The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene
BloggersPeter Gianotti Erica Marcus Joan Reminick Marjorie Robins
In an ongoing search to find Long Island’s best restaurant values, restaurant critic Joan Reminick has plowed through more pad thai, penne ala vodka and pulled pork than she cares to admit. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Joan grew up in a happy home whose only shortcomings were culinary. After a childhood of cooked-to-leather steaks, canned peas and Ore Ida fries, she made it a personal mission to seek out food that’s fresh, lively and carefully prepared. Married to her teen sweetheart, she received a B.A. from Brooklyn College and an M.S. from Hofstra University and taught English and Humanities in a Long Island high school for several years. When her two children were born, she embarked on a writing career and has had both fiction and nonfiction works published in national magazines. She also edited the Zagat Survey of Long Island Restaurants and wrote the book “Exploring Long Island with Newsday.” In addition to doing weekly “Cheap Eats” restaurant reviews, Joan hunts down restaurant news items and writes restaurant-related articles. These days, her motto is: making Long Island a better place to eat, one blog entry at a time.
Krinti Mediterranean Grill is serving meze, kebabs, sandwiches and salads in the Woodbury Common shopping center in Woodbury.
The new place is owned by Erol Alkan, whose father, Navim Alkan, owns Chicken Kebab in Roslyn Heights. At this new spot, chef Mevlut Boyaci turns out a repertoire that’s mostly Turkish, with a few Greek dishes.
On the menu: an appetizer sampler, that might include...Read more »
The festivities for Ompahfest at Plattduetsche Park in Franklin Square start on Sept. 21 at 11 a.m.
In Munich, Oktoberfest begins the same day, with the first beer barrel tapped by the mayor midday.
At Plattduetsche, you'll find the house's brew. Kolsch beer is the golden, top-fermented local brew of Cologne. It's similar to a pale ale. Plattduetsche's brew is...Read more »
Between the coffee-and-baked-goods counter and the butcher shop at Grace's Marketplace is this 40-seater for in-house dining. And Grace's Trattoria East is just as tempting and flavorful as everything around it.
Placing a very good little eatery in a gourmet market, of course, allows the shopper to rest before completing a grocery order, and get re-energized, too. Arrive early for breakfast,...Read more »
It’s been a good week for pasta. And pastrami.
Peter M. Gianotti awards two stars to Tony Colombos Italian Bistro in Rockville Centre, saying, “This buoyant restaurant keeps the river of red sauce running, adds a few tributaries and leads to some unlikely destinations.”
Joan Reminick also gives two stars to Mama Mia of Northport, where “it’s hard to decide between the fork-tender chicken...Read more »
Ristegio’s in North Patchogue, which received a three-star review in May, has come out with a new summer-to-fall menu. Chef co-owner Richard Lanza has come up with such items as coriander-crusted Montauk tuna $28, prosciutto-wrapped diver sea scallops ($28) and pan-roasted chicken breast ($19).
The restaurant is also featuring a weekly-changing $29 prix-fixe Sunday to Tuesday nights that might...Read more »
Dominick is back.
That's Dominick Zelko, who opened Galleria, an Italian-continental mainstay, in 1984, and operated it until five years ago, when he sold the restaurant.
The popular spot, which once was known as Galleria Dominick, didn't fare too well under new ownership. Zelko now owns it once more. And after three weeks shut so it could be renovated, the “new” Galleria opened this...Read more »
Are you ready to taste 100 gallons of chili?
The West Sayville Fire Department hosts a chili cook-off on Saturday. It's a fundraiser to support construction of the Town of Islip Firefighters Museum & Education Center. Admission is $10 for anyone 12 years old or older.
All proceeds benefit the building project. Groundbreaking is expected this fall in Central Islip, across from Bethpage...Read more »
Magic Taco Corp. in Islip Terrace has just started serving breakfast, available Monday to Friday from 7 to 10 a.m. The little roadside shack with minimal indoor seating and a few outdoor tables received a three-star rating in August.
Co-chef/owner Steven Scalesse was also profiled in Newsday’s All-Star chef series as chef-owner of Tullulah’s in Bay Shore; his partner and fellow chef,...Read more »
Roosevelt Field is undergoing a major retail expansion (newcomers will include Neiman Marcus) and the food service is getting an upgrade too. A new Dining District is under construction, scheduled to open in January. The area will occupy what used to be retail space on the mall’s northeast side. It will have about 1,250 seats, as opposed to the current 900, and will feature an outdoor terrace with...Read more »
Cafe Testarossa is running on all cylinders.
The restaurant, now almost equal parts Italian and New American, is more than two decades old. It has had a few lives over the years.
But the food currently is sharper and better than before, whether you're in the mood for spaghetti and meatballs or a heritage pork chop on sweet potatoes.
A very good starter: marinated and grilled octopus,...Read more »