The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene
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When ground is broken for the new Long Beach boardwalk, this Saturday, April 27, Alan Adams, owner of Sugo Cafe in Long Beach, will be there at 11:30 a.m. with his new food truck, Beach Buns & Bites.
Among the items Adams will be selling is a “GSR” (Grandma’s secret recipe) burger ($6), an “Istanbun,” which is a chipotle hummus-stuffed pickle that’s wrapped in falafel, deep fried...Read more »
Opera House, the four-month-old Asian-fusion restaurant that opened in the former Roslyn Heights home of Tofu, proved to be a very mixed bag on a recent visit, with high highs, and very low lows.
I was there with a friend who had never tried honey-walnut shrimp, the resolutely inauthentic and improbably delicious Chinese dish made from battered, deep-fried shrimp and sugar-infused, deep-fried...Read more »
If you're planning ahead for a Cinco de Mayo celebration, then you might want to take advantage of the deals at Island Empanada in Ronkonkoma, whose 2nd anniversary just happens to coincide with the holiday. Owner Roy Pelaez has come up with some celebratory takeout specials for parties. They're available Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5. It helps to order in advance.
Here's what you...Read more »
Cavaniola’s, Sag Harbor’s specialty market, has opened a satellite location inside Vines & Branches, the olive oil and balsamic emporium on Main Street in Greenport.
Michael and Tracey Cavaniola preside over a little gastronomic empire that also includes a cheese store, takeout shop and wine cellar in Sag Harbor and a Manhattan branch in TriBeCa. The Greenport store opened on April 10.
Tracey...Read more »
Montauk's Navy Beach, one of Long Island's most summery restaurants and night spots, reopens for the warm-weather season on Friday.
The casual, beachside eatery stands out for its local clam-and-corn chowder, conch fritters, lobster salad, and buttermilk-fried chicken with Cheddar cornbread and house-made slaw.
New this season are a series of cocktails based on the gin-and-tonic...Read more »
Jani Chinese & Japanese Restaurant in Rockville Centre has closed. The restaurant, part of a Long Island chainlet, served spicy tuna rolls, chicken tempura and mu shu pork. It was located on Sunrise Highway.
Remaining Jani restaurants are scattered all over Long Island, with branches in Wantagh, Mineola, Hicksville and Huntington Station. ...Read more »
Rejoice, George Echeverria fans. Today marks the official opening of the chef’s new restaurant, Eric’s Italian Bistro in Mineola
Echeverria’s first restaurant, Soigne in Woodmere, was a South Shore favorite for eight years before the chef headed north to Huntington to join the team that opened Amicale in Huntington in 2011. A year later he took over the kitchen at Andiamo in Mineola, with...Read more »
Art Gustafson who, last year, took over as chef at Chadwick’s at the Station in Rockville Centre, just bought the restaurant. First thing he did was change the name to Chadwick’s American Chop House & Bar. And, Gustafson said, he is embarking on a remodeling process inside and out. Instead of closing the restaurant, though, he will be updating one room at a time. Come the warmer weather, he...Read more »
Heather West — the season 2 winner of Fox’s “Hell’s Kitchen” — has bid arrivederci to Ciao Baby in Commack and Massapequa Park, where she was executive chef for over a year. She is now chef at Thatched Cottage, a catering venue in Centerport.
At Ciao Baby, co-owner Frank Cammarata is now back in charge of the kitchen. Cammarata said that he is sticking with the menu that he and West planned...Read more »
Perusing the lunch menu today at La Piazza in Melville, I was immediately drawn to the capellini cakes ($11), described as “golden-fried pasta cakes, stuffed with green peas, Parma prosciutto, mozzarella, over pink sauce.”
How could those be bad? They sound like the fried capellini balls at King Umberto in Elmont, one of the tastiest morsels on Long Island. I ordered the appetizer as soon...Read more »