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Crazy Crepe made its debut last week in the former Smithtown home of Lemon Leaf Thai. This is the second such creperie for owner Kevin Muller, who launched the original Crazy Crepe in Selden this winter.
Both counter-serve spots offer sweet and savory crepes, Belgian waffles, smoothies, salads and wraps. There's a crepe with ham and cheese ($7.50), a Buffalo crepe with chicken, Cheddar,...Read more »
New York City was the big winner at last night's James Beard culinary awards. Most of the most important awards went to local restaurants and chefs including Mario Batali, Wylie Dufresne and David Chang.
The annual award ceremony, sponsored by New York-based non-profit James Beard Foundation, took place at Avery Fisher Hall and was hosted by actor Oliver Platt.
Chefs from all over the...Read more »
The new BurgerFi in Oceanside is sleek and modern with accents of green — both the color and the concept. This is the first branch of a Florida-based franchise chain to open on Long Island; sustainability — both in decor and menu — is central to its concept.
While I was glad my burger was hormone and antibiotic-free, I wished I could have gotten it medium-rare. Instead, I was told, the...Read more »
Weekends are a 24-hour affair at the new Bread & Butter Bistro in Holtsville. The pub-style eatery, attached to the Ramada Plaza Long Island hotel, serves round the clock both Friday and Saturday.
British-born Piers Stringer, who is also executive chef at the Emporium in Patchogue, has scaled down his ambitious opening menu. Gone are the steak and biscuits and chicken potpie, replaced...Read more »
Graceful Rose, the Port Jefferson restaurant that owner Richard Morrison opened with lottery winnings, has a new executive chef: Massimo Fedozzi, most recently of Vero in Amityville.
Fedozzi replaces Vincent Michaels, who created the menu and oversaw the kitchen when the waterside restaurant opened last fall.
A gifted Italian chef, Fedozzi said that he is working on a new menu. For now,...Read more »
The amount of protein and the level of cholesterol in Smithtown have just spiked.
Newcomer Luso is packed with diners reveling in the assortment of grilled meats that's the churrascaria's specialty. Waiters arrive brandishing skewers of them, and you choose what you want.
But, while the all-you-can-eat carnivore's carnival offers quantity, sometimes chewing the red meat is like nibbling...Read more »
A burrito can be whatever you want it to be at the new East Coast Burrito Co. in East Setauket. The new casual counter-serve eatery offers a “build-a-burrito” option, allowing eaters to get creative with a set list of Tex-Mex ingredients.
“People like to customize their food,” said chef co-owner Tim Martino, who cooked at Toast in Port Jefferson. For $8.95, you get to pick a protein — like...Read more »
The May 3 reopening of Claudio's Clam Bar in Greenport coincided with the dockside eatery's 25th anniversary. This according to manager Steve Pisacano, who said that while the docks and bulkheads were badly damaged by superstorm Sandy, the structure itself wasn't compromised despite taking on some water.
The nearby and more formal Claudio's Restaurant, a block away, has been open about a month....Read more »
Jetty Bar & Grill, the post-Sandy reincarnation of Bahia Social Club, opened last night in Long Beach's still-recovering West End.
Bahia’s original owners Mike Orza and John Rugolsky have been joined by partner Chris Fiumara. According to Fiumara, the place has been entirely revamped, with a “beachy feel,” a raised ceiling and a communal table made out of reclaimed wood and rails from...Read more »
Roslyn is back up to its full complement of three ambitious Greek restaurants; Kyma joins MP Taverna and Limani in Long Island’s epicenter of Greek gastronomy.
Kyma takes over the freestanding building that housed Trata Estiatorio. (Trata’s seasonal Hampton’s location will be opening soon in Water Mill.) The new restaurant’s owners are John Chatiris, who owns Ethos Gallery restaurant in Manhattan,...Read more »