 631-473-8300,...Read more »
Guy Reuge of Mirabelle restaurant in Stony Brook and Gerry Hayden of The North Fork Table & Inn in Southold are semifinalists for best chef in the Northeast for the 2014 James Beard Foundation Awards.
No Long Island chef has won the honor.
Hayden has been a finalist the past two years and a semifinalist for three. Reuge was a semifinalist in 2010.
They join 18 others as semifinalists...Read more »
In case you're planning to head out to Stango’s at the Orchard in Glen Cove tonight, better recalibrate. The 95-year-old landmark Italian restaurant, relaunched last year by a team of investors headed by political couple Helene and Tom Suozzi, is temporarily closed. A recorded message you get after dialing the eatery's number blames the cold weather, adding that the place will reopen sometime...Read more »
Beat winter at its own game. Or at least with game.
Plattduestche Beer Hall in Franklin Square will host a wild-game dinner on Feb. 27. The five-course meal costs $65. Reservations are required. The dinner starts at 6 p.m.
On the menu are duck pate with port; a sausage sampler including wild boar-cranberry and chipotle-seasoned buffalo; cream of mushroom soup with chanterelles; pan-seared...Read more »
This morning's commute was just miserable enough.
Yes, one more reason to feel frosty and fed-up, ready to put some spring in your mood if not your step.
So, today the daydream drifts east to The Plaza Cafe in Southampton, a sunny year-rounder where a brunch omelet includes butter-poached lobster, asparagus, Gruyere cheese and, above all, morels.
These conical, honeycomb-style...Read more »
Slow Food East End will present its first “Carlo Petrini” award to Gerry Hayden on Sunday, Feb. 23, at a tasting event. Hayden is a partner in and executive chef of the North Fork Table and Inn in Southold. (Petrini, a native of Piedmont, Italy, is the founder of the international Slow Food movement, which champions traditional foodways over industrialized production.)
According to Slow Food’s...Read more »
Do you already have spring fever?
Actually, it's more like winter doldrums, that constant combination of the frosty and the fed-up. But, for the next month, we'll be thinking about what's ahead so we can contentedly forget about what's happening now.
Call it spring fever of a different kind, 2014 edition.
From Peter M. Gianotti:
I'm daydreaming about dining alfresco at 18...Read more »