The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene
BloggersPeter Gianotti Erica Marcus Joan Reminick Marjorie Robins
Erica Marcus has covered food for Newsday since 1998. She has written features about the origins of Grandma pizza, the controversy over matzoh brei, the mystery of the soft-shell lobster and many many articles that attempt to justify the hundreds of dollars she spends every year on knives and knife-sharpening. Since 2005 she has written a weekly column, Burning Questions, in which she answers readers' questions. In 2002 her article “A Knish is Still a Knish” was nominated for a James Beard award, and in 2003 she won the New York Newswomen’s Club Front Page award for her “Food Without The Fuss: a history of TV Dinners.” After graduation from Swarthmore College, Erica took a job at Crown Publishers, first in production and later in editorial. She rose to the rank of Senior Editor and worked on a wide range of books, including many award-winning cookbooks. She left book publishing for newspaper journalism the same year she left Manhattan for her ancestral home of Brooklyn, where she still lives. She eats most of her meals on Long Island.
El Paso Taco Grill in Farmingdale has long been one of our favorite spots for tacos. (It doesn’t hurt that it’s also the closest good taqueria to Newsday.) For a while it was all about the lengua (tongue) but lately I’ve been grooving on the tacos al pastor.
A true taco al pastor is made from pieces of pork that have been marinated and then stacked and roasted, gyro-style, on a rotating vertical...Read more »
Wherever there's shopping, food usually follows close behind. So it's not surprising that two new eating spots have cropped up at Tanger Outlets at the Arches in Deer Park.
UNO Fresco, the first Long Island branch of a casual chain from the Chicago-based UNO, offers both Chicago-style deep dish and thin crust pizzas, along with a roster of entrees, pastas, panini and salads. Here, you order...Read more »
Some restaurants get better with age. Six years after opening, and four years after founding chef Lino De Vivo bought the place from its original owner, La Nonna Bella is turning out some very impressive Italian food.
Pastas were the undisputed stars of a recent dinner. The menu lists 15 pastas, and an observant diner can perceive — even before tasting — that the kitchen knows what to do with...Read more »
For those in search of the next big thing, here’s something truly tremendous: a 34-inch pizza. You can find this prodigious pie at La Semolina Pizza, which opened recently in the former digs of Bravo Pizza on Broadway in Massapequa.
The place is owned by father-and-son team Michael and Luigi DellaMonica. As Luigi DellaMonica tells it, his father previously owned a pizzeria in upstate Oneonta,...Read more »
Sleek, neon-lit, clubby and meat-centric, IMC (Imperial Meat Company) erases all memories of Buoy One, the classic fish restaurant that used to occupy this prime Main Street location.
Chef Alex Tchernikov has cooked at 11 Madison Park and Tao in Manhattan. Here he takes full advantage of the culinary opportunities afforded by the restaurant’s owners, who also own Imperial Meat Market in Brighton...Read more »
In this week’s Newsday, Peter M. Gianotti reviews True American Kitchen, the Mineola successor to Lola Trattoria. From Chicago hot dogs and Southern fried chicken to New York strip steak and pan-roasted Long Island duck breast, it’s “a lively new restaurant with real personality and enough homey choices to feed the most contrarian group.”
Joan Reminick visits Sushi Republic in New Hyde Park...Read more »
A barbecue cook-off will be the culmination of two days of festivities Saturday and Sunday at the Pennysaver Amphitheater in Farmingville.
The “Hope on the Hill” BBQ Contest has been organized by Will Breakstone, Long Island’s much-decorated pitmaster. On Saturday, while a dozen barbecue teams set up their rigs and begin to smoke, visitors can wander through a huge flea market in the amphitheater...Read more »
Will Bill Murray star at Nick & Toni's?
The Hamptons International Film Festival opens Thursday, showing his latest film, "St. Vincent."
But just in case N&T's is packed, here are three recommendations for one of my favorite actors and comedians -- and for anyone who'll be in the general vicinity of Main Street and Newtown Lane.
Near the movies: Rowdy Hall. The pub-bistro...Read more »
It’s pumpkin-picking time, which, for many, means the time of year to pick a pumpkin dish from a menu. In that spirit, here are four restaurants, each putting its own spin on the autumnal squash.
PREMIER DINER, 690 Commack Rd., Commack, 631-462-1432
This breakfast destination spot offers up pumpkin pancakes, which are light, plush and very much of the season. ($7.50)
LEMONGRASS...Read more »
LL Dent in Carle Place is featuring an antioxidant-rich three-course dinner, at $35 a person, with half the proceeds benefiting the Adelphi New York Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Program. The meal will be available throughout October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Here’s what's chef Leisa Dent is cooking: Autumn sweet potato soup, followed by grilled salmon with tamarind...Read more »